Cooperation Circles celebrate women this March

March is Women’s History Month in the United States and some North American Cooperation Circles are celebrating! These celebrations also coincide with United Nations International Women’s Day on March 8.

The purpose of International Women’s Day is “to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities,” according to the day’s website.

The theme of 2015 is “Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture It!

If your Cooperation Circle of URI North America Affiliate is celebrating but not highlighted here, emails Regional Coordinator Sari Heidenreich at northamerica@uri.org.

Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada

Las Vegas, NV

Event: “What is Christian Science? Who is Mary Baker Eddy?”

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Rothko Chapel

Houston, TX

Event: Mending Bones: Walking a Bone Labyrinth

mending circle“To commemorate International Women’s Day, step inside a unique labyrinth on the Rothko Chapel plaza and engage in the ancient practice of walking contemplation. Installed by artist Jo Zider, this labyrinth is composed of ceramic “bones” that invite participants to consider violence against women, and what role we might all play in compassionately ending it. In the center of the labyrinth, place a bone in the healing circle as a prayer or indication of your intention. The labyrinth is available during Chapel hours.”

Event: From Dictatorship to Democracy

“Learn the skills and methods needed for nonviolent political change from the people who trained the leaders of the Egyptian, Burmese, and Georgian revolutions, among many others. Jamila Raqib, Executive Director of The Albert Einstein Institution leads a workshop in the Rothko Chapel with extensive opportunity for dialogue and networking; lunch is available for purchase. The Albert Einstein Institution was founded by Dr. Gene Sharp in 1983 to advance the study and use of strategic nonviolent action in conflicts throughout the world. It has been responsible for the translation and dissemination of some of the most influential texts on nonviolent action, including Dr. Sharp’s From Dictatorship to Democracy, which have been studied among resistance movements worldwide.” More information.

Event: 17th Annual Women’s Interfaith Seder

“The Passover seder is a ritual meal that recounts and celebrates the Exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt and their journey to freedom. This Haggadah or liturgy is a feminist text, focusing on the women of the Exodus and notable contemporary Jewish women. Some Biblical scholars believe that Jesus’ last supper was a seder because Jesus was Jewish and the event occurred during Passover. More recently, the story of the Exodus figured prominently in the American civil rights movement. The seder themes of oppression, liberation, and remembrance are universal and timeless, so women of all faiths will find this to be a meaningful experience.” More information. 

Event: Women’s History Month Dinner Series

“We’ve organized a series of small dinners to take place during Women’s History Month. Guests will gather in the homes of women of Muslim faith background to enjoy a meal and conversation. Women of any age are welcome!” More information.

Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons CC

original_GenderVoicesInitiative: With the support of the URI Multiregion and United Nations Association of San Francisco, “the UNA Gender Crosstalk is an online community where the crowd-sourced voices of the genders will weave a tale of love and wit, remaking humanity’s vision of itself in the process. Through this new lens, the human race will see itself as the intelligent, generous and capable species that we are, giving us the trust and confidence we need to cooperate on pressing global matters…Participate yourself by writing a short message (150 words or less) to be voted on by others.” Join in!

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