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This session will explore differences in the way we communicate with male and female children and how these differences influence the way males and females learn to communicate with the opposite sex. We will examine the resulting difficulty men and women often experience in understanding each other and discuss ways we can avoid these destructive patterns. Based on empirical research, this session emphasizes that communication differences are a result of socialization, not to the oft cited idea that males and females originate on different planets or that we are different in our very essence.      
How do we engage men to “come along side” the gains made by women in our society, to become allies for change rather than opponents of change? Can we envision a common voice that includes men and women working together for a common goal of mutual well-being? Also, how do we create a safe and inviting environment to “come along side” men when the changes expected trigger insecurity and confusion? How does the Christian community ensure that men’s stories and experiences are given voice, and that a new paradigm of masculinity is given adequate attention and promotion to give men more clarity and hope?  
Domestic violence is the number one cause of injury to women ages 18 to 44. Research now supports that child witnesses of domestic violence suffer lifelong consequences to their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. Men who perpetrate abuse on their families hold a belief system that supports their actions. The consequences are literally and figuratively life threatening. In order to address violence, we need to understand the beliefs which underpin abuse. Our theology must address those beliefs and hold accountable those who abuse power.
In this workshop, Medad will be dealing with the deep rooted lies that have been planted and nurtured in the minds of many people in the African society for many generations that have led to the dehumanization of the female nature of being. Generational lies such as female genital mutilation, bride price, patriarchy, widow cleansing, widow inheritance, gender taboos, weaker sex ideology, male headship, submissiveness, property inheritance, polygamy, barrenness, single sex female philosophy, beast of burden ideology, promotion ideology, original sin legends, blame ideology, and other ideas that have brought injustice to women in Africa will be unearthed and how these ideas have had disastrous consequences on the African society and how they have affected African development. This workshop will suggest ways to demolish these disastrous ideas and how to promote justice in the African communities.
Domnic Misolo
Rev. Domnic Misolo is the founder and executive director of Ekklesia Foundation for Gender Education International (EFOGE), a non-profit organization in Kenya championing biblical equality, gender justice, and empowerment for women. Misolo is an ordained priest in the Anglican church of Kenya in the diocese of Bondo.
Masculine language permeates many worship experiences; in hymns, in liturgy, and even in Scripture. This lecture seeks to identify a balance: Concerning exclusive language, how much is too much? Concerning inclusive language, how far is too far? The recording also gives practical guidance on incorporating gender-inclusive language into corporate worship experiences.
Though gender equality has taken gigantic strides inside and outside of the churches in the past decades, there are yet increasingly many, many horrid stories of women and girls whose lives are severely broken by extreme abuses and exploitations beyond description.