Sisters in Spirit: An Inter-faith Dialogue on Community, Faith and Social Transformation

Wednesday, March 06, 2013
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Fromm Hall 125 - Maraschi Room
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Events and Lectures
Fedulow, Lydia B
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Sisters in Spirit: An Inter-faith Dialogue on Community, Faith and Social Transformation

Co-sponsored with University Ministry

Moderator: Lauryn Gregorio, B.A. Student Majoring in Theology and Religious Studies

How do women’s spiritual or religious perspectives inform, inspire and guide their work for social justice in their communities and in the world? Join four remarkable women, representing various spiritual faiths and traditions, as they engage in dialogue about the relationship between community, faith, and social transformation.

Toni Battle is the founder of The Legacy Project, a culture enrichment program, which celebrates the culture, tradition and histories of African American and Native American youth based in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunter’s Point. She specializes in diversity, cultural dynamics, healing from historical harms, cultural education, race relations, and intra-racial prejudice. She has certification in diversity dynamics from National Multicultural Institute (NMCI), specializing in cross-cultural dynamics/communication, sustained mediation dialogue, developing diversity initiatives, and diversity design & implementation, creating diversity councils, and recruiting and retaining a diverse workgroup and certification in LGBT Training from Out & Equal Workplace Advocates and Social Justice Mediation from Association for Dispute Resolution (ADR).

Karen Erlichman is a core faculty member in the Spiritual Guidance Program at Sofia University in Palo Alto, CA, as well as an adjunct faculty member at the Starr King School for the Ministry and the Chaplaincy Institute for Arts and Interfaith Ministries. Karen is passionate about creating diverse and welcoming spaces for exploring identity, spirituality and community.

Bhawana Kamil is the current president of the Muslim American Society (Bay Area Chapter), and serves as a Board Member on the Interfaith Council for Economics and Justice (ICEJ) for the County of Santa Clara. In addition, she is a member of Steering Committee for California Interfaith Power and Light (CIPL). Bhawana currently teaches Philosophy at Evergreen Valley College.

Mary Waskowiak, RSM has a long history in Catholic leadership and social justice work nationally and internationally. She is currently the director of development for the Mercy International Association. She is a past president of the Leadership Council of Women Religious (LCWR), and past president of the Institute of the Mercy Sisters of the Americas.

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