Religion and the Power of Women
Women, either cleric or lay, play a significant role in the religious activities of many faith communities. Furthermore, in interreligious activities, such as those of the World Conference of Religions for Peace, women are a driving force for global cooperation. We would like to focus attention on these roles women are playing in faith communities around the world.
It is also true, however, that religion has often been used to justify discrimination against women. In this special issue, we would like to hold up a religious ideal transcending differences of gender for the building of a society that fosters religious sentiment and reverence for life.