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Women’s Spirituality Forum

The Women’s Spirituality Forum in San Francisco is a nonprofit group focused on Earth-based and Dianic religions and spiritualities and women. Contact via founder Z Budapest.

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Zsuzsanna Budapest

Zsuzsanna Budapest — more commonly known as Z Budapest — is one of the founders of the revival of Earth-based, women-focused spirituality movement of the 1960s and 1970s. She is the author of more than a dozen books on women’s spirituality and Earth-based religions and teaches in San Francisco.

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Elizabeth Dreyer

Elizabeth Dreyer is a professor of religious studies at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn. She is the editor of a series of books, Called to Holiness: Spirituality for Catholic Women.

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Kathe Schaaf

Kathe Schaaf is co-editor of Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership: Where Grace Meets Power. She is co-chair of the Women’s Task Force for the Parliament of the World’s Religions and an artist, a poet and a marriage and family therapist based in California.

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Girlfriends in God

Girlfriends in God is a national Christian ministry that focuses on fostering women’s spirituality through a Christian lens. It is headed by three women, Sharon Jaynes, Gwen Smith and Mary Southerland. They are based in Huntersville, N.C., and hold conferences nationwide. Contact via the website.

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Reporting on Islam

While 1 in five people practice Islam internationally, a Pew Research survey in 2010 found that about half of Americans are able to correctly identify the Quran and Ramadan as associated with Islam. Another Pew survey in 2007 revealed that 58 percent of Americans say they know little or nothing about Islam’s practices, and often, what they do know […]

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Human trafficking: Faith groups mobilize

As unaccompanied migrant children continue to stream across the U.S.-Mexican border in what’s been called a humanitarian crisis, attention is being drawn again to the global issue of human trafficking. Analysts estimate that as many as 27 million people are trafficked globally each year, many falling prey as they try to escape the same kinds of desperate circumstances the migrant children face in their home countries. People of faith are working to combat trafficking and help its victims.

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Greg Wark

Greg Wark is the co-founder of Stop Child Trafficking Now, a countertrafficking organization that has teamed up with retired Navy SEALS to collect evidence against traffickers and to raise awareness about child sex trafficking. The organization works with churches around the country.

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