Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 10:30am

Church Center for the United Nations, 10th floor
777 United Nations Plaza, New York
This interactive panel will focus on pragmatic aspects of women's empowerment and sustainable development. Speakers include Puerto Rican women working towards a citizen's audit of the debt, a chaplain working on ratification of CEDAW in the US, and a former guerrilla now grandmother speaking on personal practices of peace. All aim to equip communities and individuals to create justice and transformation, with a focus on gender justice. Inspiration and perseverance are fostered by song and solidarity. We conclude by offering multiple avenues for engagement.

Speakers include:
  • Eileen Llorens and colleagues, activists for a Puerto Rican citizen's audit
  • Katherine Power, spiritual practitioner for peace
  • Rev. Dionne Boissière, Chaplain, Church Center at the United Nations
  • Kristin Hoffman, musician and peace activist
  • Grove Harris, Moderator and respondent, Temple of Understanding
Co-Sponsored by the  Temple of Understanding, Servicios Ecumenicos para Reconcilliation y Reconstrucion (SERR), Loretto Community, Religions for Peace-USA, United Religions Initiative (URI), and Feminist Task Force

The Fifth Annual Interfaith Service
of Gratitude and Remembrance
Friday, March 15, 2019, 4:00 PM

Church Center for the United Nations, Chapel
777 United Nations Plaza, New York City

Join us in prayerful remembrance of those who have gone before us
and who continue to inspire our lives. 

Co-Sponsored by the Temple of Understanding, Parliament of the World's Religions, NGO Committee on the Status of Women, World Peace Prayer Society, International Federation of Women in Legal Careers, United Religions Initiative, and United Methodist Women

Conversations on Social Cohesion:
Stories of Women, Faith, and Leadership

Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 12:30pm

UNFPA 5th Floor, Orange Cafe
605 3rd Avenue, NY
RSVP by March 15 to [email protected]

There's much debate today about whether women have "come a long way" in religious, interfaith, and religious peace-building organizations. This panel brings together a remarkably diverse group of veterans of the fraught gender wars, from different regions and religious communities. Join us to hear them share their experiences and ideas for making things better--and to contribute your fresh ideas and suggestions.

Speakers include:
  • Rev. Dionne Boissière, Chaplain, Church Center at the United Nations
  • Joyce Dubensky, Chief Executive Officer, Tanenbaum
  • Grove Harris, UN Representative, Temple of Understanding
  • Azza Karam, Senior Advisor on Culture and Social Development, UNFPA
  • Audrey Kitagawa, Chair, Parliament of the World's Religions
  • Katherine Marshall, Executive Director, World Faiths Development
  • Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Secretary-General, Global Interfaith WASH
  • Canon Sarah Snyder, Archbishop of Canterbury's Advisor for Reconciliation
New Book: Radical Joy for Hard Times
Trebbe Johnson, a speaker in the TOU's Science, Ecology, and Faith speaker series, has a new book out: Radical Joy for Hard Times: Finding Meaning and Making Beauty in Earth's Broken Places. An excerpt appears in the online journal Deep Time: A Journal of the Work that Reconnects. Trebbe's work offers guidance in " how we hold and express our grief and love for our world. "

New Multifaith Ecological Justice Initiatives  
We are very excited about the work of the Faith Science Alliance for Climate Leadership. Their 2019 kick-off event, towards advocacy at the state level, was awesome. We will be sharing more on this and Boston's upcoming March 10 event, "Climate Change, Extreme Weather, and Vulnerability: An Interfaith Summit on How to Respond."

Please also explore the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative, a global movement to protect what some call the "lungs" of our planet!

The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative was launched at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway in 2017. In a first-of-its-kind summit, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu and Taoist religious leaders joined forces with indigenous peoples from Brazil, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Meso-America and Peru to make the protection of rainforests an ethical priority for the world's faith communities.


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