Women supporting women of diverse faiths...
The Women’s Interfaith Institute celebrated its 10th anniversary with an Open House at the Institute, located next door to the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in downtown Seneca Falls. The organization’s sister Institute in the Berkshires (MA) recently celebrated their 20th as well.
The Women’s Interfaith Institute was founded in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts in 1992 under the leadership of Dr. Allison Stokes.
After Allison moved to New York, she organized the Institute’s Finger Lakes affiliate
in 2002. Although the two non-
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The Women’s Interfaith Institute is extremely proud to have presented “Pink Smoke Over the Vatican” in a special fundraising event as part of the 2013 Convention Days Celebration in Seneca Falls, NY.
Following the film, WII’s Founding Director Dr. Allison Stokes led a discussion which
involved many of the more-
According to the film’s director, Jules Hart, Pink Smoke Over the Vatican is a documentary film about the controversial movement of women seeking to be ordained as priests in the Roman Catholic Church.
On June 3, 2008, The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a sweeping order of excommunication for “the crime of attempting sacred ordination of a woman.”
Pink Smoke Over the Vatican chronicles the events that led up to this severe punishment and tells the stories of the determined women and men who, through the forbidden and illicit path of female ordination, Hart maintains are working to end the misogyny and outdated feudal governance that she believes is slowly destroying the Roman Catholic Church.
“The film was an eye-
The 2013 Convention Days celebration in Seneca Falls was the backdrop for another
In a fascinating discussion and show-
Pink Smoke Over the Vatican
A Collector’s Tale
The WII Board joined with the Women’s Institute for Leadership & Learning (WILL) on International Women’s Day, March 8, to present the fourth in a series of unique opportunities to see and hear Elizabeth Cady Stanton speak. This year’s event, entitled “Declaring
Equality: Renewing a Legacy,” featured author, activist, and women’s rights advocate Nadia Shahram in a dialogue with Stanton at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park. Stanton was portrayed by Dr. Melinda Grube, an historian and adjunct professor with Cayuga County Community College who has studied Stanton’s works and life extensively, and uses her knowledge to seemingly bring Stanton to life.
“Nadia is a mesmerizing speaker, whose many talents as an author, artist, dancer and activist provides invaluable perspective and insight into the Muslim faith and women’s struggle for equality,” said Adriene Emmo, founding member of WILL.
“Her interaction with Stanton was an insightful and moving experience for the audience,” Emmo continued.
Both shared surprisingly similar stories of childhood experiences which served as inspiration to effect change, including the motivation to learn the law. Stanton was especially angered by the unjust treatment of women who came to her father for legal counsel, only to find that the law provided little protection or regard for women.
While Shahram’s legal expertise helps women improve their lives through the judicial
process, Stanton suggested that in the mid-
“We were pleased with the participation, and especially for those who traveled great
distances to join this exciting dialogue,” said Dr. Allison Stokes, Founding Director
of the Interfaith Institute. Stokes invited Shahram to bring her unique perspective
as a Muslim woman and her expertise as an activist to create a forum for conversation
with Stanton. “The feedback was tremendously positive,” Stokes added, noting that
Shahram talked about a second, follow-
(Click on the 2014 IWD Poster, left, for a printable copy.)
The entire 2014 dialogue presentation featuring Nadia Shahram and Elizabeth Cady Stanton (Dr. Melinda Grube) will soon be available for viewing on YouTube. Check back here often for updates and a link to the video.
2014 International Women’s Day: When Stanton Met Shahram
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Dialogue between two legal minds who, though generations apart, share similar stories
Without the freedom to choose our own path, to express our thoughts, to minister to others, or be regarded as a contributor, women would not be able to promote faith in the
powerful and meaning ways we are capable of.
Imagine a world where 50% of the ideas that could promote healing, growth, spiritual strength, and peace are stifled.
Sound ridiculous and tragic? In many ways, it’s the world we live in…
This is why equality for women is very much a part of the Women’s Interfaith Institute and our mission to empower women of faith.
Many of WII’s recent programs focus on that connection. The 2013 Convention Days celebration in Seneca Falls provided a showcase opportunity.
See related stories entitled, “A Collector’s Tale” and “Pink Smoke Over the Vatican” below.
2012 Convention Days Celebrated -
Other Past Events:
Joan Grela presents Allison Stokes with a proclamation from Senator Mike Nozzolio and Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb in recognition of the 10th Anniversary of the Women’s Interfaith Institute in the Finger Lakes.
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