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.
- Dr. Leila Ahmed, Harvard Divinity School
- Ms. Sharifa Alkhateeb, North American Council for Muslim Women
- Rev. Dr. Dorothy A. Austin, Memorial Church, Harvard University; Harvard Divinity School
- Dr. Ann Braude, Harvard Divinity School, Women’s Studies in Religion Program
- Sister Helen Marie Burns, Leadership Conference of Women Religious
- Ms. Elora Chowdhury, The Ford Foundation
- Dr. Shamita Das Dasgupta, Manavi, Inc.
- Ms. Sheila Decter, American Jewish Congress
- Dr. Diana L. Eck, The Pluralism Project at Harvard University
- Ms. Blu Greenberg, Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, JOFA
- Ms. Karen Hessel, National Council of Churches, Justice for Women
- Ms. Tiffany Horton, Muslim Women’s League
- Dr. Kathleen S. Hurty, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Department of Ecumenical Affairs
- Dr. Mary Hunt, Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual, WATER
- Ms. Fatimah Iliasu, Karamah:Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights
- Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard JFK School of Government
- Ms. Cherrefe Kadri, Islamic Center of Greater Toledo
- Dr. Cheryl Kirk-Duggan, The Graduate Theological Union, Center for Women and Religion
- Dr. Ellen Marson, Hadassah
- Ms. Judith Silverman, Women of Reform Judaism
- Ms. Joyce D. Sohl, United Methodist Church, Women’s Division
- Ms. Lynn Szwaja, Rockefeller Foundation
- Dr. Jyotsna Vaid, Committee on South Asian Women, COSAW
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.