A collection of 25 essays offering "a thought-provoking contribution both to the Ecumenical Decade - Churches in Solidarity with Women and to the process of drawing out the implications for the churches of the Platform for Action adopted by the United Nations' fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing 1995). While this book grows out of papers originally prepared for an international consultation on women called by the Lutheran World Federation, its relevance extends beyond the Lutheran family to all Christian churches who are concerned to see how the particular gifts of women can make an even greater difference in their life and witness" -- back cover.
Contents: Foreword: Making a Difference / Peri Rasolondraibe -- Introduction: Background and Genesis / Musimbi R.A. Kanyoro -- Discipleship of Equals: Reality and Vision / Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza -- Vocation and Ministry / Eugene L. Brand -- In Search of a Round Table / Christine Grumm -- Re-reading the Scripture: A Hermeneutical Approach / Nirmala Vasanthakumar -- Power, Authority and the Bible . Wanda Deifelt -- Reading the Bible as Equals / Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza -- Naming and Reclaiming Power / Martha E. Stortz -- Power in a Discipleship of Equals / Ranjini Rebera -- Power and Minorities: Indigenous Women in South America / Manuel Larreal -- Communion and Economic Power / Ruth Besha -- Rethinking Economic Power / Mariama Marjorie Williams -- An Agenda for the Whole Communion / Ishmael Noko -- Theology in the Communion of Churches: What Are the Implications ? / Elisabeth Parmentier -- Women in the Lutheran Communion / Musimbi R.A. Kanyoro -- African Women and Lutheran Tradition / Anna E. Mghwira -- Cultural Elements and Women's Ordination / Datuk Thu En-Yu -- Women Pastors in Indonesia / Basa Huabarat -- The Ordination of Women in Africa / Musimbi R.A. Kanyoro -- Women's Ordination: A Viewpoint from Tanzania / Cuthbert K. Omari -- A Decade of Discovery / Nicole Fischer -- What Does the Decade Offer Men ? / Robert Shantz -- Strategies for Women / Kate Mahn -- Women and Decision-making: An Ethiopian Experience / Yadessa Daba -- The Challenge of Feminist Theologies / Musimbi R.A. Kanyoro -- The Decade as the Great Commission / Pang Ken-Phin -- Contributors.
"Edited by Musimbi R.A. Kanyoro and Wendy S. Robins".
Includes bibliographical references.
"This book is a contribution of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) to the Ecumenical Decade of Churches in Solidarity with Women". -- p. vi.
"This book describes how women are rendered powerless in society and church, and explores how they may be empowered and celebrate their power. In three sections, eleven women from eight countries reflect on expressions of powerlessness, bring out insights from a variety of biblical sources, and discuss the appropriate and inappropriate uses of power." -- Back cover.
Contents divided into three main sections: Expressions of Powerlessness -- Scripture Can Empower Women -- Using Power.
Contents: Acknowledgements / Musimbi R.A. Kanyoro, Executive Secretary for Women in Church and Society -- Foreword: The Beauty of Women's Revolt / Mercy Amba Oduyoye -- Introduction / Musimbi R.A. Kanyoro and Wendy S. Robins -- Expressions of Powerlessness -- Of Gardens and Theology: Women of Faith Respond / Wanda Deifelt -- The Power to Name / Musimbi R.A. Kanyoro -- The Spider's Web of Triple Oppression / Jean Sindab -- The Feminist Challenge / Ranjini Rebera -- Scripture Can Empower Women -- Open Our Eyes / Raquel Rodriguez -- The Dance of Liberation / Violet Cucciniello Little -- Missing Persons / Constance F. Parvey -- The Old, New Visions / Barbel von Wartenberg-Potter -- Using Power -- The Power to Communicate / Christa Berger -- To be a Servant Leader / Linda Katsuno- Ishii -- Practical Power / Wendy S. Robins -- About the Authors.
Colophon: Printed in Switzerland.
Co-editor Wendy Robins is an Anglican from England, currently the Education Secretary for the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel.
Contributor Lynda Katsuno-Ishii is a Canadian Anglican lay woman.
Contents include "Being Together under the Cross in Africa : The Assembly Message".
Contents divided into eight sections: Harare 1998: An Introduction and Personal Perspective / Diane Kessler -- The Theme: "Turn to God - Rejoice in Hope" -- The Work of the WCC: Past, Present and Future -- WCC Membership and Relationships -- Actions on Issues of Current Global Convern -- The African Context -- Greetings from Religious and Political Leaders -- Additional Documents -- Appendices.
Appendices include "Constitution and Rules of the WCC as Amended by the Assembly".