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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 gcws@mit.edu.

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:lisa.isherwood@winchester.ac.uk

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.



3 replies

  1. Has anyone read Frans de Waal’s new book, “The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism among the Primates?” The description (on Amazon.com) says, “de Waal seeks a bottom-up explanation of morality that emphasizes our connection with animals. In doing so, de Waal explores for the first time the implications of his work for our understanding of modern religion. Whatever the role of religious moral imperatives, he sees it as a ‘Johnny-come-lately’ role that emerged only as an addition to our natural instincts for cooperation and empathy.” One reviewer comments, “He makes a convincing case for the natural foundations of a secular ethics that is fully independent of religion without being dogmatically against it.” I would love to hear comments from some of the blog contributors.


    • I think De Waal makes perfectly good sense in rooting morality in our primate ancestors. However, he has a pretty unsophisticated understanding of religion as being based in God as lawgiver and judge and “man” as immoral without God.


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