Consultation on Women’s Networks in Multi-Religious America

In 2001, the Pluralism Project embarked on a new initiative to convene and cultivate Women’s Networks in Multireligious America. This first consultation of religious advocacy organizations, recognized that women rarely held formal leadership positions, but played critical roles within the community. The common concerns of religious women represented important opportunities for collaboration, yet their voices were rarely heard within the public conversation, or the traditional structures of interfaith dialogue. This event was first in a series of multi-religious consultations with women leaders, activists, and academics. This first meeting served as an introduction to a range of individuals and organizations, providing a much-needed forum for conversation across difference and identifying important points of intersection.

Participants

Agenda

Saturday, April 28, 2001

12:00–1:30 PM Opening Lunch at the Barker Center for the Humanities, Harvard University. Remarks by Diana Eck.

1:30–3:30 PM Participant Introductions

3:30–4:00 PM Coffee/Tea Break

4:00–5:30 PM Participant Introductions (continued)

5:30–5:45 PM Walk from Barker Center to Lowell House Master’s Residence

5:45–8:30 PM Reception and Dinner at Lowell House

Sunday, April 29, 2001

9:00–10:30 AM Breakfast

10:30–12:30 PM Discussion Sessions. A series of half-hour topical discussion sessions with selected participants acting as co-leads for each topic.

12:30–2:00 PM Lunch

2:00–3:00 PM Discussion Sessions (continued)

3:00–3:30 PM Discussion on Next Women’s Consult

3:30–4:00 PM Closing Session. Brief interfaith service by the Harvard Inter-Religious Women’s Council.