Interfaith Studies

Continuing Commitment to Interfaith Dialogue

Building Human Solidarity: The Voices of Women

Session 2:

May 25, 2022

10 AM PDT

1 PM EDT

8 PM EAT

https://youtu.be/njg95q5ldGU

 

This is the second in a series of presentations on “Voices of Women Building Human Solidarity.” In the era of transition that we are experiencing today, we need to explore the enormous capacities of women for breaking through and beyond the divisions that exist in our world: cultural, religious, economic, political, environmental, and technological. This is a critical expression of Pope Francis’ Universal Synodal Process.

This series brings together women whose voices speak to these issues. These interactive presentations will be further explored with other significant topics in the February 2023 global interfaith conference, Walking Together in the Spirit of Laudato Si’ and Fratelli Tutti. Learn more at the conference website. Look for more presentations to come in July and September.

Presenters:

Susan Gunn is Director of the  Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns.  She will speak on Women Leaders in the Catholic Church Today. 

From Old Testament times to the present moment, women with a cause have been leading advocates for solidarity and justice. Women are universally limited by socio-economic conditions, and at the same time, connected by strong filial ties with those entering and exiting life, making them uniquely informed and positioned to recognize others as brothers and sisters and to actively work for their good. We will look at examples of women raising their voices for peace and justice like their Biblical ancestors before them. We will also examine the latest decisions by Pope Francis that support centering women in the work of the Catholic Church, giving new hope for advancing peace and justice with right relationships as our Creator intends for us all.

Dr. Mary Getui  is a professor in the Department of Religious Studies, Catholic University of Eastern Africa.  Her research and publications are focused on religion, education, culture, gender, peace and health.  From 2009-2015, she was Chairperson of the National AIDS Control Council.   She will speak on the Interface between Religion and Health: Implications for the Wellbeing of the African Woman. 

Moderator:

Marita Grudzen MHS is Associate Director Emerita and a founding member of the Stanford Geriatric Education Center, a national center in ethnogeriatrics within Stanford University School of Medicine. She was co-recipient with Chaplain Bruce Feldstein, MD, of the Templeton Award (2001-06) for the medical school required curriculum they developed, Spirituality and Meaning in Medicine. Marita co-developed the curriculum for the Fremont Community Ambassador Program for Seniors, and 25-hour Hospital to Home Transition training for volunteers from the Ethnic Minority Senior Services Consortium of San Jose, CA. Since 2011, every year Marita with her husband have co-developed, implemented, evaluated, and revised a 40-hour Interfaith Leadership Program in partnership with Christian, Muslim and African Indigenous Religious leaders in Kenya. Currently she is the Chair of “Stewards of Our Common Home” for the Diocese of San Jose, CA, coordinator of the first Interreligious Maryknoll Affiliate Chapter which consists of Muslims and Christians of different denominations, a member of the Global Ministries University faculty and secretary of the global interfaith bi-annual Conference, Walking Together in the Spirit of Laudato Si’ and Fratelli Tutti.

This event is free and open to the public but we ask that you register so we can plan on how many will participate.

Apologies, but registration is now closed. Please view the presentation on YouTube.

 


 

Session 1 took place in March:

Honoring Women’s History Month for the entire year, Global Ministries University, the Institute for Interreligious Dialogue and Islamic Studies at Tangaza University and Harmony Institute of Kenya will co-sponsor Building Human Solidarity: The Voices of Women, a series of bi-monthly hour-long sessions on YouTube in which women who are leaders in their fields will share their diverse perspectives.

The first of these presentations will take place on:

March 30, 2022

10:00 AM (PDT); 1 PM (EDT) North America

7 PM (SAT); 8 PM (EAT) Africa

On the Fratelli Tutti Conference YouTube Channel

Presenters:
Dr. Nontando Hadebe is a theologian and international coordinator for Side by Side, a faith movement for gender justice. She is a member of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians as well as the TCCRSA Women’s Caucus comprising Catholic women theologians in Africa. She was Visiting Fellow at the Jesuit School of Theology, Santa Clara University and Fulbright scholar in residence at Emmanuel College, Boston. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of South Africa, where she participated in groundbreaking research on gender and theological education in South African institutions. She co-edited A time like no other: COVID19 in Women’s Voices.

She will speak on The 3 legged Pot of 3 C’s in lives of African Women: Culture, Constitution, and Christianity.
The 3 Cs of Culture, Constitution, and Christianity shape women’s lives in Africa. Women receive contradictory messages about their status and identity: human rights-based constitutions and Bills of Rights in many African countries legalize equal rights of women against any form of discrimination; culturally some aspects and beliefs circumscribe the roles of women contradicting their constitutional rights and this is also true of the status of women in the Church. Therefore, women face contradictory messages from 3 institutions that are important in their lives and which they interact with daily. These contradictions constitute a form of violence against women. The liberation of women needs these 3 Cs to work together.
 
 
 
 
Dr. Nihal K. Sahan is a computer engineer with an MS degree from Lehigh University, PA, and a ThD from Global Ministries University. Nihal currently teaches at Santa Clara University. She is a social activist working on in the areas of women’s rights, youth mentoring/education, and social justice projects. She serves as Vice President of Programs for the Silicon Valley Chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA, and as a board member of the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council, and Global Ministries University.
 
She will speak on Wellness in Action: Regaining Women’s Potential One Refugee at A Time.
All refugees/immigrants face a range of challenges associated with their displacement, but refugee women face additional barriers because of their gender and social status in addition to language barrier. As part of my presentation, I will cover programs where we help immigrant/refugee women who have come to our community to remove their barriers to success and support marginalized individuals on their path to building stability for themselves and their families.
 
