"Copyright 1985 World Council of Churches, Sub-unit on Women in Church and Society". -- verso of t.-p.
Illustrations by Nadine Hundertmark. -- verso of t.-p.
"The Bible has a liberating message for women. This is what we discovered in a small workshop in India. We also became aware, however, that the Bible has often been used to reinforce negative cultural stereotypes about women, to denounce their struggle for equality, to discourage their full participation in church life and the ministries of the church. .... This booklet is meant to encourage women and men to re-read our Christian tradition in the light of the new experiences of women, and to become aware of attitudes which deeply influence our lives and beliefs, not based on the gospel but on dominant cultural values. Here you participate in an experience which does not claim authority, or scientific depth, or completeness. This is only one model of how women and men can start to make new discoveries in the Bible, taking seriously their own historical experience and context". -- Foreword, p. [vii].
Contents: Foreword / Barbel von Wartenberg-Potter, Director, Sub-unit on Women in Church and Society -- Introduction -- Stories -- Crying our for justice -- Fear means compassion -- An empty dream ? -- Destined to be impure ! -- The courage to be -- Coming out of the curse -- God's "yes" and the Church's "no" -- A kind of resurrection -- At the well of life -- Letter from Mamphele -- Now, over to you !
"Co-published with Fortress Press, Philadelphia". -- verso of t.-p.
Bibliography: p. 111-112.
"This book is based on the World Council of Churches study on the Community of Women and Men in the Church and the consultation held in Sheffield, England, on that subject in the summer of 1981. To that end it mixes material from the preliminary studies, speeches and findings of the conference, and subsequent actions. It does not cover in meticulous detail every major address or included every word of the section reports and recommendations. That book, admirably edited by the director of the study, Constance Parvey, is the official report, `The Community of Women and Men in the Church' (Fortress Press, 1983). It is not a history of the women's department in the World Council of Churches. That book is 'A Voice for Women' by Susannah Herzel". -- Preface, p. 5.
Contents: Dedication -- Preface: A Word to the Consumer dated New York, Easter 1982 / Betty Thompson -- "Think on These Things" [Poem] / Mercy Oduyoye -- Introduction : Ever Since Eve -- A Chance to Change -- Process, Pain, and Risk -- "Human Being" [Poem] / Maen Pongudom -- Becoming Human in the New Community -- From Pyramid to Circle -- "Dear Mother Church" [Poem] / Margaret Davies -- A Home for Humanity -- Scripture in the New Testament -- "The Name of God" [Poem] / Elizabeth Streefland -- The Third World Speaks Out -- Beyond Sheffield -- Reality to the Vision -- "Women in Exodus Commune with God" [Poem] / Helen Schmidt -- A Letter from Sheffield -- Notes -- Bibliography -- The Study Questions.
"When Canon Judy Rois was a student in the late 1970s, she wanted to take a preaching course. But when she went to sign up, she discovered she wasn't allowed because she was a woman. After much lobbying, she recalls, she was let into the class -- the only stipulation was, she had to wait until everyone else had entered the room, then sit at the back, so as not to 'distract' her male classmates" (p. 1). Ordained in 1985, Rois said "she's experienced plenty of gender discrimination. People have walked out or shouted things while she was preaching, crossed the church to take communion from a man, even refused last rites from her because she was a woman" (p. 1, 6). "In 2016, after 40 years of ordination to the priesthood for women, approximately 30 % of all bishops in Canada were female, according to Rois' research. Worldwide, 6.8 % of Anglican bishops were women. In 2018, Canada's first and second female archbishops were elected" (p. 6). "In the church, Rois identifies two main causes of what she terms the 'stained glass ceiling'. One is 'decades of social and gender norms that hinder female involvement outside the confines of the home', says Rois. ... Another cause, specific to the church is the pervasiveness of certain understandings of Scripture. 'For some people .. there's a belief in the headship of men, that women should be kept silent in church', says Rois" (p. 6) Susan Johnson, the first woman to be elected national bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, said "I grew up in a church that didn't ordain women. Even though I think I had, very early on, a call to ordained ministry, I couldn't recognize it for what it was, because it was impossible and foreign" (p. 6). Archbishop Melissa Skelton, elected metropolitan of British Columbia and Yukon in May 2018, "sees the importance of providing the mentorship and support that were not available in the past. 'The experience of many women .. is that there isn't a sufficient network of supportive women to assist them and encourage them to explore the next level of responsibility'" (p. 6). "Towards this end, Skelton is helping to organize 'Leading Women', a conference for women in the Anglican Church of Canada and the U.S.-based Episcopal Church, which will take place in Chicago in October 2019" (p. 6). "While there is no guaranteed strategy to break down glass ceilings, Rois says, there are things that can be done. 'We need to keep looking at more women as bishops, primates, deans -- as women in positions of influence. We need to also provide good daycare for men and women who have children, good working hours .. that allow men and women to care for their families in equal ways'. Skelton believes that 'a diversity of gender -- and not just to say men and women, but different ways people identify -- is really important'. As bishop of the diocese of New Westminster, she has considered the ethnic and gender diversity of her diocese when making appointments" (p. 6).
