With Courage and Compassion

With Courage and Compassion

by Aruna Gnanadason


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With Courage and Compassion celebrates the contributions of women to nations, societies, churches, and the ecumenical movement. Through creative forms of resistance and daring theological exploration, women have enriched and advanced theological discourse and called for transformations in within human relationships with one another and with the earth. The World Council of Churches (WCC) has, since its inception in 1948, responded to the call of women for recognition of their leadership and theological gifts with efforts at affirmation and inclusion. However, all is not well. Structures and processes that permit many forms of exclusion and even violence against women in societies in the church and the ecumenical movement persist. This book analyses what lies at the heart of the struggle women go through and why the vulnerability of women continues to be exploited. It calls for a new theological vision and political imagination to transform unjust attitudes and systems that still exist, particularly in the ecumenical movement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506430249
Publisher: 1517 Media
Publication date: 03/03/2020
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Aruna Gnanadason was director of the Women in Church and Society and the Justice, Peace and Creation programs of the World Council of Churches from 1991-2009. She staffed the WCC's Ecumenical Decade of the Churches in Solidarity with Women. She earned a D.Min. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, California.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Words of Gratitude xiii

1 Women Creating Places of Hospitality for Human Flourishing 1

2 Women Have Made a Difference 35

3 The Ordination of Women to Priesthood: Dilemma or Promise 67

4 The Church as a Sanctuary of Courage 97

5 Moving Forward: Holding Each Other Up Gently 129

Select Bibliography 159

Appendix 165

Index 169

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