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Past initiatives

Take a look at some of our past events and initiatives.

International Women’s Day 2020

Over 40 cities participated in our first combined CWC action on International Women’s Day 2020, where our Dignity and Equality theme was launched. Participating countries included: Australia, Austria, Canada, Croatia, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Kenya, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom & United States!

Global Easter Action 2020

As coronavirus plagued the world, CWC groups came together to launch a virtual liturgy on Easter Sunday with over 215 people attending and participants from across the world. After the liturgy we asked our network to hang a white scarf in their garden, outside their window or door or on their balcony as a sign that Christ lives and to share the Easter Alleluia of Mary Magdalene who was the first person to witness Jesus’s resurection.

Past Local Initiatives

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Sisters Solidarity Fund

Too often the work and lives of religious sisters are hampered by stagnant Church structures and habits that do not allow their charisms to fully flourish. Too often intransparent power structures and manipulation lead to various kinds of abuse (e.g. economical, spiritual, sexual, abuse of power or conscience). Many of the sisters affected by those abuses stay silent about the dangerous conditions also because they fear they will be forced to leave and will not find support and safety outside of the convent. For all those women, members of Catholic religious communities (regardless of their canonical status), who are at risk of being expelled or abandoned, Voices of Faith initiates a financial support program.
Global
2021

Umsteuern Robin Sisterhood e.V.

On Monday 21 June 2021, the association “Umsteuern Robin Sisterhood e.V.” was founded in Germany. The association supports people, institutions, and self-help groups who have suffered from violence in the church. Women, in particular, lack an independent contact point in the church, where they can turn to if they have suffered violence in the church. Through its structure, the Roman Catholic Church supports a system that discriminates against and violates people on the basis of their gen-der, their lifestyle, or their sexual orientation,” said the founders of the association.
Germany
Jun 21, 2021 | Germany

12 places – 12 women – 12 sermons

On the day of Junia the Apostle (May 17), the KFD is taking its demand for a gender-equal church back to where equality has been lacking so far: to the Catholic churches. 12 women who are active in KFD as spiritual directors or accompanists will preach at 12 locations nationwide on or around May 17, 2021. " Women are called to preach. It is not for anyone to deny them this calling simply because they are women."
Germany
17th May 2021

Webinar – Women, femicide and the cross

Theo-sophiando with Olga Consuelo Velez Caro
ColumbiaMexico
Thursday, April 29, 2021 19:00 hrs Mexico and Colombia Facebook Live: Feminist Theology

Recognize the vocation of women in the Church

Cologne, 26.04.2021 - On yesterday's World Day of Prayer for Spiritual Vocations, the Catholic German Women's Federation e.V. (KDFB) opened the nationwide action week #WomenVoices as part of its campaign Move! The online event was held under the motto "Called." In a keynote speech, Sister Philippa Rath OSB explained that vocation is not tied to gender. It is not about power, but about the call of God and the proclamation of the Gospel. The fundamental access to all services and offices of the church must be open to all baptized and confirmed persons. The KDFB has been committed to this for many years. "Women and men are equal in value and dignity as the image of God. Therefore, it is discriminatory and unacceptable that the official church measures vocations to pastoral and diaconal service with double standards. The point is to make the Word of God and the message of Jesus convincingly tangible. Excluding women from this means disrespecting their humanity, their possibilities and charisms," explains KDFB President Maria Flachsbarth. The campaign #FrauenStimmen (Women's Voices) brings up expectations and visions for a credible and sustainable church under the impressions of the Synodal Way. It invites people to ask questions and make demands of the church. "A credible church must be willing to rethink its traditions, to question itself, and to recognize the vocations of women. The admission of women to ordained ministry should not be discussed as a question of power, but as a theological and pastoral question. Not everything that was once right is good for all times, and fear of possible developments is a bad advisor," said Flachsbarth. As part of the action week (25.04. - 02.05.2021), events will be held throughout Germany, such as the "Day of the Deaconess" on April 29. The motto of this year's central event is "JUST".
Germany
April 29, 2021

Vocations Sunday action – ‘My Dream of Vocation…’

Invite to Vocations Sunday Action – “My dream of vocation…”

