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ESCT and DakaTeo

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.



Asian Horizons, Dharmaram Journal of Theology

Vol. 10, No. 3, September 2016

Call for Papers


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):

Indian Women Theologians’ Forum

Statement of the Indian Women Theologians’ Forum (IWTF) Annual Meeting, 24th – 26th April, 2016, on

“Liberating Christ” in the Indian Context: A Feminist Theological Search

See also: Indian women theologians seek new ways of being Church

IWTF 2016


Gender equality – an indian perspective

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.


EWA Conference 2016

EWA Conference 2016, January 21-25, Manila

The 21st Century Woman Still Claiming Her Space: Asian Feminist Theological Perspectives

Information and Call for papers



ACTA (Australian Catholic Theological Association) – INSeCT’s Research Program

The Australian Catholic Theological Association held its 2016 conference in Melbourne from July 7 to 10, and adopted INSeCT’s 2014–2017 research theme as its primary focus. The ACTA conference theme: “Theological Contributions Toward Re-Imagining Gender Justice.” Three keynote sessions were held, the first a lecture by Sr. Mary John Mananzan OSB, from Manilla, entitled “Asian Feminist Theology from the EATWOT Perspective”; a second session led by Geraldine Hawkes, followed the methodology of receptive ecumenism: “Re-Imagining Women’s Participation in the Church through Receptive Ecumenism.” This session adopted a “fishbowl” format and involved six ACTA members who, in preparation, had engaged in dialogue with leaders and members of other churches, including the Uniting Church and the Lutheran Church, about their church’s path to recognizing the ministry and leadership of women. The third keynote session was multi-disciplinary, focusing on gender justice, with three speakers: Dr Veronica Lawson rsm (Biblical), Dr Maeve Heaney (Systematic), and Professor Robert Gascoigne (Moral). A lengthy and deeply engaged discussion ensued, with two formal proposals being made to the Doctrine and Morals Committee of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. Almost all the other members’ papers delivered at the conference took up some angle on the INSeCT research theme.



Indian Women Theologians Forum

On “The Common Priesthood of Women”

Statement of the Indian Women Theologians Forum Meeting

Papal Seminary, Pune, 17th – 19th April 2015