Religion & Spirituality

Many of the world’s religions have maintained a patriarchal view of creation, human society and gender roles to the detriment of equal rights for women and girls. But faith and feminism are not mutually exclusive as many religious leaders and communities today are finding common ground with social justice agendas, including recognition for women’s equality. Increasing numbers of women are entering ministry and rabbinical roles while feminist theorists are influencing theological interpretations and debates across many religious traditions. Nuns, religious and women congregants are also advocating for increased autonomy, responsibility and participation in theological and institutional decision-making.

Sexularism: Religious Freedom American Style

In partnership with several Italian scholars, UCSBs department of religious studies gathered experts to discuss the way religious thought intersects with political legislation and action, particularly in the realm of sexuality. On this installment of Church, Sex, and the Public Sphere: Italy and the United States, Ann Pellegrini, Professor of Religious Studies at New York University, argues that the government should stay out of the regulation of morality Series (Voices, 11/2008).

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Women, Religion and Electoral Politics in the Islamic Republic


Speaker: Dr. Homa Hoodfar, Professor of Anthropology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University, Montreal

Organized by:Department of Gender and Women's Studies - Li Ka Shing Lecture Series

Location: 340 Stephens Hall, Sultan Conference Room

Our Mother, who Art in Earth: Refashioning Nomenclature and Predication of Divinity


The Women and Leadership Archives Lecture Series

Donald Wallenfang


Location: Piper Hall, Seminar Room, 2nd Floor

A Question of Habit: A documentary film on images of religious women in U.S. popular culture


Dr. Bren Ortega Murphy, a faculty member in communication studies and women and gender studies, will discuss and present portions of her film that examines the wide variety of visual images of Catholic nuns and sisters used in contemporary U.S. popular culture and contrasts these images with the lives of actual women religious, both historical and current.

Location: Klarchek Information Commons, 4th Floor Gathering Space

The Library Speaker Series is free, but RSVP is requested.
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