As “Vocations Sunday,” the Church’s World Day of Prayer for Vocations, approaches on April 25, we invite you to reflect: What is your dream of vocation? The prophet Joel and the Acts of the Apostles remind us: God’s Spirit, poured out upon us, allows us to prophesy, to see visions, and to dream dreams (cf Joel 2:28, Acts 2:17). In his letter for the 2021 World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Francis wrote that God’s dreams for us can lead to “profound and unexpected horizons.” We will pray and act to encourage the Pope and the hierarchy to open themselves to what profound and unexpected gifts they would experience if they fully recognized the dignity and the gifts of the entire church. Read on to find out all the ways you can get involved!
Global
April 25, 2021

The Open Table – Women’s Emmaus Experience

The Indian Women Theologians Forum invites you to Encounter the Risen Christ at The Open Table - Women's Emmaus Experience. Sharing by Sr Joel SCN and Dr John Wijngaards on their Emmaus Experience, followed by a virtual sharing of a Meal with the Risen Christ. Register at
India
Date: Saturday 17 April, 2021 Time: 5.00 p.m. - 6.30 p. IST

Webinar: Women in art and their looks

Graduate in Fine Arts (UCM) and Graduate in Applied Arts. With a clear commitment to equality, gender violence and the visibility of women artists, Concha Mayordomo has participated in many national and international exhibitions and her work can be found in public and private collections. She is an independent curator with an extensive career of more than thirty exhibitions, including those made with the Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Costume Museum of Madrid and the City of Madrid. She is a disseminator of the work of women in the art world, a regular participant in round tables and lectures in art spaces. She has been executive director of the 2nd Miradas de Mujeres Festival and member of the Board of Directors of MAV (Women in the Visual Arts). She co-directs BLANCO, NEGRO Y MAGENTA - LA REVISTA. She collaborates in the digital editions of EL PAIS, HUFFINGTON POST, LA HORA DIGITAL and TRIBUNA FEMINISTA, and in parallel maintains the blog MUJERES EN EL ARTE. She has been awarded in 2019 in the modality ART AND CULTURE of the XII edition of the awards PARTICIPANDO CREAMAMOS ESPACIO DE IGUALDAD of the City Council of Madrid and in 2007 AWARD FOR CULTURAL WORK of the City Council of Alcobendas (Madrid). The event will be in Spanish. To Register, click on MORE INFO
MexicoSpain
Thursday, April 15, 2021 | 12:00 hrs Mexico | 19:00 hrs Spain | Facebook Live: Feminist Theology

Preparing a feminist Easter

For the next Sophia's Gazette, we need your help, do you want to participate? All you have to do is give ideas about feminist resistances to the theologies of the cross. Suggestions for women to stop carrying the cross of guilt, sin, evil, sacrifice, atonement? What do you have in mind? a) Enter through the participate button, b) on the platform, click on the + sign at the bottom right hand side c) write your suggestion. We will share the results in the next issue of the Gazette, which will be published on April 15. Register on Tras las huellas
Mexico
Easter 2021

Webinar Around the table: Teologanda, women doing theologies

Tras las huellas de Sophia invites you to theo-sophiar with Virginia Raquel Azcuy, Silvina Repullo, Nany Raimondo and Paula Carman on 25 March 2021, 7:00 p.m. Mexico City and 22:00 hrs. Argentina. Register to join the Zoom webinar. You will also be able to join via Facebook Live: Teología Feminista
ArgentinaMexico
25 March 2021 7:00 p.m. Mexico City 22:00 hrs. Argentina

Instituted ministries and voting in the Synod: what (really) changes for women?

