Women

Southern Baptist Leaders Vote for Controversial Changes at Annual Convention

June 15, 2000

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On June 15, 2000, the Chicago Sun-Times published an article on the reaction of Rev. Elaine Graham, a pastor in a Southern Baptist church in Calumet City, Illinois, to the SBC ban on female pastors. Graham is one of about two dozen Baptist female pastors in the Chicago metropolitan area, which claims 50,000 Southern Baptists. Though she has no intention of mentioning the SBC vote in her Sunday sermon, Graham emphasized the benefit of having female pastors: "Women are sometimes more open to talking with another woman." Graham, who...

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Southern Baptist Leaders Vote for Controversial Changes at Annual Convention

June 14, 2000

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On June 14, 2000, The Houston Chronicle reported that Southern Baptist moderates will challenge revisions to the denomination's mission statement. Charles Wade, executive director of the Texas Baptist convention, stated: "If this document is adopted, even though it is not binding on individual Baptists or churches, it will be used by SBC-appointed trustees to test the doctrinal positions of seminary professors and missionaries." Moderates have largely ignored the national convention and have developed alternative groups such...

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Rabbi Finds Meaning in Everyday Life

May 28, 2000

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On May 28, 2000, the Chicago Sun-Times published the article "Rabbi Finds Meaning in Everyday Life" as part of their Power From the Pulpit series. The article highlighted the ministry of Rabbi Karyn Kedar, Jerusalem's first female rabbi. Kedar has recently accepted the job as regional leader of the 62 congregations spread over Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota.

Muslim Women Proclaim the Freedom of Hijab

May 19, 2000

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On May 19, 2000, The Columbus Dispatch reported that "The Koran calls for both Muslim women and men to dress modestly in public. Although Islam doesn't specify a style or form of dress, Suzanne Haneef writes in her book What Everyone Should Know About Islam and Muslims that a woman is required to 'be completely covered except for her hands and face and that her dress should conceal her form, be loose and nontransparent, and not of a kind to attract attention by its beauty. Many non-Muslim women might think of such dress...

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Passover

April 18, 2000

Source: The Boston Herald

On April 18, 2000, The Boston Herald published an article entitled, "A Long Journey to Passover: Women's Seder Helps Russian Emigrants Reconnect with Their Jewish Roots."

Passover

April 17, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On April 17, 2000, the Los Angeles Times published an article on the growing trend of including Miriam in the Passover Seder. In the Biblical story of the Jews' Exodus from Egypt, Miriam, Moses' oldest sister, kept up the spirits of the fleeing Israelites and was rewarded by God with a miraculous well that traveled with them to help them survive as they wandered the desert. Traditionally, a cup is offered on the Seder table for Elijah, but some Jews, many of whom are using a feminist version of the Seder prayer book, the Haggada,...

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Protests by Muslims and Women Over Ad Campaign in Los Angeles Times

April 15, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On April 15, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Feminist Majority Foundation and the local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) have demanded that the Los Angeles Times pull parts of an advertising campaign that the groups claim are offensive. A $15-million advertising campaign in print and on television by the Los Angeles Times, tied with the slogan "Connecting Us to The Times," contains juxtaposed images of Southern California life with scenes representing Muslim societies in some of their ads....

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Interfaith Panel Discusses Barriers for Women in Ministry

March 25, 2000

Source: The Denver Post

On March 25, 2000, The Denver Post published an article about a panel discussion on women in ministry at the Denver Area Interfaith Clergy Conference in Colorado. Rev. Cindy Cearley, co-pastor of Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, stated: "I've learned the art of restraint...Women ministers hear comments such as 'you don't look like a minister'." Cearley continued to say that male clergy are given "automatic" authority while her "authority has to come from who I am and how I do my job." In Reform Judaism, even though 10 to 15...

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More Women Studying Jewish Faith

March 13, 2000

Source: The Boston Globe

On March 13, 2000, The Boston Globe reported that a new study of American Jews, to be released today at Brandeis University, finds that among involved but non-Orthodox Jews women are more likely than men to be studying their faith. Sylvia Barack Fishman, co-director of the Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish Women, which is releasing the study, stated: "One of the extraordinary results of Jewish feminism is that there has been real sea change in attitudes toward girls and women studying traditional texts, so that...

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Women in Orthodox Judaism

February 19, 2000

Source: New York Daily News

On February 19, 2000, the Daily News reported that the 3rd International Conference on Feminism and Orthodoxy will be held on February 20-21 at the Grand Hyatt hotel in midtown Manhattan to discuss the role of women in Orthodox Judaism. Although women and men are not seated together and women are still not counted in the minyan, many Orthodox synagogues have begun to let women recite the Kaddish, the ritual prayers of mourning. Blu Greenberg, president of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, estimates that the number of women...

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FEASST - A New Center for Feminist Spirituality

January 29, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On January 29, 2000, the Los Angeles Times published an article on FEASST, the new center in Long Beach, California dedicated to exploring and supporting social justice and feminist spirituality among all faiths and backgrounds. FEASST is an acronym of the center's area of focus - feminism, education, action, spirituality, support, and thealogy (deliberately spelled in the feminine form). The new center was erected to fill the vacuum left by the pioneering Immaculate Heart College Center in Los Angeles, which will close this June...

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Nation of Islam Appoints Woman to Lead Group's Southern Region

October 16, 1999

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On October 16, 1999, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that Ava Muhammad has been appointed by Louis Farrakhan to lead the Nation of Islam's Southern region. "Farrakhan's appointment not only defied 1,400 years of Muslim custom - traditional Muslims do not allow women to lead mean in a mosque - but it offered graphic evidence that the Nation is moving away from its pit bull approach to race and religion." Muhammad, an attorney who has formed alliances with Black clergy and still insists that she's a...

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The Changing Face of Judaism

May 31, 1999

Source: The Courier-Journal

On May 31, 1999, The Courier-Journal of Louisville published an article on Congregation Keneseth Israel in Louisville, which recently voted to give men and women equal roles in worship services. Women in this Conservative synagogue will now be allowed to read from the Torah during services. Rabbi Shmuel Mann, leader of Keneseth Israel, stated: "I have ambivalent feelings, in the sense that it's tough for a congregation to go through this move, but hundreds of Conservative congregations have done that over the last 25 years. On...

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Immigrant Religious Communities in Houston

April 17, 1999

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On April 17, 1999, The Houston Chronicle published an article on research being conducted by Helen Rose Ebaugh, a University of Houston sociologist, on immigrant religious communities in Houston under the formal name of The Religion, Ethnicity, New Immigrants Research. Ebaugh identified 793 immigrant congregations in Houston and developed in-depth case studies on 13 of the congregations. Ebaugh stated that, "aside from being a spirituality center, the church, the mosque, the temple or gurdwara becomes a home away from home....

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