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.