Mighty Be Our Powers: Standing Together to Confront Tyranny

By :  Ruth Messinger Finkelstein Institute Social Justice Fellow, JTS
The Jewish Theological Seminary
Posted On May 10, 2017 | Interreligious

LECTURE BY NOBEL PRIZE WINNER LEYMAH GBOWEE

A John Paul II Lecture on Interfaith Understanding 

Renowned peace activist Leymah Gbowee won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for her work leading a women’s peace movement that brought an end to the Second Liberian Civil War. 

JTS Finkelstein Institute Social Justice Fellow Ruth Messinger, former president and current global ambassador of the American Jewish World Service (AJWS), will moderate the discussion.

The John Paul II Lecture on Interfaith Understanding is co-sponsored by the JTS Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue and the John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, with help from the Russell Berrie Foundation. 

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Leymah Gbowee won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for her work leading a women’s peace movement that brought an end to the Second Liberian Civil War. She travels the world speaking about gender-based violence and women-led peacebuilding in conflict countries. She is the founder and president of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa and a co-founder of the Women Peace and Security Network Africa. 

Ruth Messinger was president of the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) from 1998 through July 2016 and curently serves as the group’s global ambassador. In this role, Messinger is continuing her crucial work of engaging rabbis and interfaith leaders to speak out on behalf of oppressed and persecuted communities worldwide.