We would like to offer an in-depth look at the Motu Proprio Spiritus Domini, which allowed women access to the lettorato and accolytate, and the appointment of Sister Nathalie Becquart as vice-secretary of the Synod of Bishops, with voting rights, the first time for a woman. We are fortunate to have the collaboration of two brilliant and well-prepared lecturers who will help us understand what is REALLY changing for women with these changes: Serena Noceti (ecclesiologist) and Pierluigi Consorti (canonist). The appointment is for March 27 at 10:30 am. The event will be in Italian
Italy
27th March 10.30 a.m. CET

With voice and vote. Women-Church at the International Level

If you were not able to watch the webinar live, we invite you to enjoy the uploaded version. We look forward to your comments on this link. The event is in Spanish.
Global
18th March 2021

Annunciation Liturgy

We will be celebrating the Annunciation (25th March 2021) a few days early. Zoom around the world with WOW member groups and join us for a virtual inclusive Mass.
DublinUK
Mar 21, 2021 02:00 PM | Dublin

“Because where you go, I will go”

In the work for the participation and equality of women in society and in the churchTo unite, express our voices and walk together, the Cátedra de Teología Feminista invites you to join this effort. Send an image or photograph of some feet or shoes, along with a phrase or brief reflection in which you tell us with whom and how you want to walk.
Mexico
8th March 2021

“No Woman, No Church”

The patriarchal church is spiritually crucifying women: Jesus treated women and men as equals. To celebrate International Women’s Day, 14 prophetic women from around the world proclaim 14 Stations of the Cross.
Global
8th March 2021

Call for action – Enough of the silencing of Women-Church!

There are more than 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide, and women represent more than half of these. Pope Francis has appointed three female undersecretaries under his leadership at the world headquarters of the Catholic Church. But no women have been appointed to the highest levels of the Roman Curia, even though these positions are open to women. Learn more: www.overcomingsilence.com with all the images. Preparing the way for March 8th, International Women's Day, #traslashuellasdesuellasdesophía joins the cry for the real inclusion of women in the Catholic Church. We raise our voices with Voices of Faith and Women's Revolt in the Church to say.... Enough of the silencing of Church-Women! We invite you to put a face to the indignation, by joining the Call through: a) Downloading the poster through the link at the end of the message, b) Taking a photo of yourself showing the poster, c) Sending the photo to traslahuelladesophia@gmail.com d) Tras las Huellas will publish your photo on social networks, e) At the end we will make a video. Come and participate! Enough of the silencing of Women-Church!
Mexico
8th March 2021

“What happens in Germany?”

Come and find out what is happening: from the women's strike to the posting of the 7 theses.  The event will be in Italian.
Italy
13th March 2021 | 10-11.30 a.m. Rome, Italy.

“Walk in her shoes” Pilgrimage “Equal Dignity – Equal Rights” for International Women’s Day 8 March 2021 (an idea from CWC Switzerland)

Run, and walk a part of your way “in the shoes” of another woman. Let yourself be moved by the need for equal dignity and equal rights – everywhere in the world.
Global
8tth March 2021

International Women’s Day 2021 – Sisters…Unveil Your Truths

Join Voices of Faith and misso Aachen on International Women's Day 2021 for an online meeting of prayer, reflection and honest prophetic voice of religious sisters from around the globe. PLEASE NOTE - This event will be translated live from English to German, Italian and French
Global
8th March | 11 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. CET

Walk in her Shoes – International Women’s Day 2021

We feel the need to learn to "walk in the shoes of others" in our pilgrimage for equal dignity and equal rights in the Church, together with women from all over the world.
Global
8 March | Global Action

Persisting Patriarchy: Religion and Resistance in Catholic Women’s Lives

Catherine of Siena College decided to hold a series of monthly seminars on "Faith in a Changing World", starting with this exciting discussion between two radical feminist Catholic scholars - Kochurani Abraham from Kerala and Anupama Ranawana from Sri Lanka.
UK
27 February | 13:30pm UK

An Evening with Witty Women & Wine by Voices of Faith

Listen, learn and laugh with us as Lisa Koetter reads from her book "SILENCE WAS YESTERDAY - the uprising of women in the Catholic Church". Christiane Florin will ask questions about the status of the uprising. The event will be held in German, but will be translated live into English.
Italy
27 March | 19:00 CET

“Because God so wills it… Women tell of their vocations to become deacons and priests.” Sister Philippa Rath OSB discusses her new book

Voices of Faith's second event for 2021! Sister Philippa Rath OSB discusses her new book
Germany
13 February | 11:00am CET

Donne Per La Chiesa – Tra Sorelle e Fratelli

Donne per La Chiesa - Uno spazio per conoscerci e confrontarci sulla Chiesa che viviamo e che sogniamo insieme
Italy
6 February | 10:00am CET

