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Women and Religion

I Used to Be a Muslim Fundamentalist. Here Is My Story.

Ladan Archin | Posted 02.13.2015 | World
Ladan Archin

Ever since the Boston marathon bombings, the question I hear most often is "why would a Western-educated individual become so radicalized?" While everyone's path is unique, I wanted to share my journey, albeit from a female perspective, to help make sense of what has led -- for some -- to senseless acts of violence.

Alexander the Great through Jean Racine's eyes

Alexandra Symeonidou | Posted 01.12.2015 | Books
Alexandra Symeonidou

It was no accident that the great Hellenist French dramatist of the 17th century studied and worked on Alexander! He is one of the unique writers and ...

Violence Against Women

Alexandra Symeonidou | Posted 12.14.2014 | Books
Alexandra Symeonidou

November 25 has been enacted and instituted by the United Nations Council as the Day against women's violence in remembrance of the Mirabal sisters wh...

Lessons Learned from the Atheist Alliance of America Convention

Andreea Nica | Posted 10.18.2014 | Religion
Andreea Nica

While I don't entirely consider myself an atheist, I was thoroughly impressed with the caliber of speakers and activists in the atheist community. I realized how important the atheist movement is to challenging systematic ideologies in the political, social, economic and religious realm.

The Woman's Status in Islam

Alexandra Symeonidou | Posted 09.27.2014 | Books
Alexandra Symeonidou

We cannot disregard the status of the native women who live as genuine "products" of their human oppression who effortlessly accept their degrading part not only because they are not aware of anything different.

Redefining Spirituality, One Church for All

Andreea Nica | Posted 08.11.2014 | Religion
Andreea Nica

As a former lover of Christ and ex-Pentecostalist, I had countless visions and dreams that one day I would be a spiritual leader. While growing up in the charismatic church, it was even prophesied that one day I would become one.

Prisoners of Conscience: Jewish Women in the Holy Land

Vanessa L. Ochs | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion
Vanessa L. Ochs

I would like to hear their promise of support, now, rather than hear reports of their moral outrage later. I would like those who are signing the plan to insist that their participation in an aspect of it is contingent upon official decriminalization women's group prayer at the Kotel.

Alicia Keys, Joni Mitchell, and Some Women of the Bible

Michael Gilmour | Posted 02.12.2014 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

When the narrators of popular songs represent the male perspective, allusions to sacred imagery are often part of an effort to seduce. By contrast, when the narrator represents a female's perspective, allusions to sacred imagery sometimes highlight marginal status.

Being Out of Order

Carole Ganim | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Carole Ganim

People always want to know why I ever entered the convent in the first place. I left the convent for the same reasons as I had when I entered sixteen years earlier: I felt the Spirit's call and the call of conscience.

How Feminism Hurts Men

Micah J. Murray | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Micah J. Murray

Because of feminism, church stages and spotlights are often dominated by women. Men are encouraged to just serve in the nursery or kitchen. Sometimes men are even told to stay silent in church.

Mormon Women Wear Pants To Church, Get Death Threats

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 12.21.2012 | Women

Mormon women want to be the ones (also) wearing the pants ... in church. In a sartorial protest for greater equality within the Church of Jesus Christ...

Over Half Americans Believe In Miracles

David Briggs | Posted 12.30.2012 | Religion
David Briggs

Even as more people appear to be turning away from organized religion, a new study finds that the number of Americans who definitely believe in religious miracles increased 22 percent in the past two decades.

God of Our Foremothers -- Why I am a Feminist Jew

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 12.02.2012 | Religion
Judy Bolton-Fasman

I am a feminist Jew because the God of my foremothers doesn't recognize a caste system and because I'm angry over the injustices too frequently lorded over Jewish women.

Ramadan Reflection Day 25: Women In The House Of God

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 10.13.2012 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

I never really understood why some mosques are so comfortable in creating spaces for women that really are just disrespectful, both of the women themselves and the ritual that they are coming to undertake.

Pope Finds Kindred Spirit In German 'Feminist' Saint

Posted 05.12.2012 | Religion

By Alessandro Speciale Religion News Service (RNS) Here are two things that don't typically go together: Pope Benedict XVI and feminist culture. ...

Gender Disparity In The Clergy

Gilah Kletenik | Posted 05.05.2012 | Religion
Gilah Kletenik

Together with my female colleagues, on a daily basis, I am engaged in the arduous task of breaking the stained glassed ceiling.

Losing My Religion: If I'm So Done With Faith, Why Do I Still Feel Its Loss?

Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 02.28.2012 | Women
Margaret Wheeler Johnson

I managed to live in New York for two years without it once occurring to me that I had so recently been a believer. Then I was reminded -- at exactly noon on a weekday in the spring of 2007.

The Jewish Holidays Mean Extra Work for Women

Dr. Sharon Ufberg | Posted 11.28.2011 | Women
Dr. Sharon Ufberg

These special family traditions and expectations are both a blessing and a burden for Jewish women, who while lovingly connected to their cultural heritage are also deeply engrossed in a full secular life of work, exercise, relationships and reality TV.

The Oldest Injustice

Christopher Cocca | Posted 08.08.2011 | Religion
Christopher Cocca

The mistreatment of women is one of the longest-running forms of human wickedness in our history and culture, down to the present. But Christianity ought to be a wellspring of egalitarianism.

Will the Real Islam Please Stand Up?

Leora Tanenbaum | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Leora Tanenbaum

Men have long interpreted Islam from their own point of view and declared that point of view universal for all believers.

A Rabbi Is Not a "Rabbi" in the Jewish Orthodox Twilight Zone

Leora Tanenbaum | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Leora Tanenbaum

Within Orthodoxy, the "rabbi" title for a woman with the exact same credentials as a male rabbi is considered as forbidden as eating pork on Yom Kippur.

Open Letter to the Pope: Revolutionize the Creed

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert S. McElvaine

Dear Pope Benedict XVI: As an American Catholic, I want to take the opportunity of your visit to our country to call upon you to reverse some of the m...