SPEAKERS INTRODUCING THE TOPICS
Baha’i - Melinda Ojermark - Baha’i U.N. Assembly
Buddhist- Mrs Jayatilika - Sri Lanka Buddhist Vihara (Theravada)
Buddhist - Janis Nichtern - Dharmadhatu - Tibetan (Vijrayana)
Christian - Reverend Beatrice Blair - St. Marks Church (Epicopalian)
Christian - Reverend Kathleen LaCamera - United Methodist
Hindu - Dr. Cala Iyenger - Brahma Kumaris
Hindu - Sister Gayatri - Brahma Kumaris
Hindu - Depa Awal - Satya Sai Baba Bhajan Center
Islam - Ruxana Nasser, Attorney - Pres. Women’s Auxiliary - Bait Ul Zafar Mosque
Jain - Dr. Jyoti Ghandi - Director - Jain Temple
Judaism - Rabbi Linda Goodman - Temple Emmanu-El - (Reform)
Native (First) American - Lorraine Canoe - Algonquin Nation, Mohawk Tribe, Wolf Clan
Sikh - Maha Ananda Khalsa - Sikh Dharma
Sufi - Siraj Lewit - Chistiyya - Spirit of Guidance Center
Taoist - Rosemary Birardi - Taoist Institute of New York
Humanitarian Causes - Can women from different religions and spiritual traditions collaborate on humanitarian causes? (Such as
homelessness, Hunger etc.)
Women’s Position in Religion - Should women be content with their place or strive for more responsibility within organized religion?
Language of the Divine & Symbology - How has “He” - “She” language describing the Ultimate, defined women’s role in religion? Has the
concept of a female god in some Eastern and Native First American traditions helped promote women in religious leadership roles?
Women’s Influence in Religions Historically - Historically how have women influenced religious history? Who are some of the women saints
and leaders of Eastern & Western traditions?
Devotion & Rationalism - How has the division in the West between devotion (female) and rationalism (male) affected women’s role in
religion? In the Eastern religions such a division is not really common, (except perhaps in Chinese philosophy) men can be both devotional and
rational. Has this affected how Eastern men perceive the spiritual nature of women? Is there anything Western women can learn from Eastern
women with regard to this?
Family Obligations vs Spiritual Pursuits - How can women find time to devote to seeking the Divine with obligations of marriage, children and
Problem Solving Through Religious Organizations - Can religious organizations help take the burden off their working mothers with child
care and other services? What about a co-oping? The elderly. . .?
Women Counseling Women - Can religious or spiritual organizations offer women’s counseling services for special problems; abuse of wife or
children, alcohol or drug problems, dangerous neighborhoods?