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DAKATEO and ESCT held a joint Symposium on “Gender and Ecclesiology: An Intercultural Dialogue” at Tagaytay, Philippines, from July 14–17, 2016. The conference was organized with the participation of other INSeCT-Asia members (ACTA – Australian Catholic Theological Association, EWA – Ecclesia of Women in Asia, ITA – Indian Theological Association, and IWTF – Indian Women Theologians Forum), of St. Vincent School of Theology, Manila, and of ESWTR. Eight sessions treated eight topics, each one of them introduced from a European and an Asian perspective, followed by a generous amount of discussion and exchange. The topics and speakers were: “Women at the Grassroots’ Level of Church Leadership (e.g. BECs, social/political movements, etc.)” by Virginia Saldanha (IWTF, India) and Sr. Gemma Simmonds CJ (ET, Great Britain); “Female Deacons, Women Clergy Ordination” by Kochurani Abraham (ITA, India) and Angela Berlis (ESWTR, Switzerland); “Women from Spiritual Counselors to Confessors?” by Sr. Chris Burke (ACTA, Australia) and Sr. Rebeka Anic HSF (ESWTR, Croatia), “Women Religious as Vanguard of Women Participation” by Sr. Shalini Mulackal, pbvm (ITA, India) and Sr. Teresa Forcades OSB (ESWTR, Spain), “Women Leadership in the Bible” by Sr. Margaret Beirne (ACBA, Australia) and Rita Perintfalvi (ESWTR Hungary/Austria), “A Church beyond Clericalism” by Ramon Echica (DaKaTeo, Philippines) and Eamon Conway (ET, INSeCT Ireland), “A Gender Perspective on Catholic Sexual Ethics: Who Defines the roles and issues?” by Sharon Bong (EWA, Malaysia), Martin M. Lintner OSM (ESCT, INSeCT, Italy/Austria) and Gunter Prüller Jagenteufel (ESCT, Austria), “Women in a New Ecclesiology of the Laity” by Agnes Brazal (DaKaTeo/EWA, Philippines) and Serena Noceti (ESCT, Italy). To help contextualize the topics, the Conference began with testimonies from female victims of sexual abuse in their families. The conference was an intellectually and culturally enriching experience.
Kochurani Abraham (India): new member of the Steering Committee
James McEvoy resigned from the Steering Committee at the end of the 2016 Bangalore meeting. In accordance with INSeCT’s statutes, § 7, art. 3, the Steering Committee elected Kochurani Abraham to fill that vacancy until the 2017 General Assembly.
Dear Kochurani, welcome on Board!
Kochurani Abraham in dialogue with Martin M. Lintner, president, and James McEvoy.
Kochurani Abraham has a Licentiate in Systematic Theology from Comillas University, Madrid, and doctorate in Christian Studies with a focus on feminist theology from the University of Madras, India. She has worked as a Senior Fellow of Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) on a research project on Gender Education and has taught as a full time guest faculty in the Dept. of Christian Studies, University of Madras. She teaches feminist theology and feminist spirituality as a visiting professor in some institutes of theological formation in India. She has been the coordinator of the Indian Women Theologian’s Forum (IWTF) and Ecclesia of Women in Asia (EWA). She is also an active member of Indian Theological Association, World Forum of Theology and Liberation and Indian Association of Women’s Studies. She has co-edited with Evelyn Monteiro The Concerns of Women: An Indian Theological Response (Bangalore: Dharmaram 2005) and with Agnes Brazal Feminist Cyberethics in Asia: Religious Discourses on Human Connectivity (New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2014) and writes on questions related to ecology, feminist theology and liberation issues in the Indian context.
New publication: Theology and Power: International Perspectives.
This is a fruit of the collaboration of the European Society in Catholic Theology with the DaKaTeo (Catholic Theological Society of the Philippines) in 2011 on the research project of INSeCT (International Network of Societies in Catholic Theology).
