Don’t panic! We’ve temporarily taken down our 2020 events as we rebuild the summer calendar — this empty page of events will soon accurately reflect the offerings of our 2020 online assembly. Our program directors are currently working with 2020 lecturers, chaplains and artists to confirm their participation via remote video feed. Please check back beginning in early June as we begin posting frequent updates regarding confirmed programs and the online forum in which they will take place.

Week Five :: July 25–August 1

The Women’s Vote Centennial and Beyond

As we join the nation in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, we also consider those who were left out of the mainstream suffrage movement, examine the slow progress toward gender equality in the United States, and look to the movement’s relevance to the ongoing battle over voting rights.

  • Despite women having the vote for nearly a century, and a surge in the 2018 election, why are so few women represented in government positions and on the ballot today?
  • How does gender bias continue to be used against candidates, not only by political opponents, but by voters?
  • Why has the Equal Rights Amendment, first proposed in 1923 and passed by Congress in 1972, fallen short of ratification?

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: The Feminine Spirit

Confucian Correlative Cosmology, specifically Taoism, presented the image of the Yin/Yang Holism (the Tai Chi) to describe how seemingly opposite forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world; and, how they give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. In this image, the feminine charisms are juxtaposed with the masculine charisms (neither are strictly gender-specific), and in this emerging era it has been observed that the feminine is finally rising, ultimately to restore balance and to revitalize the world. In this week, we shine a light on the feminine charisms and spirit and some leading women who embody this spirit.