African Women Extraordinaire: Lectures and Conversation with Christian Leaders
A one-day seminar sponsored by the Princeton Monthly Conversations series
March 9, 2012
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
School of Christian Vocation and Mission
Princeton Theological Seminary
Limited scholarships are available, particularly for students.
Dr. Mercy Oduyoye is described as Africa's first and foremost woman theologian. The former Deputy General Secretary of the World Council of Churches and Mackay Lecturer in World Christianity (1994-1995) at Princeton Theological Seminary, Dr. Oduyoye is currently the director of the Institute of African Women in Religion and Culture at Trinity Theological Seminary in Ghana. In addition to this lecture, Dr. Mercy Oduyoye is also contributing to the 2012 Trible Lectures at Wake Forest Divinity School , who provided for her roundtrip travel from Africa.
Dr. Sarojini Nadar is a senior lecturer and director of the Gender and Religion Department at the School of Religion and Theology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Durban, South Africa).
||Program begins with Worship
||Lecture by Mercy Oduyoye:
"African Women's Reading of the Bible
and the Ethos of Contemporary Christianity in Africa"
||Moderated Group Conversations
||Lunch (graduate students will be eating with the lecturers)
||Insights gained from Group Conversations
Lecture by Sarojini Nadar:
"African Women's Theologies: Characteristics, Challenges and Chances for Change"
||New insights and pending questions (a roundtable conversation)
||Sending and Departure
Early registration is encouraged. Registrants will receive a coursepack with helpful articles, to provide a common vocabulary and shared starting point for the conversations of the day.
Women have played significant and varied roles in Christianity since it came to sub-Saharan Africa in the fifteenth century. As leaders and as church members, as creative contributors to the developing religious communities and the majority of the faithful in many contexts, on whose labors both individual and the church as a body depended, African women have lived their convictions and spoken their commitments. Much neglected in the telling of the church’s history, these women are beginning to be recognized and celebrated, and their stories bring the amazing world of Christianity in the global south to life for sisters and brothers in other parts of the world.
This one-day program provides an opportunity to listen and dialogue with African women theologians. This program is part of the Seminary's "Women in African Christianity" course, taught by Dr. Elsie McKee, who was born and reared in the Democratic Republic of Congo. All are welcome to attend this program, offered during Women's History Month, and the day after International Women's Day.
Registration and program will be held in Stuart Hall. Please click for a campus map and for directions.
Registration for this event is $50, including lunch. Significant scholarships are available, particularly for students enrolled in other institutions - please inquire by writing the School of Christian Vocation and Mission at email@example.com or by calling the Erdman Center at 609-497-7990. Members of the Seminary community may register for the entire program at no cost, and will be responsible for their own lunch.
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