Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Come to the New Feminism Conference! November 8th!

Hello! It's been crazy few weeks (read more on my Facebook page or on our CaringBridge site about that!), but if you live anywhere near southern Minnesota, driving over for the day for this New Feminism Conference will totally be worth the effort!! Here's my article explaining it (first posted in The Courier.)

Why Should You Attend the New Feminism Conference?
What treasure of truth, what gift of feminine fellowship awaits you at the Diocese of Winona's New Feminism Conference? Register today!

First of all, it is going to be an inspiring, enlightening, and exciting day! Over the past few years, since the introduction of the women’s study program, ENDOW (Educating On the Nature and Dignity Of Women), women have been coming in large numbers to our events.

The Holy Spirit has been moving in the hearts of the women of the Diocese of Winona, and it is because of this great response that this wonderful conference day is a possibility!

Yet, what about the term "new feminism”? Isn't the Church against "feminism”? It seems the term "feminism” has been soiled by radical feminism. Women hear "feminism” and they think of men-haters, bra-burners, abortion-banner-toting, anti-mothering, masculine women. Yet, did you know that the very first feminists at the turn of the century and in the early 1900s were all pro-life, pro-women and very pro-motherhood? Louisa May Alcott, Susan B. Anthony, Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, Dorothy Day, Dr. Charlotte Denman Lozier, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Mary Wollstonecraft (just to name a few! the list is extensive!) were all very pro-life!

It was only during the 1960s and the Sexual Revolution that women’s equality/ freedom began to be equated with sexual equality and so-called sexual freedom. That theme has so permeated our culture that it is the underlying message being pushed through many "woman's issues” even now. Radical feminism believed women’s bodily femininity was holding her back in life. So, in their minds, for a woman to be free she must rid herself of gender. "The pill” was the first step in achieving this. For radical feminism, equality means sameness. For a woman to be equal to a man she must be just like a man.

Ah, but this is the point! The point exactly! When Pope St. John Paul II called for women to promote a "New Feminism,” he saw the beautiful gift of femininity! He recognized the great need culture had for more of women’s involvement in leadership roles. He gave womanhood such a high level of dignity that when he saw the damage radical feminism was doing, he sought to change direction.

Reading through his Letter to Women and his apostolic letter On The Dignity and Vocation of Women, you see that he recognizes the disadvantage women have had in the past, and even in some instances, directly apologizes for it. He also affirms the great gift women are to the Church and to the world. Yet, he sees that we must continue to affirm her great dignity so that she is not slighted yet again. This is why he calls for a "New Feminism.”

New Feminism promotes equality among men and women not because we are the same but because we are unique! There can be an equality in dignity and yet unique in characteristics. Think about different cultures. Is each culture only equal in dignity when they are exactly the same? For shame! What would the world be like without authentic Belgium chocolate or Italian espresso? Or even American hotdogs?
Yet, our current society would have us believe that women must be just like men in order to be free. They say that we must stop our fertility, mutilate our bodies, say no to children and that "weaker” choice of motherhood and then, only then can women be equal to men. The Church disagrees. Our society knows this, too, and works deliberately to undermine the Church’s authority in women’s issues, attempting to push the Church to the peripheral. Yet the truth will win; the truth always wins, because it resonates in the hearts of women.

This is why we have had packed rooms at all of our events! This is why women keep asking for more events and more knowledge! You know that what you have been told doesn’t quite sit right with you, but you don’t know how to put your finger on it.

This is why you must come join us on November 8! Pope St. John Paul II said that women’s role in changing society is pivotal and when women can embrace this new feminism (one that elevates women because of her femininity not over its destruction), then women will transform society!

Many women don’t even know what the Church actually says about women; others know, but want to understand it better; and still others want to know what they can do about it to begin that transformation. Wherever you are in that spectrum, this New Feminism Conference has what you are looking for. With a track for teenage girls (junior high on up is invited - bring your daughters!), and three different tracks for women, you can find the talks that interest you. And there will be prizes & speakers being flown in just for you – you are going to love it!
Our events are fun, educational and inspiring! Can't wait to see you there!

Come, spend a day with us in Austin, MN at St. Augustine Church, and unlock the truth that is burning inside you! You are enough, just as you are! You are beautiful in your femininity! You are precious because of your womanhood! God loves you just as you are – you are so beautiful to Him! Sr. Paul Mary and I cannot wait to see YOU there! Register here: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9spix9lddaac4af&llr=s5ol9gjab 

The registration deadline is October 25! The sooner you register, the more likely you are able to choose your preferred tracks!

I do hope you can make it!
xo,
Theresa

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