When Ada María Isasi-Díaz lived in Chile, she had a neighbor who lived in extreme poverty who she remembered as someone “who never lost her sense of dignity and purpose of life,” even while she struggled day after day for her survival. She explained, “I remember the steadiness of her struggle: day after day she dealt with the reality of the present and survived that day in order to be able to face the next.”
From that experience Ada María Isasi-Díaz began to develop la lucha as a category of social analysis and as a theo-ethical category. La Lucha is a way of recognizing the reality of the grand injustices very much in place impacting people in their every day lives and how embedded these are into our intersecting systems and structures. The need for fuerzas para la lucha (strength for the struggle) is therefore great.
Yet, Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz reflected,
I have never been scared of burning out, often singing to myself, “I ain’t no ways tired. I’ve come too far from where I started from. Nobody told me the road would be easy.” And, as to burning up, that is what life is all about, isn’t it? For me life is about being passionate for justice! That is what fulfills me; that is what gives me energy and creativity.
In that spirit, we share with you some of the upcoming events and gatherings that have been shared with us which may serve to sustain your passion and fuel your strength as you do your own work for justice!
2016 ASWM Conference the Association for the Study of Women and Mythology
April 1-2, 2016, Boston, Massachusetts
“Seeking Harbor in Our Histories: Lights in the Darkness”
Three FAR contributors are on this year’s conference schedule and Kate Brunner (FAR co-weaver) will have a table labeled “Feminism and Religion” at the Networking Luncheon on Friday afternoon.
Feminist Strategies in the Classroom and Beyond
Saturday, April 9th, 8:30 AM – 5 PM, Brandeis University
A symposium of practical advice from faculty members and graduate students across the disciplines – as well as writers and activists – about feminist, hands-on approaches to learning, teaching, knowledge production, and publishing. This event is free. Space is limited and RSVP is required. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Queer the Church!
Friday, April 15th 6:00pm
A gathering hosted by the creative project “Queer Clergy Trading Cards” in Oakland, CA
An opportunity to connect with others who are invested in embodying the kin-dom for today and an opportunity to have fun imaging your own fun Queer Clergy Trading Card!
Fetish Boots and Running Shoes: Indecent Theology Today into Tomorrow
Friday July 8th One-day Conference at the University of Winchester Winchester, U.K.
Focused on the work of Marcella Althaus-Reid and the continuing life of her work.
More information forthcoming.
Towards Abundant Life in the 21ST Century: Feminist Reflections
Tuesday 26th July to Friday 29th 2016
Britain and Ireland School of Feminist Theology, Summer School 2016
At University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR
For further information contact: Professor Lisa Isherwood mailto:email@example.com
Spotlight: A Movie Worth Discussing
A resource created by the FaithTrust Institute. The film offers a wonderful opportunity for faith communities to openly discuss the impact of child sexual abuse and address the steps that we can take to ensure safe communities for children and others who are vulnerable. This multi-faith discussion guide, focusing on four themes that are relevant to faith groups and includes text studies for Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities to explore how these traditions discuss individual and community responsibility.
These are just a few possibilities for gaining fuerzas para la lucha. To make a suggestion, share an upcoming event, or pertinent information relevant to the readership of Feminism and Religion, please send your suggestion to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add it to our Feminist Sparks page.
Don’t burn out, Rage on!