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The crime of human trafficking is a human rights offense. Like trafficking in weapons or drugs, it is big business selling something that society has determined is harmful and should not be sold. This workshop explores pornography in the context of sex trafficking as a cycle of abuse driven by demand and fueled by greed. Sandra Morgan discusses how to redefine the frontline in a united battle for dignity and sacred spaces, and provides tools for all to do their part.
American women experience equality in a much different way than the women who are coming to us from other countries. This workshop compares the American woman's experience of equality to the experience of displaced women such as refugees, immigrants, and victims of trafficking, and shows how we can advocate for them even as we work toward our own equality.
As we pursue the goal of a thriving church where women and men serve on equal footing, it will be crucial for men to advocate for women as allies. If only this were easy to do! Using a fresh research model, this seminar will outline key steps that men can take in order to become champions for women in their contexts, with the goal of developing more men into more effective advocates. This seminar is open to both women and men.
Why are Christians who seek racial justice not standing with Christians seeking equality for women? Why do gender equity Christians often find themselves working in largely white circles? Why are progressive Christians locked in near perpetual disharmony with conservative believers? The hard news is that becoming Christian does not make us immune to bias and the tendency toward what for over two decades Ruben Rivera has called "the cultural captivity of Christ." This helps explain the explosion of “Christianities” in the world and expressions that have justified racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination and oppression. This seminar introduces participants to the surprising ways that even socially conscious Christians can be hindered by unconscious cultural captivity and ingroup influences, and contrasts this with what Rivera calls "remarkable Christianity."
Nilwona Nowlin
When pondering the nature or essence of being, we consider topics such as whether or not men and women are fundamentally different. However, in society and the church, this conversation has historically excluded women of color—particularly black women—who were often considered subhuman. Through a combination of storytelling and practical tools, participants will learn more about what it is like to be made in the image of God as a black woman in a society and Christian context that refuses to acknowledge that the imago Dei resides in her.
When it comes to empowering gifted and called female pastors and leaders, many males with privilege and power might first need to explore ways that the status quo that benefits men actually thwarts women. Applying established principles from the kingdom of God might sound obvious, but it's clear that men with power and privilege aren't applying them enough. Learn how this secret shame can be overcome so that more women are empowered in Christian settings.
Abraham George
As a change agent in the community, the body of Christ must come to an understanding of the biblical concept of the image of God. An understanding of humanity as the bearer of that image—regardless of any classification society or culture might impose—is intrinsic to the church’s engagement in seeking justice.
Esther Mombo
Some areas of sexual violence have been perpetuated by cultural practices like wife inheritance (a male relative inheriting his kinsman’s wife after he dies). While on the surface the church seemed to challenge cultural practices, this has not been the case with practices that have been sexual and which largely affect women. Wife inheritance and gender prejudice is a major contributing factor to the spread of HIV and AIDS. This session will seek to analyze reasons why the church has largely remained silent about the need for change and how biblical teaching against wife inheritance is needed. We will explore how the church can engage biblically with the issues of wife inheritance in general, and particularly, those that emanate from cultural heritage and deny the teaching of biblical equality.
Male and female are created in the image of God. As such, they are called to image, reflect, and embody the character of God. In the prophetic literature, we discover a God who desires, above all, justice within human relationships. Justice is present when men and women, wives and husbands, structure their relationships in home, church, and society in keeping with the divine intention for mutuality in the male-female relationship.