The 9th Biennial Conference of the Ecclesia of Women in Asia sends out this Call for Papers on the theme: Displacement and Disqualification: Its Surfaces and Silhouettes
Introduction Facilitator: Good morning everyone! We are gathered together at this moment to pray with one another at the beginning of our conference. Our theme for our opening prayer ritual is “Take and Eat” We will be reading from the Book of Lamentations which expresses a very difficult situation for women and children during the … Continue reading Opening Prayer Ritual: Take and Eat (EWA 8)
Abstract of the paper by Sr. Silvina Espanueva Tejares, Philippines The small Christian communities in thediocese of Antique are mostly led by women. Despite the obvious patriarchy in the Church and the discrimination there is against feminine leadership, our Antiquena leaders continue to get hold of the helm and their ministerial contributions cannot be watered down. … Continue reading The Antiquenas Sexual Leaders
Abstract of the paper by Nila Bermisa, Philippines The recent events of sexual abuse within the Church publicized by the news media have rocked the Catholic Church both as an institution and as a faith community. The fact that this topic has dominated the headlines worldwide highlights the extent of the sexual abuse in the Church … Continue reading Facing the Reality of Clergy Sexual Misconduct in the Church: A Step Toward Justice and Healing
Abstract of the Paper by Astrid Lobo Gajiwala, India Jesus’ call to “Do this in memory of me”, is re-lived by women all over the world as they give off their bodies in the Eucharistic ritual of birthing and nurturing their young. Dying to one’s self so that another may have life in a process that … Continue reading The Passion of the Womb: Women Re-living the Eucharist
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
After the morning liturgy, during which the participants acted out and meditated on woman's life-giving menstral cycle (Link to the morning liturgy) Evelyn Monteiro opened the day’s session by talking about the significance of the EWA I 2002 banner and how it had been put together. According to Sr. Evelyn, each EWA 1 participant brought a triangle of handwoven cloth from her home-country and attached this to the shapes of women holding hands around the globe. The banner had been brought to EWA from Taiwan, where it had been in the custody of Continuity Committee Member, Sr. Antoinette Gutzler.