"About 140 Circle members from 25 countries met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from August 4th to August 8th 2002. This publication is one of a series of books that were generated by the research papers presented at that conference. The Conference theme was`Sex: Stigma and HIV/AIDS: African Women Challenging Religion, Culture and Social Practices'."-- Preface, p. xi.
"This book is the beginning of a series of Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians books published by Cluster Publications. The series is on HIV/AIDS and African Women". -- verso of half title-page.
Contents: Preface : Breaking the Silence on HIV/AIDS : The Lament of Women of Africa / Musimbi Kanyoro -- African Women of Faith Speak Out in an HIV/AIDS Era / Isabel Apawo Phiri -- Lessons on Healing from Naaman (2 Kings 5:1-27): An African-American Perspective / Cheryl Barbara Anderson -- "The Mother's Cow" : A Study of Old Testament References to Virginity in the Context of HIV/AIDS in South Africa / Patricia Frances Bruce -- Talitha Cum ! Calling the Girl-Child and Women to Life in the HIV/AIDS and Globalization Era / Musa Dube -- The Attitude of Jesus to the `Anointing Prostitute' : A Model for Contemporary Churches in the Face of HIV/AIDS in Africa / Dorcas Olubanke Akintunde -- Trapped Between Two `Canons' : African-South African Christian Women in the HIV/AIDS Era / Madipoane Masenya (ngwana' Mphahlele) -- Theological Challenges and Ecclesiological Responses to Women Experiencing HIV/AIDS : A South Eastern Zimbabwe Context / Elesinah Chauke -- Choosing to Remain Silent : Links Between Gender Violence, HIV/AIDS and the South African Church / Beverley Haddad -- South African Jewish Women and HIV/AIDS / Azila Talit Reisenberger -- Spiritual Care-giving to Women Affected by HIV/AIDS / Christina Landman -- HIV and AIDS Curriculum for Theological Institutions in Africa / Musa Dube -- Utilization of Distance Learning Methods on Combating HIV/AIDS among Rural Christian Women in Africa / Lucy Kasyoka Kithome -- "This is My Body Broken for You" : Liturgical Resources for Dealing with HIV/AIDS / Devarakshanam Betty Govinden.
Anglican contributors include Devarakshanam Betty Govinden and Beverley Haddad.
"This volume of  essays [by 11 contributors], the first of its kind, highlights some of the unique ways in which African women read and interpret the Bible in their diverse historical and cultural contexts. Early Bible translation and interpretation in Africa was carried out primarily by foreign missionaries and so was deeply influenced by patriarchal and colonial ideologies. .... This book provides important new tools and resources for the study of the Bible in Africa, complements the work of Western feminist and womanist theologians and biblical scholars, and embodies postcolonial scholarly concern to take seriously 'other' ways of reading. The result is a significant contribution to global biblical scholarship and hermeneutical reflection". -- back cover.
Contents: Acknowledgement dated Geneva, January 29, 2001 / Musimbi R.A. Kanyoro, Circle Coordinator -- Introduction / Musa W. Dube -- Storytelling Methods and Interpretations -- 1. I Am the Woman / Rose Teteki Abbey -- 2. Esther and Northern Sotho Stories: An African-South African Woman's Commentary / Mmadipoane (Ngwana 'Mphahlele) Masenya -- 3. Fifty Years of Bleeding: A Storytelling Feminist Reading of Mark 5: 24-43 / Musa W. Dube -- Patriarchal and Colonizing Translations -- 4. How Local Divine Powers Were Suppressed: A Case of Mwari of the Shona / Dora R. Mbuwayesango -- 5. Translating the Divine: The Case of Modimo in the Setswana Bible / Gomang Seratwa Ntloedibe-Kuswani -- Reading with and from Non-Academic Readers -- 6. Cultural Hermeneutics: An African Contribution / Musimbi R.A. Kanyoro -- 7. Toward a Post-apartheid Black Feminist Reading of the Bible: A Case of Luke 2: 36-38 / Gloria Kehilwe Plaatjie -- Womanhood and Womanist Methods -- 8. A Bosadi (Womanhood) Reading of Proverbs 31: 10-31 / Mmadipoane (Ngwana 'Mphahlele) Masenya -- 9. A South African Indian Womanist Reading of the Character of Ruth / Sarojini Nadar -- The Divination Method of Interpretation -- 10. Divining Ruth for International Relations / Musa W. Dube -- In Response -- 11. A North American Feminist Response / Phyllis A. Bird -- 12. The Bible and African Christianity: A Curse or a Blessing ? / Nyambura J. Njoroge -- 13. African "Ruths", Ruthless Africas: Reflections on an African Mordecai / Tinyiko S. Maluleke -- List of Contributors.