The International Association of Liberal Religious Women (IALRW) is one of the oldest international women’s organizations in the world. It was convened in Berlin in 1910 and since that time has provided a link between liberal religious women throughout the world.
It serves to promote friendship and cooperation between like-minded women and is a channel of communication for those striving for a liberal religious life. Members accept that each may belong to a different faith group, yet all share common values of striving for peace, justice and harmony, in the heart of the family, the community and the world.
Questionnaire/Evaluation on our 100th Anniversary/Centennial Jubilee in 2010
Dear friends and members of IALRW,
My name is Esther R. Suter. I live in Switzerland, I am pastor in the Swiss Reformed Church, and I work as a free lance journalist. Like some of you, I had a chance to participate in the IALRW Congress in Kochi, India, 2010, at its Centennial Jubilee. I was lucky to be elected into the IALRW-board as 3rd Secretary, for Europe.
Last Updated (Monday, 12 November 2012 08:06)
Gladys McNatt, Past President, now 95!!!
Dear IALRW friends,
You may recall that about a year ago, I wrote an article about all of us helping our past President Gladys McNatt celebrate her 94th birthday in April. Well, it's April again, and I just called and talked to her, the day after her 95th BIRTHDAY! Gladys is as lively as ever, and said she's going stop counting after her 95th....because she doesn't want to grow old. She's in such good health that she and her sister are planning to join some of their UU friends in Louisville, KY, so if you're going, you just might see her there.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 16 April 2013 09:47)
Peggy Kanada’s March, 2012 Visit to IALRW Sisters in Malaysia
On the way back from Delhi, India, I arrived at Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia, at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2012. I then enjoyed breakfast at the comfortable Prince Hotel, set amidst the skyscrapers of the central city, including Petras towers.
I experienced warm and humid weather (it rained three out of my four days) in Kuala Lumpur, but I loved the soft air, extensive greenery all around in the city, and the warm welcome from IALRW friends and acquaintances.
A big lunch at a local restaurant was organized by Kamar-sensei, (Professor Kamar Oniah Kamaruzaman, whom I call “sensei,” which means honored teacher in Japanese) for our IALRW members and others.
It was lovely to meet again Prof. Embong, who had visited IALRW members in Tokyo, where I live, in 2011--and a contingent of sisters who came up from Singapore (many whom I had met in Kochi, Kerala, India, in 2010). About 15 of us got together.
Last Updated (Saturday, 10 November 2012 09:13)
Past President Gladys McNatt Turns 94
Dear IALRW Members:
Last Updated (Tuesday, 16 April 2013 09:38)
IARF-U.S. Meeting at Hilton Head, SC - a great success!
Take a look at the most recent IARF-U.S. Newsletter (Click on "Resources" - IARF-U.S. International Association for Religious Freedom) and it will take you to their website.
I attended their recent meeting in Hilton Head, South Carolina, and had a wonderful time meeting old and new friends, and learning more about this parent group of the IALRW. It was also fun to once again tip my toes in the Atlantic Ocean...the weather was warm and sunny...and it was a nice change from the winter (though unusually mild) we are experiencing in the midwestern U.S.
The IARF-U.S. Newsletter also notes that a group from the U.S. is going to Japan for a visit in October, 2012....and that at a meeting in Japan in April, the LOCATION of our NEXT (2014) IALRW Meeting will be determined! I'm looking forward to finding out WHERE and WHEN we will all be able to meet again!
Here's a poem from their Newsletter, which makes me think of the coming spring:
“You ask why I make my home in the mountain forest,
"Think Spring!" And I hope to see you all at the 2014 IALRW meeting, WHEREVER it will be held. And we will put that info on this website as soon as it is available. Namaste and Blessed Be to you all.
Judy Highfill, IALRW website & Newsletter Editor