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Why celebrate International Women’s Day?
Many may ask ‘Why set aside a day for women? Isn’t that what Mothers’ Day is about?’ Or ‘Why not Men’s Day? Don’t men also deserve some recognition?’ To ...
Phenomenal woman
Without peace, there is no justice. Too often, we pursue justice at the expense of peace, and peace at the expense of justice. To conceive peace apart from ...
We cannot baptise violence
The 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence serve as a reminder to the world that such violence remains widespread. Women from diverse social, ...
South Sudan: the wounds
As the World Council of Churches pilgrim visit of justice and peace to South Sudan draws to a close, I’m struck by how several issues intersect and interact: ...
Different. Reality!
Several years ago, I went in search of food in a foreign country. Spring had just begun to show her face, and though the air was nippy, it was a beautiful day ...
My body, my sacred space
Many of us hate our bodies – bodies which do not match up to the media ideal; hating our bodies because of the liberties taken without our consent; hating ...
Troubled, but not destroyed: Pan African women in the Caribbean
I am Marjorie Lewis, immediate past President and the first woman to be appointed to the Presidency of the United Theological College of the West Indies ...
Now is the time for queenly leadership!
Sometime between 486 and 465 BCE, the Bible tells us, a disagreement arose between a husband and wife on the way the wife should be presented at a banquet. The ...
Taking a visible stand against gender-based violence in Uganda
Before I was born and as I grew up, there were many gender stereotypes that negatively affected women and girls. These included beating wives and not ...
Racism, sexism and the pyramid of discrimination
On 24th December 2018 I was on a long queue to the pay point in a supermarket in Malawi. It was a hot day. The lights went off. Everything was now processed ...
Those who hold seeds
Women are at the heart of agriculture, yet too often their core function is neither recognised nor supported. That message stood out to me in the annual ...
A year participating in #ThursdaysinBlack
This will be my last weekly posting of a news article from the past week related to violence against women and girls around the world. Following the 70th ...
More voices contributing a wider range of experiences
At the annual conference in Uniting Church in Sweden at the beginning of May, we decided to change the procedures in the annual conferences to consensus ...
Counting in the most vulnerable ones in Eritrea
When Finn Church Aid was invited to engage again in teacher education in Eritrea in 2014, we emphasized that our work is firmly rooted in two facts: we are ...
A dream across the barbed-wire fence
A little girl, barely four years old, crawls underneath a barbed-wire fence at the Serbian-Hungarian border. Her face is straight as she glances ahead, ...
Free as butterflies
I am a woman and I thank God for that every day of my life. But being a woman means living every day to meet the demands that society, family and our work ...
A good work begun - PAWEEN!
Recently I returned to my alma mater, Yale University Divinity School (YDS). In the taxi from the train station to the school, the driver expressed his ...
Beyond herself
She was asked to lead us in prayers for the people of the Balkans, especially Kosovo and Albania. Before praying, she shared a bit of her story. It was an ...
Keeping the faith and working for gender justice
The Bible is a constant source of encouragement, especially for the women in our West African churches. It helps us keeping the faith and continuing to work ...
Hungry for food, hungry for justice, hungry for peace
October 16 is the World Food Day, and from October 15 to October 21, we celebrate the Churches' Week of Action on Food. So it is an appropriate time to reflect ...
Love heals: it never hurts
Let us talk about Abuse and Love. Growing up as a child, I saw my mother being physically, emotionally, mentally abused by my father. She was beaten, violated, ...
A Pilgrimage from Thursday to Thursday
When first introduced to Thursdays in Black, it seemed like an “easy” thing to do. What could be simpler – wear black clothes on Thursdays and wear my pin to ...
A church that cares for its youth in the midst of HIV and AIDS
The old chapel of the United Evangelical Church "Anglican Community in Angola" in the neighborhood of Golf 1 in Luanda turned out to be quite small for the ...
Re-affirm the culture of peace through dialogue
Indonesia had been chosen as the third YATRA (Youth in Asia Training for Religious Amity) venue, as it represents a multi-cultural and multi-religious context ...
A harmful text on love?
“Yes, he abuses me, but you know, the Bible says I must bear all things” - “There are many signs that he is cheating and exposing me to HIV, but he says ...
The Resistance of Biblical women and the leadership of Mrs. Winnie Nomzamo Madikizela Mandela
When I was a young adult I visited the home of Mrs. Winnie Nomzamo Madikizela Mandela. I was blessed to meet her and a few of her family members. I also heard ...
Struggle for truth, justice, peace and reconciliation
My first contact with Dr. Vinie Burrows happened in 1983 while I worked as a volunteer pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church in “Hell’s Kitchen” in New York ...
Love: the very essence of God in our midst
As Christians we have been taught that the very essence of God is love. When asked by would be disciples, what is the greatest commandment, Jesus responded ...
A Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace in Korea: Exodus from division and nuclear threats
The summer in Korea is a lush and attractive season for vacationers. Yet it is far more than that. It is a period haunted by heavy historical memories. June 25 ...
Domestic helpers and stories of war
More than thirty local women as well as women from other Muslim-majority countries, including some from other faith communities, gathered in Kuala Lumpur, ...