Moderator:
Marita Grudzen MHS is Associate Director Emerita and a founding member of the Stanford Geriatric Education Center, a national center in ethnogeriatrics within Stanford University School of Medicine. She was co-recipient with Chaplain Bruce Feldstein, MD, of the Templeton Award (2001-06) for the medical school required curriculum they developed, Spirituality and Meaning in Medicine. Marita co-developed the curriculum for the Fremont Community Ambassador Program for Seniors, and 25-hour Hospital to Home Transition training for volunteers from the Ethnic Minority Senior Services Consortium of San Jose, CA. Since 2011, every year Marita with her husband have co-developed, implemented, evaluated, and revised a 40-hour Interfaith Leadership Program in partnership with Christian, Muslim and African Indigenous Religious leaders in Kenya. Currently she is the Chair of “Stewards of Our Common Home” for the Diocese of San Jose, CA, coordinator of the first Interreligious Maryknoll Affiliate Chapter which consists of Muslims and Christians of different denominations, a member of the Global Ministries University faculty and secretary of the global interfaith bi-annual Conference, Walking Together in the Spirit of Laudato Si’ and Fratelli Tutti.
 
 
 

View the webinar on YouTube.

 

In the era of transition that we are experiencing today, we need to explore the enormous capacities of women for breaking through and beyond the divisions that exist in our world: cultural, religious, economic, political, environmental, and technological. This is a critical expression of Pope Francis’ Universal Synodal Process.
This series will bring together women whose voices speak to these issues. These interactive presentations will be further explored with other significant topics in the February 2023 global interfaith conference, Walking Together in the Spirit of Laudato Si’ and Fratelli Tutti.

Look for more presentations to come in May, July, and September.

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International Interfaith Conference On Fratelli Tutti A “Global” Success!

“A love capable of transcending borders is the basis of what in every city and country can be called ‘social friendship.’ Genuine social friendship within a society makes true universal openness possible.” (cf. Fratelli Tutti, 99)

 

 

 

Over 3,200 of our brothers and sisters from around the world joined the “Building Human Solidarity in the Light of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter, Fratelli Tutti ” international interfaith conference. It was a very fitting way to celebrate GMU’s 20th anniversary year! Attendee, Sister Nadine McGuiness SSJ, called the conference “totally wonderful” and stated that it was “the highlight of [her] summer.”

Thank you for your outstanding generosity! GMU attendees donated $1220 to Global Ministries University to support the conference on Fratelli Tutti. It is because of benefactors like these that GMU can continue to sponsor worldwide initiatives like this conference.

You can view the plenaries, workshops and global recaps on the conference YouTube channel. Subscribe to the channel for alerts on future presentations.

GMU’s Librarian, Judy Clarence, has compiled an extensive annotated bibliography on the issues covered in the conference. Whether you attended the conference or not, you can benefit from Judy’s expertise.

Read the Conference Bibliography here.

Marita Grudzen’s article on the Fratelli Tutti conference appeared in the recent issue of the Maryknoll Affiliates newsletter.

Global Citizenship

GMU is co-sponsoring an international and interreligious conference, “Building Human Solidarity in the Light of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter, Fratelli Tutti with the Institute for Interreligious Dialogue and Islamic Studies (IRDIS) and the State Islamic University, Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta, Indonesia (UIN). Other sponsors include the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID), the Harmony Institute, Umma University, the Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns, and the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (PISAI)

The central hub of the conference will be located at Tangaza University in Nairobi, Kenya with other hubs in Rome, Indonesia, and California. GMU will be hosting the “Hub of the Americas” in California.

Father Patrick Ryan, SJ, Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham University will be speaking via Zoom for US audiences on Islamophobia and paths to collaboration between Christians and Muslims around ways to achieve more global solidarity.

Former Governor of CA, Jerry Brown, will address the “Building Human Solidarity” conference in person on the Climate Crisis.

Fr Michael Agliardo, SJ, Executive Director of United States China Catholic Association will speak about the relationship of Laudato Si to Fratelli Tutti.

https://youtu.be/pKPJH8mO04U

The first workshop of the Hub of the Americas will be on racial justice with presentations by noted authors in this area of concern as well as participation by activists in social justice movements. Susan Gunn, Director, Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns, will moderate “Addressing Structures of Racism and Building Human Solidarity in the United States.”

The second workshop will be on the disparity of COVID-19 global vaccine distribution. Father Augustine Pamplany, Ph.D, Director of Institute of Science and Religion, Little Flower Seminary, Aluva, Kerala, India, and Managing Editor of the Indian Journal of Science and Religion will speak about the ethical implications of the pandemic in India as well as the developing world: “Voices from India and Africa on the Impact of the Coronavirus on the Health, Economy and Politics of the global community.”

The third workshop of the Hub of the Americas with be on the climate crisis, entitled, “Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor” with moderator, Marita Grudzen, Chair, Diocese of San Jose, “Stewards of Our Common Home.”

The conference will take place on August 19, 20 and 21, 2021 and will be available on Zoom and YouTube. There will be no charge to participate but donations are welcome.

Read the description of the concept of the “Fratelli Tutti” Conference here.

 

 
 

Interfaith Courses

GMU is collaborating with the Shogaku Zen Institute led by a female Zen priest psychologist, Grace Shireson.

The class on Fethullah Gulen is now being offered as part of an interfaith studies degree program but no longer as a separate Zoom class. It is taught by Nihal Sahan, the first Muslim doctoral graduate from GMU and Chair of the Muslim affiliated Pacifica Institute in the San Francisco Bay Area.
 
Please contact info@globalministriesuniversity.org for more information on how to sign up.
 
You can watch Dr. Grudzen’s interview with Jon Paul, the author of Fethullah Gulen: A Life of Hizmet, here.