—March 6 symposium will feature speakers Mrs. Monique Misenga Mukuna, president of Femme Berceau de l’Abondance in Congo and the Reverend Dr. Naymbura Njoroge, project coordinator for the Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiative of the World Council of Churches— 

Princeton, NJ, February 25, 2014–Princeton Theological Seminary will present a symposium on African Women Extraordinaire on Thursday, March 6 in the Daniel J. Theron Room in the Princeton Theological Seminary Library (Library Place and Mercer Street) and Continuing Education’s Erdman Center, 20 Library Place in Princeton. Planned in conjunction monique misenga mukuna press releasewith the students of the “Women in African Christianity” course at Princeton Seminary, taught by Professor Elsie Anne McKee, who was born and raised in Congo, this program invites all participants to consider the significant and varied roles women have played in sub-Saharan Christianity in the 20th and early 21st centuries.

The one-day symposium will provide the opportunity to listen and enter in conversation with African women Christian leaders committed to the work of women development and health. The cost for the symposium is $50 per person and $25 for non-Princeton Seminary students.   

Co-leaders of the event are Mrs. Monique Misenga Mukuna, president of Femme Berceau de l’Abondance (Woman, Cradle of Abundance), an ecumenical Christian group of women gathered in response to the systemic poverty and violence against women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Reverend Dr. Nyambura Njoroge (Princeton Seminary alumna Class of 1992), project coordinator for the Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiative of the World Council of Churches. The symposium will also feature panelists the Reverend Muriel Burrows, pastor of Witherspoon Presbyterian Church in Princeton, nyambura njoroge press releaseand Princeton Seminary’s Elsie Anne McKee, the Archibald Alexander Professor of Reformation Studies and the History of Worship. Born and reared in Kananga, Democratic Republic of Congo, McKee is also the international liaison and president of Women, Cradle of Abundance, a North American-based organization that promotes the work and ministry of Femme Berceau de l’Abondance.                          

The 9:15 a.m. lecture by Njoroge, held in the Daniel J. Theron Room, Princeton Theological Seminary Library, and the 1:00 p.m. lecture by Mukuna, held in the Cooper Conference Room, Erdman Center, will be presented by Princeton Seminary’s History and Ecumenics Department as their spring lecture. This event is open to the public free of charge. 

Njoroge will speak on the topic “From the Womb to the Tomb: Women at the Frontline of Ecumenical HIV Response in Africa and Beyond!” Mukuna will speak on the topic “Congolese Women vs. Violence, Poverty, and HIV/AIDS: Woman, Cradle of Abundance and Its Work.”  

Click here for more information and to register for the symposium. For more information about the lectures, please contact Professor Elsie Anne McKee.

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