Women

Nature Church Honors Divine Mother

May 11, 2009

Author: Melissa Nann Burke

Source: York Daily Record

http://ydr.inyork.com/ci_12339729

Many gave thanks in church Sunday to mom.

At the spiritually eclectic Nature Church, which attracts followers of Earth-based and nature religions, congregants also remembered the divine mother -- mother goddesses first revered by ancient cultures for qualities of motherhood, fertility or creation.

"She is the oldest, most primal, most universal of deity concepts...

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Women Explore Faith With Islam 101

May 4, 2009

Author: Jimmie Collins

Source: The Austin American-Statesman

http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/05/04/0504islam101.html

Jacquelyn Harper became a Muslim at the end of January. The 25-year-old said she has never before felt as close a bond with God.

"I started reading books (about Islam), and the books I was reading started to really make sense to me," said Harper, who converted from a...

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A Rising Anger In India's Streets

May 1, 2009

Author: Emily Wax

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/30/AR2009043004083.html

At a trendy pub in this cosmopolitan IT capital, Hemangini Gupta, 28, and some of her girlfriends were recently relaxing with cocktails after work. A group of Hindu men later followed them outside, verbally accosting them for drinking in a public bar and for wearing jeans.

"These...

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Muslim Women Seek to Lift the Veils Of Prejudice

May 1, 2009

Author: Carla Power

Source: The Times Online

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article6206936.ece

The satellite link to Hollywood sputtered out, leaving only one producer onstage giving tips on pitching scripts to American movie companies. But the audience of Muslim women remained rapt, taking notes and asking questions on how best to get a hearing with the big California studios.

Muslim Women: Visibility and...

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Muslim Woman's Appointment As Obama Advisor Draws Cautious Optimism

April 22, 2009

Author: Noha El-Hennawy

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-obama-advisor22-2009apr22,0,1997286.story

Egyptians are cautiously rejoicing over the recent appointment of a veiled Egyptian American Muslim woman as an advisor to President Obama.

Dalia Mogahed, senior analyst and executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, was appointed this...

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Women Religious Leadership Conference Faces Investigation for Continued ‘Problems’

April 18, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Catholic News Agency

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=15715

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious is being investigated by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith because of the “tenor and doctrinal content” of various addresses at the organization’s annual assemblies since 2001. One such address described “moving beyond the Church, even beyond Jesus” as “the...

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How a Reviled Women's Law Went From a Magazine to a Maelstrom

April 17, 2009

Author: Jessica Leeder

Source: The Globe and Mail

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20090417.AFGHAN17ART22272/TPStory/TPInternational/Asia/

The law that exploded Afghan women's rights onto the world stage began in obscurity two years ago, when it was published as a proposal in a magazine for Shia clerics.

From there, it was circulated to the Ministry of Justice, where it...

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Istanbul's First Female Mosque Designer

April 16, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7985351.stm

Among the dozens of mosques in Istanbul stands a radical exception.

It is not only different in design but is also the first to be designed by a woman.

Known for designing hotels and bars, Zeynep Fadillioglu said she wanted to create something contemporary.

She spoke to the BBC's Sarah Rainsford as they walked through the building.

Women Protesters Against 'Marital Rape' Law Spat On And Stoned In Kabul

April 16, 2009

Author: Tom Coghlan

Source: The Times Online

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article6098614.ece

A group of Afghan women who braved an enraged mob yesterday to protest against an “abhorrent” new Afghan law had to be rescued by police from a hail of stones and abuse.

The protest by about 200 women, unprecedented in recent Afghanistan history, was directed at the Shia Family Law passed last month by...

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Tibetan Buddhist Sect Roots for More Women Masters

April 13, 2009

Author: Anurag Sharma

Source: The Buddhist Channel

Wire Service: PTI

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=39,8006,0,0,1,0

They have followers in millions, spread across the world but this 800-year-old Buddhist sect, Drukpa, feels that the world really does not know much about them.

More than 200 monks, volunteers of the sect have assembled here to discuss ways to promote and conserve the heritage...

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Afghan Law Ignites Debate On Religion, Sex

April 11, 2009

Author: Pamela Constable

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/10/AR2009041003638.html

When Afghanistan's government quietly enacted a sweeping law last month restricting the rights of minority Shiite women, few Afghans were aware of what it said. But since the law's contents became known here just over a week ago, it has provoked an extraordinary public debate on the...

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Court Upholds Police Department's Uniform Guidelines

April 9, 2009

Author: Dwight Ott

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/20090409_Court_upholds_Police_Department_s_uniform_guidelines.html

A federal appeals court has upheld the Philadelphia Police Department's policy that forbids officers to wear Muslim head scarves on the job.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruling, issued Tuesday, affirmed a lower court...

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Hindu Woman Priest Named to Obama Faith Council

April 9, 2009

Author: Sunita Sohrabji

Source: India West

http://www.indiawest.com/readmore.aspx?id=1065&sid=1

Anju Bhargava, one of the handful of Hindu women priests in the U.S., has been appointed to the advisory council of President Barack Obama’s Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Obama announced the creation of the new office Feb. 5, and had named Eboo Patel, founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core, based...

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Learning Opportunity for Interfaith Couple

April 8, 2009

Author: Richard C. Dujardin

Source: The Providence Journal

http://www.projo.com/news/content/mothers_circle_04-08-09_BHDV7N1_v26.3862d44.html

“Why is this night different from all other nights?” the youngest asks as the family gathers around the table for the Passover Seder.

But at the home of Franklin and Mary Beth Schneider, a more fitting question might be, “Why is this Passover different...

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