Abuse and Reform in the Catholic Church with Doris Wagner

We Are Church Ireland presents Doris Reisinger (Wagner) who was a nun for 8 years, but left after being abused by priests. She campaigns for reforms to protect religious.
Ireland
15 March | 7:30pm GMT

Women’s Ordination

Join We Are Church Ireland for their first event of the year
Ireland
2 February | 7:30pm GMT

Critique as a sign of love – young catholic female voices

Voices of Faith's first event for 2021! Young catholics will share their criticisms and their hopes for the future of the Church.
Italy
30 January | 11:00am CET

WATAC Presents Feminism and Australian Christian Women

WATAC Presents (via Zoom) features current and future women leaders in the fields of social justice, theology, biblical studies, church reform and feminism. We invite you to be in conversation with them about their work, research and what matters to them.
Australia
10 February | 6:00pm AEDT

Siamo Tutti – Anne Soupa

Dopo l'incontro internazionale con la teologa francese Anne Soupa, vogliamo parlare della sua candidatura e del potere nella Chiesa nel contesto italiano. Con Anne Soupa dialogheranno Paola Cavallari, Paola Lazzarini e Antonietta Potente, l'incontro sarà' moderato da Ludovica Eugenio.
Italy
12 December | 10:00am CET

Voices of Faith – Kamingespräche. Gleiche Würde gleiche Rechte – Kirchenmänner denken nach

Auch viele Männer engagieren sich für gleiche Würde und gleiche Rechte von Frauen in der römisch-katholischen Kirche. Wir bringen sie miteinander ins Gespräch. Denn für wirkliche Veränderungen müssen sich Menschen zusammensetzen und ihre Visionen teilen, damit sich die Handlungsräume weiten.
Germany
29 November | 20:00pm CET

Root and Branch Journey Guests – Author James Carroll

JAMES CARROLL is a national award-winning author of over 20 books, and of the forthcoming; The Truth at the Heart of the Lie - How the Catholic Church lost its Soul. Join us with this distinguished speaker and writer to hear his wisdom, his grief at our Church’s failures, and his hope for its future.
UK
22 November | 16:00pm GMT

Root and Branch Zoom Talks – Colm Holmes and Soline Humbert

COLM HOLMES & SOLINE HUMBERT of We are Church Ireland have campaigned for Church reform since 1993
UK
10 November | 12:00pm GMT

Women and Liturgy – Bridget Nichols and Judith Courtney- Part 4

What gifts - pastoral, ritual, theological, musical - do women bring to liturgical celebrations? Voices on the pitch. 
UK
23 November | 19:00pm GMT

Women and Liturgy – Sara Parks and Lavinia Cerioni – Part 3

Why are more than half the members of the Roman Catholic Church being disregarded? Voices from the sidelines. Patricia Kelly and Tina Beattie.
UK
16 November | 19:00pm GMT

Women and Liturgy – Pauliina Pylvanainen and Joy Powell – Part 2

In the year 612 on the staff of the Church of Holy Wisdom there were 40 deaconesses. What were these women actually doing?
UK
9 November | 19:00pm GMT

Women and Liturgy – Sara Parks and Lavinia Cerioni – Part 1

The 'Silent Women' of the New Testament; what do they tell us about women's contribution to early liturgy? Sara Parks and Lavinia Cerioni
UK
2 November | 19:00pm GMT

Root and Branch – Journey to the Synod

Join Root & Branch with Dr Luca Badini, Director of the world-leading Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research, for an international overview of their work in some of the Church’s most challenging areas - most notably, the dignity and equality of women in our Church.
UK
25 October | 16:00pm GMT

Le “donne per la Chiesa” leggono l’enciclica “Fratelli tutti” di Papa Francesco

Women sharing their perspective of Pope Francis's most recent encyclical
Italy
6 November | 18:00 - 20:00pm (CET)

Frauen gestalten Kirche

Women are designing and shaping this church
Germany
27 October | 19:00 - 21:00pm (GMT+2) 

Anne Soupa – Candidate to become Archbishop of Lyon

Anne Soupa is a French theologian who has put her name forward in May 2020 as a candidate for the position of Archbishop of Lyon.
Ireland
23rd November | 19:30pm GMT (UTC +0) 

