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Oggetto: Join us at TEDxSoMa to hear Bishop Swing
Data: Fri, 4 Jan 2019 11:45:34 -0500 (EST)
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Dear Friends of URI,
As we begin a new year, we celebrate the light, love, and bold spirit of our global community. We are inspired and humbled by your dedication and generosity as we work together for peace, justice and healing in communities throughout the world. Thank you for your continued partnership, and we wish you many blessings for 2019.
As we move through this year together, URI will be sending you invitations to events, thought-provoking news, and opportunities to deepen your relationship with the rest of our global community. The first of these opportunities is below — we hope you enjoy it either in person or via video later this month.
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Join us on January 15 for URI Founder Bishop Swing’s “TED Talk” in San Francisco!
TEDxSoMa, under the theme of “Modern Campfires,” is bringing together a group of esteemed visionaries to “share new ideas that will shape our future together. We’ll be having conversations about masculinity, religion, mindfulness in policing, the hierarchy of language, facts vs. truth, and more.”
Who: The Rt. Rev. Bishop William Swing and six other inspirational speakers (see the full lineup)
When: January 15, 2019 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM PST
Where: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 Get tickets here ($30 discount for URI members) If you are unable to attend, we invite you to watch a video of the talk, which will be available on by mid-February. About Bishop Swing: The Right Rev. Bishop William Swing is the President and Founding Trustee of United Religions Initiative (URI). The idea for URI came to Bishop Swing in 1993 after an invitation by the United Nations to host a large interfaith service in San Francisco, marking the 50th anniversary of the signing of the U.N. Charter. URI now has over 955 Cooperation Circles in 108 countries. Bishop Swing served as the Episcopal Bishop of California from 1980 until his retirement in 2006. In that capacity, he led the international Anglican response to the AIDS crisis, co-founded Episcopal Community Services to address San Francisco’s homeless problem, and co-founded Community Bank of the Bay.
Swing is the author and co-author of several books, including The Sacred and the Silly: A Bishop’s Playful and Eventful Life; A Bishop’s Quest: Founding a United Religions; The Coming United Religions; co-author, Building Wisdom’s House, and contributor to Andrei Sakharov, The Conscience of Humanity. About TED Talks TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. TEDx brings the spirit of TED’s mission of ideas worth spreading to local communities around the globe.  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌
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03.01.2019 – India Countercurrents

620 KM Long Women’s Wall of Kerala Challenges Brahmanical Patriarchy
(Image by Countercurrents)

About 3-5  million women formed a wall across Kerala to protect to protect Kerala’s renaissance values and for women empowerment. About three million women stood shoulder to shoulder across Kerala and formed 620 KM “wall” from Thiruvananthapuram to the northern district of Kasaragod. They also pledged to protec the renaissance values of Kerala. The wall was organised against the backdrop of the Supreme Court verdict on Sabarimala temple entry of menstruating women.

Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the wall was to save Kerala being ‘dragged back into the era of darkness’.

The wall saw massive participation cutting across class/caste/religious barriers.

Expressing solidarity, thousands of men also lined up parallel forming a second human ‘wall’.

The wall was opposed by BJP and other Hindutva organisations.

Sukumaran Nair, general secretary of the Nair Service Society (NSS) said the ‘vanitha mathil’ or women’s wall will turn Kerala into ‘Devil’s country’ and that the LDF govt has employed double standards on the issue. NSS is opposing the Sabarimala temple entry of women devotees tooth and nail.

The decision to stage the wall was taken earlier in December in a meeting of various organisations which played a role in historic Kerala renaissance movement, when women’s entry to Sabarimala after the historical Supreme Court verdict was stone walled by right wing Hindutva organisations and the upper caste Hindus of Kerala. Women who tried to enter the shrine were physically attacked and even journalists covering the issue were attacked.

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