At head of title: A Report of the World Council of Churches' Conference, Sheffield, England, 1981.
"Edited by Constance F. Parvey".
Bibliography: p. 190-201.
"`The Community of Women and Men in the Church' is the report of the historic consultation in Sheffield in 1981 which marked the culmination of a four-year process of study and dialogue. The book tells the story behind Sheffield. It gives an account of what happened at the consultation: the actions and reactions, the speeches, events and resolutions. It also indicates how the study may be continued and its insights realized in the day-to-day life of the churches, so that the Church may be transformed into an authentic community of women and men". -- back cover.
Contents divided into five main sections: Part One: About this Book -- Part Two: From the Podium: Plenary Presentations -- Part Three: The Word of God and the Hearers of the Word -- Part Four: Seeking a Common Base -- Part Five: Prologue to the Future.
Contents: Preface / William H. Lazareth and Barbel von Wartenburg -- Acknowledgements and Thanks / Constance F. Parvey -- Part One: About this Book --1. The Church: Women and Men in Community, Sheffield : A Summary of Major Presentations -- The Roots : How Sheffield Came to Be -- Part Two: From the Podium: Plenary Presentations -- 2. 1354 Years from that Easter Day: The Community of Women and Men in the Church / Robert Runcie -- A Chance to Change / Philip Potter -- Becoming Human in New Community / Elisabeth Moltmann-Wendel and Jurgen Moltmann -- 3. Male Domination and Women's Identity -- Women and Men in New Community: Insights from Liberation Struggles / Tissa Balasuriya -- The Sense of Self in Women and Men: In Relation to Critical World Questions / Jean Baker Miller -- 4. The Energizing Force of Tradition -- Orthodox Tradition as a Resource for the Renewal of Women and Men in Community / Elisabeth Behr-Sigel -- Resources in the Tradition for the Renewal of Community / Rose Zoe-Obianga -- Part Three: The Word of God and the Hearers of the Word -- 5. "Woman, Why Are You Weeping ?" / Pauline Webb -- 6. The Voices of Sheffield -- Preface at Dresden to the Sheffield Recommendations / Mercy Oduyoye -- The Community of Women and Men in the Church: The Sheffield Recommendations -- The Letter from Sheffield to the Churches: Introduction / Jean Mayland -- Part Four: Seeking a Common Base -- 7. Third World Statement: European Response -- Women and Men in Community for Humanity -- A European Response -- 8. The Section Reports -- Identity and Relationships in New Community -- Marriage, Family, and Life Style in New Community -- Scripture in New Community -- Ministry and Worship in New Community -- Authority and Church Structures in New Community -- Tradition and Traditions: A Chance for Renewal ? -- Justice and Freedom in New Community -- Part Five: Prologue to the Future -- 9. The Community of Women and Men in the Ecumenical Movement -- Held Together in Hope and Sustained by God's Promise / Constance F. Parvey -- The Process and the Means -- 'Theos' in Identity and Relationships -- The Church: A Venture in Service -- Appendix A. List of Participants -- Appendix B. Documentation: Steps in the Process 1974-1982 -- Appendix C. Bibliography: For Further Reading.
