Your Faith on Feminism is an interfaith and ecumenical conference where feminist advocates of various ages and walks of life will come together to share ideas, build community and participate in worship. Friday evening to Sunday, the program will encompass discussion-based educational and creative breakout sessions, music and worship, and reflections on what it means to be a feminist in the present, global
atmosphere of fear, war and oppression.
Individuals and groups are invited to submit papers at any stage of the writing process to be workshopped in an informal, academic group environment, facilitated by experienced and knowledgeable feminist advocates but with the understanding that everyone has wisdom. Participants will eat, pray, study and share with one another throughout the weekend.
A set of conference papers will be published on the ideas presented and discussed by participating students and ministers, including the influence of workshops and the community.
Participants of all intersections, including age, race, culture, gender, size, ability, sexuality and faith, will contribute to their collective knowledge on diversity in feminism and enrich their activism with interfaith dialogue, friendships and intergenerational context. Relationships of mutual giving will develop across distance and divides both literal and figurative to help empower women and feminist advocates of various faiths to create meaningful change in their communities.
What? Your Faith on Feminism Conference
When? October 20 – 22, 2017
Where? St. Joseph’s College, University of Alberta, Edmonton
How? Please register by filling out the Registration Form.
Fee? Registration costs vary based on if you require a billet and whether you are a student.
Full attendance with meals and lodging: $200 CAD/$160 USD for students and under 35; $275 CAD/$225 USD for clergy/faculty and over 35
Full attendance with meals, no billet needed: $175 CAD/$140 USD for students and under 35; $250 CAD/$200 USD for clergy/faculty and over 35
Saturday-only attendance with meals, no billet provided: $100 CAD/$80 USD for students and under 35; $125 CAD/$100 USD for clergy/faculty and over 35
Scholarships and bursaries are provided on an individual basis and are dependent on funding and demand. If you require financial assistance, please indicate so and we will contact you. Priority will be given to students and young adults.
WSCF encourages participants to seek funding with their schools, family, communities, family and houses of worship. Christian participants can also go to their home denomination for assistance.
NOTE: If you need extra time to prepare for travel, secure a visa, book flights or for any other reason— please let us know and we will do our best to fast-track your submission review and acceptance.
Land acknowledgement: The WSCF-NA recognises that we are meeting on Treaty Six territory, a traditional gathering place for diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Blackfoot, Metis, Papaschase, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/ Saulteaux/Anishinaabe, Inuit, and many others whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to influence our vibrant community.
Payments can be made:
In Canada – through our donation page or by mailing a cheque to SCM Canada’s Office at 310 Dupont Street, Suite 200, Toronto ON M5R 1V9
In the U.S. – through our donation page or by mailing a cheque to WSCF-NA 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 700, New York, NY 10115
Call for Papers
Feminist advocacy is, as bell hooks has said, a movement to end sexist oppression. Sexist oppression enacted on different groups and identities confers varying degrees of power and privilege (or a lack thereof) to different aspects of our identities. Feminism must—or ought to, by the great diversity of its advocates—be an intersectional movement. As people of faith, in all our varying contexts, we are called to challenge injustices and empower each other to free ourselves from spiritual, emotional and physical bondage.
Feminisms must subvert misogyny and patriarchy wherever they are found, including in our holy texts. Feminist theology intersects with and incorporates rich and diverse ways of understanding and critiquing both feminism and faith, such as liberation theology or queer theology.
This conference focuses on how faith and feminisms come together, sometimes explosively, in our time of global political upheaval, war, oppression and increased fear of the other.
We are seeking papers at any stage of the writing process that are rooted in faith and use intersectional feminist theology to address at least one of the following themes:
● Terrorism and fear
● Colonialism and reconciliation
● Gender identity
● Sexual orientation
Abstracts (limit 300 words) can be sent to email@example.com for review.
The deadline for submissions is September 7, 2017 and participants will be informed of acceptance by October 1, 2017. Participation from all walks of life is welcome and celebrated.
Post-conference, finished papers and reflections will be published, if consent is given, by World Student Christian Federation North America.
Call for Volunteers
World Student Christian Federation North America, in collaboration with St Joseph’s College, is seeking volunteers to assist with hospitality at an interfaith feminist theology conference on October 20-22, Friday to Sunday. Volunteers may choose as many or as few shifts as they like, using the attached form. Each shift will be 1-3 hours in length and, if desired, should not impede volunteers’ participation in the conference.
We require assistance with the following:
● Setup and takedown in the College’s Newman Centre
● Preparing and serving snacks, coffee and tea
● Sound operation
● Workshop hosting
● Registration and accessibility
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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