Posted on September 5, 2017 by Chester Ronning Centre

Join us on Friday, October 20th, at 12:30 pm in the Mayer Family Hall for Your Faith on Feminism: Intersectional feminist theology responds to the climate of fear, a dialogue with Dr. Aruna Gnanadason & Ani Zonneveld.

Join us on Friday, October 20th, at 12:30 pm in the Mayer Family Hall (J&P Lougheed Performing Arts Centre) for Your Faith on Feminism: Intersectional feminist theology responds to the climate of fear, a dialogue with Dr. Aruna Gnanadason & Ani Zonneveld.

Light refreshments will be served. No RSVP required. This event is free & open to the public.

Dr. Aruna Gnanadason is a Consultant with the World Communion of Reformed churches, in the Theology, Mission and Communion program. She is a member of the Church of South India. She directed the program on Women in Church and Society and the Justice, Peace and Creation work of the World Council of Churches, Geneva. She has contributed innumerable articles to Christian and secular journals, magazines and books on a wide variety of topics – especially on issues related to women and to North-South relations. She is the author of the book No Longer a Secret: The Church and Violence Against Women, and a book on eco-feminist theology from the Indian perspective Listen to the Women, Listen to the Earth.  She is the recipient of an earned Doctorate of Ministries in feminist theologies from the San Francisco Theological Seminary, USA.

Feminism has made Dr. Gnanadason aware not only of the human cost of systems of injustice but of the cost to the earth itself. Dr. Gnanadason’s engagement as a student with the Student Christian Movement (WSCF) challenged her out of a comfortable middle class Christian life and into political engagement with the injustices around her; as well as to discover the liberating potential of her faith. It is feminism that has influenced her to question religious fundamentalism in all our faiths. In India, covert and overt forms of control and interference plague the lives of the religious minorities. For Christian feminists, seeking alliances with Muslim feminists is a priority because they need each other to deal with the atmosphere of fear and insecurity in which they live.

Ani Zonneveld is founder and President of Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV), a faith-based, grassroots, international human rights organization that embodies and advocates for the traditional Qur’anic values of social justice and equality for all, for the 21st Century. Since its inception, Ani has presided over MPV’s expansion to include chapters and affiliates in 12 countries and 19 cities.  She has organized numerous interfaith arts and music festivals, and is a strong supporter of women and LGBTQ rights, of freedom of expression, and of conscience. She is the co-editor of MPV’s first book, an anthology titled “Progressive Muslim Identities – Personal Stories from the U.S. and Canada”; executive producer of a video series “LGBTQI Rights in Islam”; has contributed to many forewords and numerous anthologies too many to list and is a contributor for HuffingtonPostOpenDemocracy and al-Jazeera. She recently gave her TED talk titled – Islam: As American As Apple Pie, and is the subject of a documentary title “al-imam” featuring Ani’s activism works. As an award winning songwriter, she utilizes the power of music and the arts in countering radicalism as she speaks-sings her message of social justice and peace from a progressive Muslim woman’s perspective, and is the first woman to release an English Islamic pop album in the U.S. in 2004.

Ani Zonneveld will speak about her personal journey into understanding an Islam that is rooted in social justice, an Islam that was intended to address the ills that plagued the society of the Arab Peninsula in 600 AD. How is it 1400 years later, Muslim women are still fighting for basic rights granted to them in the Quran? Several theological concepts that have been accepted as “truth” will be challenged and debunked in revealing an Islam that is much more enlightened and liberating, not just for women, but for mankind.


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