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Women join womanist theologians in Ghana

Under the theme "Hope is as Strong as a Woman's Arms," 40 African and African-American womanist theologians from Lutheran and other Christian, Muslim and other religious traditions met with leaders of nongovernmental organizations and others July 8-14 at the Talitha Qumi Center at Trinity Theological Seminary in Legon, Ghana.

The inaugural African and African Diasporic Women in Religion and Theology Conference brought participants together to address racism, sexism and issues of violence against women and girls of African descent. Participants discussed sex trafficking and practices such as female genital mutilation, and strategized about how womanist religious scholars can use resources and develop projects that respond to those issues.

Co-sponsored by the American Academy of Religion's womanist approaches to religion and society group and The Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians, the event was hosted by Mercy Oduyoye, founder of African feminist theology and director of the Talitha Qumi Center. The center houses the Institute of Women in Religion and Culture, which orchestrates and accompanies women's efforts toward gender justice and gender sensitivity.

Participants included Beverly Wallace, an ELCA pastor and assistant professor at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, and Judith Roberts, ELCA program director for racial justice ministries. Rosetta Ross, professor of religion at Spelman College and the spouse of Ron Bonner, pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Atonement in Atlanta, helped coordinate the event.


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