Feminist.com was among the first feminist groups to recognize the importance of connecting faith and feminism. In 2010, we partnered with the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, REVEAL: The Next Generation of Feminine Spirituality and Auburn Theological Seminary to develop our new microsite, Our Inner Lives.
Our Inner Lives honors women’s inner lives of faith, religious practice, spiritual transformation and commitment to causes greater than ourselves. We believe that caring for our inner lives makes us more effective in the world, and, simultaneously, being passionately engaged in the world nourishes us inside.
Some of our goals in creating the site were to: 1) createa resource for thoughtful dialogue on issues of faith, spirituality and religion from multi-faith, feminist perspectives; 2) provide spiritual seekers inspiration and tools for their journeys; 3) counter the destructiveness of religious fundamentalisms while honoring religion and spirituality that tolerates others’ beliefs and empowers women and other disenfranchised people; and 4) address the detrimental disconnect between faith groups and feminist groups.
Our Inner Lives Advisory Team
The Our Inner Lives website will be developing in exciting new ways over the next two years. New multi-faith perspectives will be highlighted showcasing expert advisors from the Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish and Hindu religious traditions discussing the world’s most entrenched social issues from an empowered woman’s perspective.; information on how women can turn the work they are doing on their inner lives into feminist action will be made available; new interactive elements such as videos and webinars will be added to the site; and more opportunities for visitor participation and expression will be provided. Meanwhile, new content will continually be added to existing sections of the Our Inner Lives site, including our various columns, resources and “Women of Vision” section, creating a new experience for our visitors each time they come to the site. We are adding a section to the Our Inner Lives homepage highlighting new content and a newsreel featuring women, spirit and action in the media and blogosphere entitled “Inside Out: Women’s Inner Lives in the Outer Eye.” Articles and blog posts will be added to the newsreel on a regular basis, keeping our homepage fresh while encouraging our visitors to explore additional sections of the site.
We are developing new ways for visitors to interact on the Our Inner Lives website. Two new columns, “Creative Zen” and “Art as Activism,” are being added to the “Inspiration and Practice” section of the website. “Creative Zen” will feature writing, art and activity prompts. Visitors will be invited to explore their inner lives using the creative prompts provided, sharing their results with one another in the space provided at the end of each prompt. “Art as Activism” will feature visual art, creative writing, music, videos and other artistic work that inspires our visitors’ inner lives and encourages them to take action in the world. Finally, we are integrating a blog format into the Our Inner Lives site with a “comments” section at the end of each column.
If visitor interaction proves popular, Feminist.com will launch an Our Inner Lives Ning group, on which our visitors can connect with one another more actively. Ning is a social website similar to Facebook, though Ning groups are divided by interest or identity—fans of a particular sport, members of a social group and so on. The Our Inner Lives Ning site, to which visitors could link through the Our Inner Lives website or the Ning website, would allow women tocreate their own Our Inner Lives profile, make personal connections with one another, share photos, videos and other information and plan meet-ups offline.
Finally, Feminist.com is committed to expanding the online reach of Our Inner Lives beyond our website. We are developing Facebook and Twitter accounts to be updated on a regular basis. We are creating an Our Inner Lives YouTube page which will feature original videos. In 2012, we plan to create a high-level viral video similar to the Girl Effect video which will live on our YouTube page as well as our site. We are also exploring the creation of an Our Inner Lives podcast, featuring original interviews, panel discussions, workshops, webinars and other content.
For questions about this project, contact us.
We invite you to join us on Our Inner Lives and share the ways faith and feminism interact in your life.