The Role of Religion and Culture in the Implementation of UN Millennium Development Goals and Women’s Empowerment

One of the sessions I attended at the UN Commission on the Status of Women explored the role of religion and culture in the implementation of the UN Millennium Development Goals, especially the goal of promoting gender equality and empowering women. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were established following the Millennium Summit of the United […]

Circling the UN Commission on the Status of Women

  The most profound experiences I had at the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) were in circle events as we shared our stories and dreams of a transformed world. These circles provided sacred space for every voice to be heard and for making spiritual connections to empower our social activism. Ann Landaas […]

International Women’s Day and Beyond: Women’s Rights in Texas and Around the World

On International Women’s Day, March 8, I attended a wonderful event held in Dallas entitled “Texas Women Inspiring Change.” The following week I participated in other inspiring, amazing events at the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York City. Increasing economic opportunities for women and organizing for change were common themes of […]

“Enough: The Rise of the Feminine and the Birth of the New Story,” Guest Blog Article by Ann Landaas Smith, Co-Founder and Director of Circle Connections

Ann Smith, Co-Founder and Director of Circle Connections: Circles Connecting for Peace and Justice, has served as the director of Women in Mission and Ministry, Episcopal Church USA. With Jean Shinoda Bolen and other women, Ann co-founded the Millionth Circle Initiative. Ann has worked around the world with the United Nations, women’s organizations, and local […]

“Womb of All Creation Flowing” Video

Rev. Larry E. Schultz conducts the Chancel Choir of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Raleigh, North Carolina, in singing “Womb of All Creation Flowing” to a familiar hymn tune, with pictures from various artists. This hymn draws from the biblical image of the Divine as a Womb, giving birth to all creation. In the Hebrew Scriptures […]

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