Women’s Interfaith Institute in the Finger Lakes

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We are “women supporting women of diverse faiths in generating spiritual leadership, scholarship and service.

Located in Seneca Falls, the historic birthplace of women’s rights, the Women’s Interfaith Institute in the Finger Lakes is a sister affiliate of the WII in the Berkshires.

Our space and mission is dedicated to interfaith understanding, cooperation and action.

Promoting Peace Through Understanding

Upcoming Institute-Sponsored Events:

Monthly Bring & Share Program - Usually the fourth Monday of each month, 6 - 8:00 pm, at the Women’s Interfaith Institute. Bring an appetizer - or something easy to share - and enjoy dinner, a brief program and engaging conversation among friends.



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Restoring the Great Room - Click the link above to learn more about WII’s capital campaign and strategic plans to restore the sanctuary…

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WII-Sponsored Convention Days Events: Focus on Women’s Issues and Faith

Without the freedom to choose our own path, to express our thoughts, to minister to others, or be regarded as a contributor, women would not be able to promote faith in the powerful and meaning ways we are capable of.  

Imagine a world where 50% of the ideas that could promote healing, growth, spiritual strength, and peace are stifled.  

Sound ridiculous and tragic?   In many ways, it’s the world we live in…  

This is why equality for women is very much a part of the Women’s Interfaith Institute and our mission to empower women of faith.   

Many of WII’s recent programs focus on that connection. The 2013 Convention Days celebration in Seneca Falls provided a showcase opportunity.  


Institute Founder to Speak at Parliament of World Religions

The Parliament of World Religions, the largest interreligious gathering in the world, is celebrating its 120 years in 2014. On November 16, in Chicago, a gala dinner and program will feature Women’s Interfaith Institute Founding Board Member Dr. Allison Stokes. Stokes is a member of the Advisory Council for the Parliament’s Ambassadors’ Program.  Dr. Stokes will speak on her research about women who spoke at the first Parliament in 1893.

Already planning its 2015 session, the Parliament’s governing council has asked its Ambassadors to hold “listening sessions” in their communities. Dr. Stokes hosted two sessions at the Interfaith Institute during the Board’s monthly, dish-to-pass supper meeting.

140 Fall Street, PO Box 131  •  Seneca Falls, New York 13148  •  (585) 319-9395  •  allisonstokes@earthlink.net

International Women’s Day Event a Success: “When Stanton Met Shahram”

The WII Board joined with the Women’s Institute for Leadership & Learning (WILL) on International Women’s Day, March 8, to present the fourth in a series of unique opportunities to see and hear Elizabeth Cady Stanton speak…


“Learning From Our Foremothers” Reading & Discussion Group Planned

WII has announced a reading and discussion group to begin on Saturday, March 22.  The topic is: “Learning from Our Foremothers: Nineteenth Century Women Leaders on Gender, Reform, Racism and Religion.” Sessions will be held from 1:30 - 3:00 pm every other week through May 31.

Scholars Melinda Grube and Allison Stokes will serve as co-facilitators.  Readings will be speeches given by women at the 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions, held during the Chicago World’s Fair.  These short, thought-provoking selections are published in a paperback book, A Chorus of Faith, which will be available for $10 a copy.  

Sessions will be held at the Women’s Interfaith Institute…