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Professor Ursula King
Professor Ursula King

Press Release - 06 November 2006

Free public lecture: Women & interfaith dialogue

Local people have the opportunity to hear how women across the world are reinterpreting their religious traditions through dialogue with people from different faiths, in a free public lecture at the University of Bath on Wednesday 8 November.

The lecture, Listening to global women’s voices: reflections on interfaith dialogue, will focus on women’s activities at grassroots, often outside or at the margins of official religious institutions and through newly created international networks.

Professor Ursula King, who will present the lecture, has published widely in religion and feminism and has received international acclaim for her contribution to the development of feminist theology.

Professor King said: “The growth of interfaith dialogue has created a new dynamic for religions and opened up questions for theological and spiritual reflection, but it still remains largely shaped by patriarchy. In official inter- religious dialogue it is always men in the forefront, whether the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Pope, or the Dalai Lama, but there are some fascinating groups of women joining together across the world. They have something to contribute to interfaith dialogue and their voices should be listened to.

“People in the West are less aware that women’s dialogue is happening not just in Christianity, but also in Buddhism, Islam and Hinduism. A recent Channel 4 Dispatches programme featured Moslem women claiming the right to use space in a mosque for prayers, including demonstrating in the street.”

Professor King is Professor Emerita of Theology and Religious Studies and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Bristol. She is also Professorial Research Associate at the Centre for Gender and Religions Research at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

Admission for the lecture is free and people can just turn up on the evening. Free parking is available in the West Car Park. The lecture runs from 5.15pm until 6.15pm in the lecture hall 8 West 1.1 on the Claverton campus.

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