Linda Gehman Peachey, a writer and editor, along with Mary Anne Isaak, a Canadian Mennonite Brethren woman in church leadership, are coordinating a gathering of women theologians at Mennonite World Conference (MWC) Assembly in Harrisburg, PA next month, July 21-26. This North American gathering is being organized in conjunction with the efforts of the other continental groups and their vision for a global network of women theologians.
Please forward this invitation to women you think might be interested in joining this gathering of North American Mennonite and Brethren in Christ Women Theologians.
Space has been set aside each day for women theologians from each continent to gather for fellowship and networking at the Global Women’s Space (specific times to be determined closer to the date):
- Asian women: Tuesday, 7/21
- North American women: Wednesday, 7/22, 1:30-3:00 pm
- African women: Wednesday, 7/22, late afternoon
- Latin American and European women: Thursday, 7/23, afternoon
- All women: Friday, 7/24, 1:30-5:00pm
Below is some background information on the history and goals of these gatherings, as well as more information about the joint gathering to take place on Friday, 7/24 from 1:30-5:00pm.
If you are planning to attend MWC, we welcome your thoughts on this opportunity.
- Please let us know if you are interested in participating.
- Suggest topics for the group conversation.
- Share any other questions or suggestions for such a gathering.
The purpose of the Global Women’s Space is to facilitate women at MWC meeting and learning from each other. In Zimbabwe in 2003, the African Women Theologians (AWT) shared their story, and this inspired Latin American women to form their own Latin American Women Theologians Movement (MTAL). In Paraguay in 2009, the Latin American women held their first continental gathering and also included time with women of other continents.
The Global Women’s Space in Harrisburg in 2015 is a way for MWC to demonstrate its support for these movements, and also to gain important insights and feedback on how MWC can best support the global women’s movements in strengthening their presence in the different continents and in serving the needs of sisters in church leadership.
On Friday, July 24, 1:30 – 5:00, representatives from all continents will come together to discuss forming a Global Network of Women. The questions to be discussed there are:
1. Thinking about the women in your continent, what would be the most important objectives of a Global Network?
-Get to know each other
-Support each other
-Pray for each other
2. As groups (movements, networks, etc.) of women, what can we offer and ask of Mennonite World Conference?
3. What processes are underway to involve generations of young women?
4. What are the problems we have as women in our continent and how can we support