July-September 2004 by Letha Dawson Scanzoni
- Resources for Christian Living: Follow-up on C.S. Lewis, Sigmund Freud, and The Question of God (this time on PBS); following the “Jesus Style in Relationships”; a prayer in honor of outcasts, an audio interview with Virginia Ramey Mollenkott and Richard Mouw on gay marriage; all about the labyrinth; and religious art through time.
- Special Topic: Conflict Resolution. Learning about conflict resolution skills and how to promote nonviolence and peace.
- Current Issues: The Vatican’s July 31, 2004 statement on women’s roles; Joan Chittister on freedom of speech; EEWC in the news; Women’s e-news; a new generation of feminists in the UK; and an article on the problem of honor killings.
- Expanding Our Horizons (understanding people of various backgrounds and faiths). The World Council of Churches on interreligous dialogue, Faith and Values Media and its efforts to promote interdenominational and interreligous dialogue and cooperation; and an article written to help Muslim parents in sharing their faith with their children.
Welcome to another edition of Web Explorations for Christian Feminists. We’re glad you stopped by and hope you’ll come back often. Just a reminder: Since the links in Web Explorations take you to sites outside eewc.com, please keep in mind that EEWC cannot be responsible for their content. Nor does the inclusion of a link mean that it represents the views or official position of EEWC. Rather, the links will simply direct you to sites that I think you’ll find interesting, informative, challenging, inspiring, or just worth knowing about. I hope you’ll enjoy exploring them.
The Question of God
In September, 2004, PBS will present a two-part series based on the book, The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex. and the Meaning of Life by Armand M. Nicholi, Jr., M.D. (This book was reviewed for EEWC Update by psychiatrist Elisabeth S. Bowman). The companion Web page for the PBS television series has interviews, promo video clips, and other information related to Lewis and Freud.
Prayer in Honor of Those Jesus Loved
This prayer by Sr. Joan Chittister praises “the God of differences,” and speaks of sharing God’s love with all who have been considered outcasts by the religious establishment from the time of Jesus to our own day. It includes these lines:
“Give us the courage to stand with our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters, their families and those who minister to them.
Give us the grace to confront their rejection,
to ease their loneliness,
to calm their fears and
to belie their sense of abandonment.”
Speaking of Faith
Speaking of Faith is a public radio program with fascinating dialogue on religion from many perspectives. You can listen online. All programs are archived. On the May 13, 2004 broadcast, separate interviews with EEWC’s own Virginia Ramey Mollenkott and Fuller Theological president Richard Mouw were featured on the topic of same-sex marriage. (Ed. note: Dr. Mollenkott has requested that we inform EEWC website viewers that she was incorrectly identified on the program as the “founder” of EEWC. Before the program, she had told the producers that she was one of the founding members of the organization, but her statement was apparently misunderstood. Dr. Mollenkott said she was embarrassed and dismayed when she heard the announcer’s mistake on the taped broadcast and immediately contacted EEWC with a request to post this disclaimer.)
Detailed information about walking the labyrinth. Numerous links on this site from San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral provide fascinating reading about the history and purpose of the labyrinth. Most EEWC conferences in recent years have featured a labyrinth, and those who have walked it speak positively about the value of this spiritual exercise of meditation and prayer..
Religious Art through time
This website, created by an individual solely out of personal interest in the topic, provides a gateway to some of the world’s finest religious art from various faiths. Some art is displayed right on the site, while others must be accessed through links listed on the site.
How can we deal with conflict situations — or situations that have the potential of creating conflict — between us and others? It is an issue of concern for individuals, couples, groups, and nations. Here are some sites with helpful advice:
Conflict Resolution Skills
This is one of the best Web pages I’ve seen on resolving conflicts. Look at the 12 skills listed, and click on “details” to learn more about each skill and to see examples of how it can be applied in various situations. It comes from the Conflict Resolution Network and is based in Australia. The home page has an extensive menu with information about the network’s history, resources offered, and more.
Conflicts in Cyberspace: How to resolve conflict online
On this site, a psychotherapist presents several articles about conflicts arising through e-mail correspondence and other Web communication because of the lack of visual and auditory clues.
The Online Disinhibition Effect
Dr. John Suler, a professor of psychology at Rider University in New Jersey, points out that because people often tend to lose their inhibitions, let down their guard, and loosen up online, they may either reveal too much about themselves or they may communicate in toxic words and tones they would never use in ordinary life off line. Conflict is one of the problems that may result from the “disinhibition effect” in cyberspace..
Conflicts between Roommates
Some tips from Northern Illinois University on resolving conflicts between college roommates. Applicable to other situations as well.
Articles for parents and schools on helping children see the importance of nonviolent solutions to personal conflicts and world problems.
Fight Hate and Promote Tolerance
Excellent online materials for parents, teachers, teens, and kids. It comes from the Southern Poverty Law Center, known for its “Teaching Tolerance” programs on appreciating diversity.
Peace Prayer Website
A grassroots movement urging prayer for peace.
News items and websites for women who care about equality, compassion, and justice.
Two Reports on the Vatican’s Statement on Women:
“A woman’s place is to wait and listen, says the Vatican”
(Source: Guardian Unlimited, August 1, 2004)
“Vatican attacks radical feminism”
(Source:BBC, July 31, 2004)
Joan Chittister speaks out on freedom of speech
(Sr. Joan Chittister , a friend of EEWC, was profiled in EEWC Update in 1998, and was a speaker at our 2002 conference in Indianapolis. This article appeared in the National Catholic Reporter, where she writes a weekly column that you can read online.)
Biblical Feminists (EEWC in the news)
This article by EEWC’s own Alena Amato Ruggerio appeared July 29, 2004 on Sightings, from the Martin Marty Center at the University of Chicago.
(Always a good source for up-to-date news about women worldwide.)
The F Word: Contemporary UK Feminism
This is an online magazine published in the UK. The editors of the site write, “The webzine was founded by, and is mainly written by younger feminists, those of us born during or after the feminism of the 60s and 70s.” They aren’t afraid to claim feminism as a positive “f” word worth using. The site features current and archived news, commentary, popular culture items, and more.
Take the Honor Out of Killing
(Source: Guardian Online, July 6, 2004) A Muslim woman speaks out on the need to understand what lies behind honor killings within immigrant families now living in western cultures. The author is the editor of Q-News, a monthly Muslim magazine published in London, England.
Websites to aid in understanding people of various backgrounds and faiths.
Interreligious Relations and Dialogue
(Material available online from the World Council of Churches)
“Teaching Your Child About Islam” (An article for Muslim Parents)
You may recall that in the April 2004 Web Explorations, we saw an example of how Hindu television is used to help parents teach their children about their tradition and faith. Here is a site for parents in the Islamic tradition who want to share their faith with their children.
That’s all for this time. See you again in two or three months with the next edition of Web Explorations for Christian Feminists. Meanwhile, I hope you’ll enjoy checking out some of these sites (or better yet, all of them) and many of the links within them.
Your Web Explorations tour guide,
Letha Dawson Scanzoni
© 2004 Evangelical and Ecumenical Women’s Caucus