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Why We Stay? The Changing Role of Women in our Faith Communities

Time: 2:00 PM until 6:30 PM
Date: Sunday, September 20, 2015  
Location: James and Caroline Duff Banquet Center at Cintas Center, Xavier University
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Reservations: FREE and open to the public. Reservations appreciated but not required. 
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Why We Stay… The Changing Role of Women in our Faith Communities

An Interfaith symposium

Cincinnati, Ohio — There are long-held beliefs that Christianity, Judaism, and Islam do not empower women. Yet, women have been navigating this reality for many decades. On Sunday, September 20, 2015, 2-6:30pm, at the Cintas Center on the campus of Xavier University, explore the growing conversations around faith, feminism, and spirituality in a one-day symposium entitled, “Why We Stay… The Changing Role of Women in our Faith Communities.”

Feminists argue that you cannot be a true feminist if you are a practicing Christian, Muslim, or Jew. Likewise, religious practitioners claim that you cannot be a true Christian, Muslim, or Jew if you support feminist values. Nevertheless, women who practice these religious traditions and hold feminist values are not uncommon, and the question “Why do you stay?” is one that is frequently asked of them.

Gina Messina-Dysert, Jennifer Zobair and Amy Levin, co-editors of the soon to be released book, "Faithfully Feminist: Jewish, Christian, & Muslim Feminists on Why We Stay" will participate in this interfaith discussion. In “Faithfully Feminist,” 15 Christian women, 15 Muslim women, and 15 Jewish women, all of whom self-identify as feminists and as women of faith, share their stories of struggle and faith in a collection of insightful, witty, and provocative essays. The contributors to this anthology respond with passion and courage to critics who tell them that they cannot be both feminists and women of faith.

Judith Plaskow, the first Jewish feminist to identify herself as a theologian and professor emerita of Religious Studies at Manhattan College, Rosemary Redford Ruether, a pioneer Christian feminist theologian, internationally acclaimed church historian, and professor of Feminist Theology, and Amina Wadud, Islamic feminist scholar, teacher, and activist, co- authors of the book’s Foreword, will join the co-editors and experts from our local faith communities in this interfaith dialogue.

Funded in part by Xavier University Women of Excellence, the seminar is a collaborative program of the American Jewish Committee,  Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati, Brueggeman Center for Dialogue,  Institute for Spirituality and Social Justice, Jewish Community Relations Council, The Ethics/Religion & Society Program, The Center for Diversity & Inclusion, The Center for Interfaith Community Engagement, The Dorothy Day Center for Faith & Justice, XU Gender & Diversity Studies, XU Mission and Identity, and XU Theology Department.

All genders from diverse faith backgrounds are invited to this free symposium. For more information or to register for Why We Stay… The Changing Role of Women in our Faith Communities, call 513-745-3922 or email