Colophon: Typeset in the USA. Printed in Switzerland.
"In Asia's struggle for a full humanity, women are specially concerned in moving towards a relevant theology. Asian women should be among the first to uncover reality -- the Asian reality -- and to cease being imitative of European theologians. This book is an effort towards an Asian woman's theology. I do not use the term feminist theology' because the word `feminist' has become too loaded. I am aware that theology, whether it is seen as a discipline or a critical reflection, is primarily about God. How do Asian women encounter God ?" -- Intro., pp. [v]-vi.
"Edited by Marc Reuver, Friedhelm Solms and Gerrit Huizer."
Includes bibliographical references.
Includes "Index of names" but NO SUBJECT INDEX.
A collection of 24 essay/chapters grouped into seven sections: The idolatry of the present global economic system -- Creation and nature -- New concerns for life -- New ways of doing theology --Justice and human rights -- Non-violence - Violence; Peace -War -- New perspectives for tomorrow.
Contents: Preface dated May 1992 / Marc Reuver, Friedhelm Solms, Gerrit Huizer -- Introduction -- The global economic system in biblical perspective / Philip Potter -- The economic ironies in world politics / Andre Gunder Frank -- Our common information future: does it matter ? / Cees J. Hamelink -- People's movements and global elite strategies / Gerrit Huizer -- Dilemmas of agrarian transformation / Solon Barraclough -- Redeeming creation / David Gosling -- Use and abuse of creation: ecumenism and ecology tomorrow / Johannes Opschoor -- World religions and the wholeness of creation / Wesley Ariarajah -- Women and the transformation of society / Catharina Halkes -- Women and the mystery of life / Ivonne Gebara -- Liberation and the development of theology in Africa / Mercy Amba Oduyoye -- The contemporary role of the Church in health care / Patricia J. Nickson -- Healing as liberation / Gerrie ter Haar -- Popular reading of the Bible in Latin America / Pablo Richard -- The future of Asian women's theology / Chung Hyun Kyung -- Emerging theologies: faith through resistance / Marc Reuver -- The commitment to justice in the ecumenical movement / Julio de Santa Ana -- The international debt crisis: whose crisis ? / Hans Diefenbacher and Tamara Kunanayakam -- Human rights in the new world order / Erich Weingartner -- The false dichotomy of violence and nonviolence / Friedhelm Solms -- The consolidation and renewal of US interventions / Ana Maria Ezcurra -- Perspectives for ecumenism in the Nineties / Wolfgang Huber -- On the threshold of the 21st century / Milan Opocensky -- Africa in search of identity / John Pobee -- Epilogue -- List of authors -- Index of names.
"[By] Grace M. Anderson and Juanne Nancarrow Clarke".
Bibliography : pp. 130-139.
Research done by two women "sociologists and keen Christian laypersons" based on records and interviews with women affiliated with the Toronto School of Theology from the Anglican, Baptist, Presbyterian and United Church denominations. "This is the first major Canadian study of women in ministry to be published". -- Preface, pp. 13-14.
Contents: Tables -- Acknowledgements -- Preface -- A Changing Church in a Changing World -- What Do Women Want ? -- The Differences Age Makes -- Cross Currents in Ministry -- The Future: New Wine in New Bottles -- Sexism and Lifestyles -- Maintaining Women in Ministry -- Bibliography -- Appendix I: The Questionnaire -- Appendix II: Research Notes -- Appendix III: Covering Letter to Respondents.
After a slow start in most parts of the world, the Ecumenical Decade of Churches in Solidarity with Women has seen major gains by women in several countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom. There have been major celebrations of the ministry of women.
Now into its second half, the decade has also prompted deep reflection by many in Canada about the meaning of `solidarity' and the benefits of drawing all of the church's constituency -- including men -- into the struggle to recognize the lives of women in the church.
Of equal concern to those involved in women's issues and in the ministry of women is that the advances and consciousness-raising that the Ecumenical Decade has prompted not come to an end once those 10 years are up.
In April, InterMission looks at what the Ecumenical Decade of Churches in Solidarity with Women has accomplished so far, and at what remains to be done.
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