Fr. Tony Flannery – From the Outside: Rethinking Church Doctrine

Fr Tony Flannery was 'silenced' by the Vatican in 2012. In 2020 his Order's appeal was met with a demand he sign 4 oaths which he refused.
Ireland
2 November| 19:30pm GMT (UTC +0)

Why Women Must Speak about Power in the Catholic Church

Let's break down the theme of 'power' in the Catholic Church today and how women can rise up to challenge this old style thinking
Global
10 October | 10:30pm CEST

Presiding as a Woman

Your invitation to CWO’s annual gathering to discuss inclusive ministry post lock down
UK
3rd October | 14:00pm

Frauen auf dem Weg mit Jesus

Frauen auf dem Weg mit Jesus...Ordensfrauen Für Menschenwürde laden ein zum Pilgern
Germany
20 September | 13:15pm Uhr

Maria 2.0: Kommt zu Tisch! Gleiche Würde – Gleiche Rechte Kölner Dom / Roncalliplatz

Liebe Freund*innen, vom 19-26.9.2020 wollen wir wieder zeigen, wo nach wie vor unser Platz ist: Draußen.
Germany
20 September | 14:00pm CEST

Margit Schmidinger – Steh auf und geh mit!

Für die Gleichstellung von Mann und Frau in der katholischen Kirche und für eine offene, den Menschen zugewandte Kirche gehe ich nach Rom.
Austria
5 September - 7 November 2020

FRAUEN UND MACHT IN DER KATHOLISCHEN KIRCHE

Im Mai hatte sich die französische Journalistin und Theologin Anne Soupa um den Stuhl des Erzbischofs von Lyon beworben. Mit ihrer Kandidatur hat sie international für Aufsehen gesorgt.
Germany
19 September 2020

SAVE THE DATES, 19-26 September: Maria 2.0 Action Week

Maria 2.0 movement will be running an action week in September as part of their 1 year anniversary celebrations. Major events will be announced soon. 
Germany
19-26 September 2020

Women as Church Conference

How do we open new spaces, construct a new framework, and live a renewed calling, for a ‘discipleship of equals’ in which men and women engage in ministry, in various forms, and are equally valued?
Australia
27-29 October 2020

InVisible. Interdisciplinary voices on vulnerability, vulnerability and human rights

Vulnerability must be talked about. Violating power (vulnerability) that attacks human rights remains invisible in many places - human rights have once again become a violated and vulnerable good. This conference will discuss the topic of vulnerability in many ways.
Germany
4-6 October

Empowering Women to Unlock Their Potential

Hear from the seven women who stepped up for spots in the French Catholic Church hierarchy
Global
29 August | 10:30am CEST

Global Zoom Liturgy for the Feast Day of Mary Magdalene

Join the Indian Women Theologians as they dedicate an online liturgy to the feast of the apostle of the apostles, Mary Magdalene.
Global
26 July | 13:00pm CEST

Dividing Power, Sharing Responsibility – A conversation with Theologian Anne Soupa

In May this year French theologian Anne Soupa announced her candidacy to become the next Archbishop of Lyon. Join this online interview and Q&A as Anne expresses her position but also uncovers and highlights a fundamental and important issue in the separation of administrative functions of bishops from the sacramental role of priests.
Global
1 August | 11:00am CEST

WATAC Presents – Acting now: Laudato si’, eco-theologies and advocacy

Hear from Jacqui Remond and Dr Di Rayson on how we as Catholics must take on the care of the earth seriously.
Australia
14 October | 18:00pm AEST

CWC supports African refugee women creating reuseable, washable masks to support job creation

Members of CWC supported a global call to support south African refugee women to make washable, reusable face masks to protect against coronavirus. Masks were only 2 euros and CWC took over 1500 orders.
Global

Tina Beattie in Conversation with Kochurani Abraham

On Sunday, 14th June Tina Beattie had a Zoom conversation with Kochurani Abraham from Kerala about her experiences of faith as an Indian Catholic woman during this time of global crisis.
GlobalUK
14 June

