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This session addresses these basic questions: What are we actually doing when we read Scripture and/or accept the interpretations of Scripture from others? How can the study of literature and critical literary approaches help support or inform the way we read Scripture? How does the way we read Scripture shape our views about gender roles and gender equity?  
How can you make effective, systemic change without getting burned out? What makes a CBE chapter influential and enduring? In this session, we’ll discuss the basics of strategic planning, including key aspects of leadership development and how to perform a SWOT analysis. We’ll also cover requirements for CBE chapters and helpful suggestions for making your chapter grow and thrive. If you are a chapter leader, are looking to start a chapter, or want to create systemic change in the way your church or community addresses gender, this workshop is especially for you.
Too often the patriarchy of Bible culture has been confused with the moral teachings of Scripture. This workshop will explore how Christians working to end slavery challenged power, dominance, and self-interest in interpreting Scripture so that the church might become more effective agents of reconciliation in the world. What might egalitarians today learn from the interpretative methods of the abolitionists in their work as agents of gender justice?
Esther Mombo
The church in Africa has not been able to name and shame sexual harassment and abuse in society in general or in Christian families specifically. The silence has led to untold misery for sexual harassment survivors. In order for the church to remain credible in society, it must name and challenge sexual harassment, and must offer safe places for survivors of the same to find healing and wholeness. This session will analyze reasons for sexual harassment, examine why the church has largely remained silent, and bring to the forefront biblical teaching to address sexual harassment and abuse.
The Bible presents a three-part story of human relationship with God and with each other. This story reveals that both man and woman were created equally in the image of God to fulfill an ideal—a “one flesh,” “naked and not ashamed” relationship. That was the crowning act of creation. The second part of the story recounts our fall from grace and the loss of the fearless love for which God created us. The final chapter of the story finds us redeemed, restored to wholeness with God and with each other, a new man and new woman, restored to new life in Christ.
In many marriages, especially in Africa, men use their traditional social status as bread winners and heads of their families to intimidate their wives into submission. Often, men can have employment that boosts them economically, but women are limited to kitchen and home duty. There has to be a deeper and more aggressive intervention from Christian scholars and leaders in addressing this issue by viewing women as equal to serve with men in both the church and society. This session will seek to transform our worldview through biblical teaching, help us embrace new ideas, and redefine our boundaries of operation.
Jenipha Wasonga
This recording examines the attitudes that negate God’s purpose for marriage often in the form of religious restriction on women in the home, church, and society. It then outlines the purpose, place, and sanctity of marriage, and shows how marriage relationships can be improved through mutual submission despite storms worsened by socio-economic situations.
This recording examines the twelve pillars most often adduced as biblical support for male hierarchy in the church and in the home. It shows that statements in the Bible adduced for this do not, in fact, support male hierarchy. To the contrary, they rather provide evidence for the equal standing and authority of man and woman. It surveys the exegetical, theological, and practical foundations for the equal standing of men and women in the church and in marriage. It shows that the weight of the scriptural data should lead those with a high view of Scripture to welcome women in ministry and church leadership.
Richard Howell
The Bible teaches equality and essential dignity of men and women of all ethnicities, ages, and classes, as all are created in the image and likeness of God. Since the church is called to be salt and light in the context in which we live, it is essential that the church recognizes and promotes the biblical understanding that leadership and service is based on the gifting of the Holy Spirit. The revelation of Triune God is the foundation of mutuality.