The Body, a Testimony to Discipleship (John 19:25-27)

Abstract of the paper by Mary Cecilia Claparols, In John 19:25, we find the “silent presence of women standing near the cross of Jesus,” a powerful testimony to the implications of discipleship using another language: the body. The Johannine Jesus: God’s Logos in the human body (sarx) manifests God’s living presence (doxa) among us. We … Continue reading The Body, a Testimony to Discipleship (John 19:25-27)

Bodily Representations of Hindu Goddesses, a Feminist Perspective

Abstract of the paper by A. Metti, India The cult of the mother goddess has an unbroken history in the Hindu religious ethos. If Brahman is fire, Sakti is its burning power. This energy or Sakti is ever pictured as female deity, as the consort of male deity. Four Hindu goddesses, consorts of male gods, … Continue reading Bodily Representations of Hindu Goddesses, a Feminist Perspective

India, the Land of the Kamasutra: Erotic Love and Christian Sexuality

Abstract: When we explore the theme of this year’s conference, namely “Body and Sexuality: theological-Pastoral Perspectives of Women in Asia” we bring into focus the particularities of culture and tradition. India today is a country of class and caste inequalities based on caste and sex discrimination. Women are victims both of caste and gender – … Continue reading India, the Land of the Kamasutra: Erotic Love and Christian Sexuality

Can God Wear High-Heels? A Conversation Toward a Better Understanding of God’s Nature

Abstract of the paper by Marilou Menezes, India/USA In Catholicism, apart from Mary, it is difficult to find an expression of the feminine that is on the same level of importance as the Trinity. While the Godhead is transcendent in quality and is the divinity that all of the faithful should be worshipping (in terms … Continue reading Can God Wear High-Heels? A Conversation Toward a Better Understanding of God’s Nature

Pauline Body in 1 Corinthians — a Metaphor of the Whole Human Being and the Christian Community

Abstract of the paper by Nozomi Miura, Japan The image of body runs through the First Epistle to the Corinthians, providing a coherent imagery throughout the letter. The basic problem that caused most of the Corinthian community's misunderstandings and deviations from genuine Christianity, derived from its Greek philosophical/religious context which distorted the original Judeo-Christian understanding … Continue reading Pauline Body in 1 Corinthians — a Metaphor of the Whole Human Being and the Christian Community

The Gender Identity of the Reader of Ezekiel Chapter 16 Does Matter

Ezekiel Chapter 16 presents the analogy of a nymphomaniac harlot to contrast the unfaithful Israel with the magnanimous love of God. If the chapter were to be made into a movie the explicit and graphic descriptions would probably place the production under the category of a restricted film for adults only if not pornography! Ezekiel … Continue reading The Gender Identity of the Reader of Ezekiel Chapter 16 Does Matter