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Monthly Bring & Share Program - Join us for a monthly gathering to enjoy company and conversation that celebrates faith in any and all forms.  

Next date: Monday, March 24, 6-8 pm at the Women’s Interfaith Institute, 140 Fall Street, corner of Clinton and Fall Streets in Seneca Falls.

Bring an appetizer - or something easy to share - and enjoy dinner and engaging conversation among friends.

Prior to the 2009 fire that destroyed many precious books, volunteers helped organize the WII lending library, an important facet of the educational programming at the Institute.

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Discussion Topics are Welcome - The monthly Bring & Share Program at WII is an opportunity to feature a short film, reading, or discussion topic that will inspire meaningful discussion.  If you have an idea, please contact Allison and make plans to join us for an upcoming date.

Check the calendar for currently planned dates.  All meetings are regularly scheduled for 6-8 pm at the Women’s Interfaith Institute, 140 Fall Street, corner of Clinton and Fall Streets in Seneca Falls.

Declaration of Equalities Calls for Rights for Muslim Women


Recently discussed at the Women’s Interfaith Institute

Ms. Nadia Shahram, Esq. along with students and colleagues from the University at Buffalo school of Law will present a “Declaration Of Equalities.” It is a list of demands and sentiments that aspire to change and eliminate laws and cultural practices that are discriminatory, biased, oppressive, and prejudicial towards women, particularly women of Islam.

This proclamation is the first stage of a series of documents and declarations aimed to promote justice and human rights for Muslim Women throughout the world. The inspiration for this document came from Ms. Shahram’s collaboration and work with various organizations associated with Seneca Falls, Women’s Rights movements, and the original “Declaration Of Sentiments” written in 1848 for the first Women’s Rights Convention.

Ms. Shahram is planning to formally unveil this document during the Convention Days Anniversary Celebrations on July 19th in Seneca Falls.  Shahram, along with students,

colleagues, and distinguished members of the community will present their Proclamation to the public and invited guests to share and support in this historic event through their signatures.

In addition to the unveiling of the Declaration of Equalities and the Convention Days celebrations, we are also  planning a distinguished speaker and panel discussion, an arts and cultural program, and a film screening.

Follow this link to Shahram’s Declaration of Equalities on Facebook.

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Daisy Kahn to Keynote Convention Days Feature: Annual WII Dinner

The Women’s Interfaith Institute is proud to host renowned Muslim activist Daisy Kahn on Friday, July 18, 2014 and invite all to hear her remarks as keynote speaker at their Annual Dinner in Seneca Falls.  

Part of the Convention Days Celebration weekend, the event will take place at the Gould Hotel, beginning with cocktails at 6:00 followed by dinner at 7:00 pm.  Tickets are available at Pam’s Copy Shop or Sinicropi Florist in Seneca Falls, or can be reserved by calling Adriene Emmo at (315) 521-3461.  Tickets are $45, with proceeds supporting continued interfaith programming.  Seating will be limited, so early reservations are encouraged.

Daisy Khan is Executive Director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), a New York-based non-profit dedicated to strengthening an expression of Islam based on cultural and religious harmony and building bridges between Muslims and the general public. At ASMA, she has led numerous interfaith events like the theater production Same Difference and the Cordoba Bread Fest banquet. She has launched two groundbreaking flagship programs: the Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow (MLT) and Women's Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE), global movements to empower Muslim youth and women.

Khan regularly lectures around the globe and has participated in panels with Christians, Jews, and Buddhists. She has appeared on numerous media outlets, including CNN, Al Jazeera, and BBC World's Doha Debates, and she often contributes to documentaries on Islam and Muslims. She is a weekly columnist for the Washington Post's "On Faith" and is frequently quoted in print publications such as Time Magazine, Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, and the New York Times.

Born in Kashmir, Khan spent twenty-five years as an interior architect for various Fortune 500 companies before committing to full-time community service. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Interfaith Center's Award for Promoting Peace and Interfaith Understanding, Auburn Seminary's Lives of Commitment Award, the Annual Faith Leaders Award, and 21 Leaders for the 21st Century.

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