Women Change the World
In 2010, President Jones founded The Institute for Women, Religion, and Globalization. As women hold an unprecedented opportunity to influence economic development, conflict resolution, peace building, health conditions and environmental justice across the globe, it is imperative to better understand the role of women of faith as significant agents on the global stage.
The mission of the IWRG is to understand the role faith and belief plays in the major social justice issues that affect women and to work towards positive change in the lives of women in the United States and around the world. A key part of pursuing this mission is to explore the role of women and their religious practice, faiths and beliefs and their impacts on a global stage.
The mission is pursued through two types of programming, internal – programming that is aimed at benefitting the students, faculty and staff of Union Theological Seminary and public – programming aimed at providing educational opportunities education of women as religious and spiritual leaders; development of domestic and international scholars committed to cutting edge research, programming for public engagement on topics related to women, faith and globalization.
Currently, our initiatives are focused mainly around the Interfaith Women's Residency Program the Moyers Women of Spirit Lecture, and a new opportunity for women interested in interfaith community, Sanctuary. We are continuing to develop new initiatives, programs and would love your input!
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Interested in being a part of a vibrant community?
Do you wonder how women's voices in interfaith dialogue might transform the conversation?
Are you excited about challenging experiences that support depth and growth?
Apply for the Interfaith Women's Residency Program at Union Theological Seminary!
“I love the impromptu conversations that happen when we’re just sitting together having coffee in the morning. Or when we had Shabbat dinner together and had a really amazing conversation about communion and the nature of communion and what its doing and the politics around it – it taught me things about my own sense of ritual and the power of ritual.”