VISIONARY

WOMEN

Rooted in Faith, Committed to Justice

Visionary Women is an intergenerational program engaging issues at the intersection of religion, gender, race, and social justice concerns. We at Interfaith Philadelphia have an expansive understanding of gender, welcoming all women as well as gender nonbinary individuals. As we move to create a virtual group that is culturally, religiously, and ideologically diverse - we encourage participation in this experiential dialogue. Participants do not need to identify with a religious tradition or be a member of a congregation to apply.

Since its conception in 2016, Visionary Women Sessions offer immersion in five religious settings and facilitates the creation of meaningful relationships in a small group environment. As this is the first year Visionary Women is offered solely online, we embrace its challenges and its opportunities. We welcome the different ways that joining from home looks, welcoming children in the background & scenic Zoom backdrops. Participants of Visionary Women are encouraged to continue their interfaith learning, collaboration and offer programs within their own communities.

We are currently planning to hold the Visionary Women 2022 main sessions in person, while recognizing the need to be flexible and adaptable as conditions change. We will continue to follow public health guidelines throughout the course of the program, and will be in regular communication with participants about any changes.

Applications for Visionary Women 2022 are due December 21, 2021.   Participants will be notified of acceptance on December 23. 

Questions?  Please contact Liz Royer at er@interfaithphiladelphia.org.

2022 Key Program Dates

Six sessions over the course of six months, from 2:00-5:00pm on Sunday afternoons

*Please note that each participant is placed in a small dialogue group of diverse participants which will meet at every session. Therefore, attendance is essential to ensure that small groups can form meaningful relationships and participate in dialogue. Applicants should have only one known date conflict with the program.

Sunday, January 23  |  Program Launch at Program Introduction 

Sunday, February 27  |  Faith Community Session #1

Sunday, March 27  |  Faith Community Session #2

Sunday, April 24  |  Faith Community Session #3

Sunday, May 22  |  Faith Community Session #4

Sunday, June 26  |  Faith Community Session #5

Individuals in this program seek to:

  • Lean into layered, and sometimes uncomfortable, conversations that explore the intersections of gender and race in different faith communities;

  • Increase their religious literacy through virtual visits to different faith communities in the Greater Philadelphia area;

  • ​​Develop a deeper understanding of their own personal identity/tradition; and

  • Feel empowered by learning with social justice advocates of all experience levels. 

Session Outline

  • Introduction to sacred space or gathering place 

  • Paired Conversation

  • Panel of diverse voices of leadership from the featured faith community 

  • Dialogue in small groups 

  • Closing

 

Meet our Facilitators!

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Nzinga Aziz

This project is made possible through a grant from Women of Vision, The Jewish Women’s Foundation of Greater Philadelphia.

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