With Passion and Compassion: Third World Women Doing Theology : Reflections from the Women's Commission of the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians

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The Christ-Event from the
Viewpoint of African Women

I. A Catholic Perspective

Thérèse Souga ( Cameroun)


MY ACT OF FAITH

Jesus Christ means everything to me.

As an African woman, a Christian, one consecrated to the service of God in God's church and in the world, I believe in Jesus Christ: for me, Christ is the true Human, the one who makes it possible for all persons to reach fulfillment and to overcome the historic alienations weighing them down. For me, that faith entails unconditional adherence to the God revealed in Jesus Christ, the one whom God has "highly exalted above every name, so that at Jesus' name, every knee should bend, in the heavens, on earth, and under the earth, and every tongue should proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord in the glory of God the Father" (Phil. 2:9-11).

For me this unconditional belonging to the God of Jesus Christ means entering into the paschal mystery: it is a desire, growing deeper within me each day, to know Christ, to commune with his sufferings, to open myself to the power of his resurrection, to be open to the action of the Holy Spirit, who builds the church and the history of human beings. This is a matter of deep attitudes, and of motivations, and of operative meanings.

The realism of the cross every day tells me, as a woman of the Third World, that the laws of history can be overcome by means of crucified love.

Translated from French by Phillip Berryman.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword vii
  • Introduction ix
  • Part One - Africa 1
  • 1 - Church Women of Africa: a Theological Community 3
  • Notes 12
  • 2 - Women and Men Building Together the Church in Africa 14
  • Notes 21
  • 3 - The Christ-Event from the Viewpoint of African Women 22
  • 4 - The Christ for African Women 35
  • Notes 45
  • 5 - Women in the Bible 47
  • Notes 57
  • 6 - Final Statement 60
  • Part Two - Asia 67
  • 7 - Women's Oppression: a Sinful Situation 69
  • Notes 75
  • 8 - Emerging Spirituality of Asian Women 77
  • Notes 87
  • 9 - New Ways of Being Church 89
  • Notes 99
  • Notes 107
  • 10 - A Common Methodology for Diverse Christologies? 108
  • Notes 117
  • 11 - Final Statement: Asian Church Women Speak (manila, Philippines, Nov.21-30, 1985) 118
  • Part Three - Latin America 123
  • 12 - Women Doing Theology in Latin America 125
  • 13 - Women's Experience of God in Emerging Spirituality 135
  • 14 - Women's Participation in the Church 151
  • Notes 158
  • 15 - Feminist Theology as the Fruit of Passion and Compassion 165
  • Notes 171
  • 16 - Women's Rereading of the Bible 173
  • 17 - Final Statement: Latin American Conference on Theology from the Perspective of Women 181
  • 18 - Final Document: Intercontinental Women's Conference 184
  • Contributors 191
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