These are the women who do the everyday work of PEACE-BUILDING. We give thanks for them everywhere! And thanks to the people who put this book together that we may come to know them and celebrate them and all the women working quietly behind the scenes, not just for peace and calm, but ALSO for Justice and Love of ALL.

the epistemological gap

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At long last, our book was released officially on September 15th! Can’t tell you what a relief this is, after such a long incubation period. The  project that led to this book was launched in 2010, a joint effort by USIP, the Berkley Center of Religion and World Affairs at Georgetown, and the World Faiths Development Dialogue. Katherine Marshall and I have shepherded the process along in the years since. Holding the book makes more real and evident the larger project and its impact on me and my work: all those conversations, those incredible women I’ve met and learned about.

The common assumption out there is that religious women are quiet, submissive, oppressed. When it comes to thinking about their response to violent conflict, there is little known about how they work, and so a conclusion that they do little. When it comes to their role in shaping gender dynamics…

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