Posts for March 2012

  • Women's History Month: Rabi'a Al-'Adawiyya (Sufi Muslim Saint) by Kyna

    Having taken a short break from the blog recently, we'll be continuing with our Women's History Month series with today's post.  The choices we've made in featuring certain female historical figures is based in part on who the Foundation has named scholarships and prizes for, such as the Sufi Muslim saint, Rabi'a Al-'Adawiyya (Scholarship in Islamic Ministries), who we feature today.

    These are people who fascinate us, and we hope they fascinate you, too!  Let us know what you think by registering as a user and leaving a comment.


    To see a list of all of our scholarships, please visit our Scholarships page.


  • THIS SACRED EARTH: An interview with Dr. Paul Kirbas by Kyna

    Dr. Paul Kirbas joins us for a discussion of his new book, This Sacred Earth (Wyndham Hall Press, 2011) and how his own organization is fostering dialogue around science and religion.


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    Dr. Kirbas is the Paul Tillich Professor of Theology and Culture here at the Foundation.  For a complete biography, please visit his faculty profile.  Dr. Kirbas is also offering an E-Tutorial on the subject of his new book: "God, Nature and Us: An Interdisciplinary Approach to a New Paradigm for the Human Place in Nature." (Click here for details.)

    You recently edited a book, This Sacred Earth: Scientific and Religious Perspectives on Nature and Humanity's Place Within It (Wyndham Hall Press, 2011).  What did you want to achieve with this book, and how did you go about putting it together?

    This book is a result of a project that I was invited to lead back in 2010. The Fetzer Institute in Kalamazoo, Michigan, asked me to bring together leading scientists, theologians, philosophers, and others for a 3 day conversation on the sanctity of nature. We gathered thinkers from around the world, and from several different faith traditions, for this conversation.

  • International Women's Day & Women's History Month: Regina Jonas, the world's first woman rabbi by Kyna


    This month we not only celebrate Women's History Month, but the often overlooked International Women's Day which falls every year on March 8.  The idea is over 100 years, with the first National Woman's Day celebrated in 1909 in the U.S., and there are myriad organizations which support and celebrate this important occasion, including the National Women's History Project and the United Nations, to name but two. 

    As an educational foundation, we like to share our interest in raising awareness about issues and individuals related to the work we do, so today we begin our series on women educators and religious leaders throughout the many past centuries.  In fact, many of our scholarships, academic prizes and named professorships carry the names of the women we'll be posting about this month.

    Who are the women who have influenced you the most in your life?