Women of Faith for Peace & Security (WFPS) Women’s Leadership Workshop

Women of Faith for Peace & Security (WFPS) Women’s Leadership Workshop

Posted on

From March 20-22, IGE's Women of Faith for Peace & Security (WFPS) initiative hosted the Women's Leadership Workshop. Twenty-three Christian women and men gathered to examine their equal calling as ambassadors of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:20), and how that influences the mission of IGE's Women of Faith for Peace & Security initiative. A strategic plan for the first WFPS global project—a learning delegation of WFPS advisors to conduct assessment on the immediate needs of women of faith in Syrian refugee camps in Jordan resulted from this meeting.

From March 20-22, The Institute for Global Engagement's Women of Faith for Peace & Security (WFPS) initiative hosted the Women's Leadership Workshop at Airlie Conference Center in Warrenton, Virginia. Twenty-three Christian women and men gathered to examine their equal calling as ambassadors of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:20), and how that influences the mission of IGE's Women of Faith for Peace & Security initiative.

Over the course of the workshop participants sought out a practical theology for engagement in these issues, while hearing about tangible projects that WFPS could pursue. Specifically, the group heard from Niki Roberts about local multi-faith initiatives that women at Northwood Church in Keller, Texas have pursued; as well as Myra Dahgaypaw, the Campaign Coordinator at the U.S. Campaign for Burma on the needs of multi-faith women in Burma; and finally from Sirin Hamsho, a scholar, consultant, and activist, who spoke on the needs of Syrian women of faith currently residing as refugees.

As a group, a theory of change was detailed, as well as a strategic plan for the first WFPS global project—a learning delegation of WFPS advisors to conduct assessment on the immediate needs of women of faith in Syrian refugee camps in Jordan.