Jayne Ozanne “My Story: Just Love”

Jayne Ozanne is a prominent British gay evangelical who works to ensure full inclusion of all LGBTI Christians at every level of the Church. She is Director of the Ozanne Foundation, which works with religious organisations around the world to eliminate discrimination based on sexuality or gender in order to embrace and celebrate the equality and diversity of all. On March 17th 2019 she was appointed to join the UK government’s LGBT Advisory Panel. She is a member of General Synod of the Church of England. On the 14th of November 2019 she presented Pope Francis with a copy of her book and research on the harm caused by conversion therapy.
Ireland
15 June

Women and the 2020/21 Australian Plenary Council

WATAC invites current and future wo/men leaders in the fields of social justice, theology, biblical studies, church reform and feminism to speak about their work, research and what matters to them. The first session, on Women and the 2020/21 Australian Plenary Council will take place on Tuesday 9th June 2020 at 6pm AEST.
Australia
9 June

Tina Beattie in conversation with Julie Siddiqi

Join this important conversation hosted by Tina Beattie with gender equality campaigner and interfaith educator Julie Siddiqi.
UK
8 June

Pentecost Virtual Liturgy

Fifty days after the Resurrection, the Holy Spirit descended on Christ's disciples, and from then on has accompanied believers and enabled them to pray and preach the Good News. The Holy Spirit comes to frightened, closed and hopeless women and men and transforms them into a strong and free community - open and ready to reach out to others. According to the words of St. Paul, the Holy Spirit makes one body out of us, in which each of us is irreplaceable. The women of the Catholic Women's Council want to come together and celebrate our diversity and equality - our sisterhood in the Holy Spirit.
Global
31 May

Q&A with Dr Amanda Dillon

Q&A with Dr Amanda Dillon, a research fellow in the Loyola Institute. Amanda's main area of expertise is at the intersection of Biblical Studies with Visual Studies, in the field of Biblical Reception History.
Ireland
25 May

Al Passo Delle Donne

Women on their way to a church that recognizes full dignity and equality to all the baptized
Italy
23 May

#juniainitiative zoom discussion

The #Junia Initiative stands for the experience that the spiritual power of God works, regardless of office, consecration, power and gender. This sacramental action is not officially recognized by the official church. The #JuniaInitiative wants to open the door with the term "sacramental mission" and future-proof and strengthen the church through networking and creative theological work. Junia is the patron of the #Juniainitiative. Paul describes her as an apostle in the letter to the church in Rome. The Zoom conference offers the opportunity to get to know the women of the initiative and their concerns, to encourage and celebrate each other. Core team includes Charlotte Küng-Bless, Regula Grünenfelder Dorothee Becker, Iva Boutellier Prioress Irene Gassmann, Veronika Jehle.
Switzerland
17 May

Action Maria 2.0 Frankfurt

A year has passed since we started our public actions as Maria 2.0 in Frankfurt. A lot has changed in the course of the year and much has been achieved. Maria 2.0 is effective, even if the iron doors in the church to protect women are still locked with padlocks and raised drawbridges. But Jesus can also come through closed doors and so we women will one day penetrate these walls in his spirit. We want to continue step by step and resume our activities on May 14th, we want to be infectious, but not with Corona, but with the spirit of Jesus. Photos of our members will be published on Thursday, May 14th, enlarged to A4 and mounted on a cardboard, hung on a rope stretched in front of the cathedral like a clothesline, so that with many faces we visibly express our demand for equal rights and the same dignity.
Germany
14 May

Vocations Sunday – ‘Women’s Vocations are Radiant and Unfading’

"For wisdom is more mobile than any motion; because of her pureness she pervades and penetrates all things." (Wisdom 6:24). Vocations Sunday, May 3, virtual gathering together and standing proudly and publicly as we call for the recognition of all women's vocations in the Church. In prayer, and longing, and praise for the women whose vocations must and will be part of the new church that is pieced together from the shards of the disaster of the pandemic.
USA
3 May

Tina Beattie in Conversation with Rocio Figueroa

Tina Beattie was in a Zoom conversation with Peruvian theologian Rocio Figueroa about her experiences as a Catholic woman during this time of global crisis.
UK
22 June
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