“Questions of power, and its capacity for abuse, have emerged as urgent themes for theoretical and practical reflection within the international Catholic context and beyond. In large part, this is due to widespread revelations of sexual abuse, and allegations of subsequent cover-ups, mishandling, and safeguarding failures. But while of the utmost importance, Christian explorations of power are neither limited to, nor prompted by the sexual abuse crisis alone.
Recognising the gravity, urgency and global application of these issues, Theology and Power brings together Catholic scholars from three continents for a renewed, practical and theoretical exploration of power and its (ab)uses. Special attention is given to both the sexual abuse crisis, and the often tense relationships between religion and politics. This is an original collection of essays by leading Asian, European, and North American theologians and ethicists, exploring the nature of power and its capacity for abuse within both the Church and civil society.”
Asian Horizons, Dharmaram Journal of Theology
Vol. 10, No. 3, September 2016
Call for Papers
ASIAN CHRISTIAN HERITAGE
Christianity had its origin in Asia. In the first Millennium, Asia was the Centre of Christianity. Though Rome became the centre of Western Christianity and the See of the Papacy, all other major centres of the Church were in Asia; all the important Ecumenical Councils of the first Millennium took place in Asia; all the major doctrines were formulated in the Asian centres; most of the important theological schools were in Asia. September 2016 issue of Asian Horizons focuses mainly on the early history of indigenous Christianity in Asia. However, how this heritage continued to evolve also could be explored. Besides, how Christianity in Asia developed in dialogue with other Asian religions could be reflected upon.
Suggested Topics (only recommendations, not exhaustive):
– Indigenous Christianity in Asia
– Asian/Eastern Churches [Could be on a particular Church]
– Jewish Christianity
– Hellenistic Churches
– Syrian Churches
– Eastern Orthodox Churches
– Persian Church
– Missionary Expansion of the Nestorian Church
– Influence of Other Asian Religions on Christianity [could be also on the influence of any particular religion]
– Asian Church’s Contribution to the Western Churches
– Christianity in India
– Christianity in China [or any other Asian country]
– Colonization and Asian Churches
– Ancient Asian Churches and Inculturation
– Asian Churches: Search for Identity
As usual, we welcome other articles on any area of theological interest and research.
Please send your articles (4500-5000 words, including the footnotes) at the latest by 30 August 2016. Kindly include the abstract of the article in 150-200 words, 5-7 Keywords and a summary of the CV of the author in 100-150 words.
Other regular items: “New Scholars”: Abstract of doctoral theses (recently defended and not yet published); book reviews.
For submitting the articles and for more details: Shaji George Kochuthara (editor-in-chief): firstname.lastname@example.org
Statement of the Indian Women Theologians’ Forum (IWTF) Annual Meeting, 24th – 26th April, 2016, on
Fr. Virgilio Elizondo – R.i.P.
The ACHTUS community laments the loss of one of our founding members, Fr. Virgilio Elizondo, August 28, 1935 – March 14, 2016. His death by his own hand has left those of us who knew and loved him in a state of shock, anguish, and disbelief. It is as if Holy Saturday arrived quite early this year. [Read more]
Articles of Prof. Kochurani Abraham (EWA, IWFT) related to the question of gender equality
1. “Enlisting In The Struggle To Be Free”: A Feminist Wrestle With Gender And Religion in Belo Horizonte, v. 13, n. 39, July/Sept. 2015, pp. 1296-1314.
2. “Towards Wholeness: Reweaving the Tapestry of Life with Sophia” in Jnanadeepa, Pune Journal of Religious Studies Vol. 17 No.1, January 2014, pp. 11-26.
3.“In Search of Her: A Postcolonial/ Feminist Enquiry into the Identity of Indian Woman” in Victor Ferrao and James Ponniah(eds) Identity Difference and Conflict: Postcolonial Critique, Bangalore: Asian Trading Corporation, 2013, pp. 187-201.