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    Call For Papers
    “Transforming Faith Communities into Safe Space: Conversations on Gender, Health, Religion, Culture and Empire”

    Date: 17-21 April 2013 Location: Kempton park, South Africa

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    19th April Circle meeting in Johannesburg

    The Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians invites you to a morning of Conversation and introduction to The Circle In the company of with other women of faith Christian, Muslim (Najma Khota) and Jewish (Rabbi Juliaa Margolios)



    29th March 2016 GREETINGS AND UPDATE ON CIRCLE ISSUES

    The Circle is rising up! This is the good news that I would like to share with you dear sisters. Many of you have expressed concern about the status of the Circle. Thanks for your support and prayers, things are moving at last!

    As some of the sisters are aware, the Circle Executive Committee (ExCom) participated in a Seminar at the University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa. The title of the theme of the Seminar was ‘The Legacy of African Women Circle Theologians’. It took place on the 4th-7th November, 2015. The other objective behind the Circle Ex Com’s convening at UNISA was also to enable us to hold our first official face-to-face meeting with a view to charting the way forward. Since their election into office in August 2013, the Circle ExCom faced many challenges and it was apparent that a meeting was urgent to push the Circle forward. We are grateful to DrFulata Moyo, the previous Circle General Co-coordinator for organizing two teleconferences for us prior to this meeting in Pretoria.

    The Pretoria meeting was the initiative of our sister, Prof Madipoane Masenya on whose shoulders we have been standing. Majorly, the funding for us to attend this Seminar was from the College of Human Sciences and the Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies at the University of South Africa (UNISA). To Aunty Anne we are very grateful.

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    5th MAY 2016 One Day Conference on Gender and Resistance

    The Stellenbosch University and the University of Western Cape Chapter of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians invites female (as well as men who share in the Circle’s goals) pastors, theologians and students in the area to participate in a conference on the theme of Gender and Resistance that will be held 5 May, 2016 in the Chapel of the Theological Faculty of Stellenbosch University. In both of our institutions, the theme of resistance has been an existential reality with 2015 that will go down in history as the year of student protests. What started with #RhodesMustFall and Open Stellenbosch, culminated in the #FeesMustFall and #EndOutsourcing movements that since October 2015 have been demanding free education on campuses all around the country in addition to fair working conditions for university workers. On some campuses, including University of Western Cape, exams were disrupted and protests turned violent with extensive damage to property.

    During this one day conference, we will contemplate the question of the nature and the significance of Gender and Resistance. What role do feminist concerns play in the current culture of protest that will likely be with us for the time being? What biblical and theological resources are there to help us in this quest for justice and recognition that has been central to many of the protest movements on our respective campuses? What does the history of resistance movements in South Africa particularly as it relates to Gender have to teach us today as we are facing a whole new set of challenges in working toward a just and fair society?

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    Click here to download the program for the Circle conference in Stellenbosch



    11th – 15th JULY 2016 THIRD JOINT CONFERENCE OF THEOLOGY AND RELIGION

    University of Pretoria

    Call for papers The Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians

    General Theme: Faith and South African Realities

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    Conference program for the seminar on the Circle that took place at Unisa in November last year


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    FIFTH PAN-AFRICAN MEETING OF THE CIRCLE OF CONCERNED AFRICAN WOMEN THEOLOGIANS, KEMPTON PARK, SOUTH AFRICA

    Dates: 7-11 August, 2013

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    Dear Sisters,

    Good morning from a snowy Eisenach here in Germany. Some or most of you might have become concerned that there was kind of a communication breakdown regarding the forthcoming pan-African meeting. Attached kindly find the letter from the general coordinator (on behalf of the Circle ExCom) about the postponement of the meeting to the beginning of August. We regret the inconvenience caused by the change of dates, even as we still hope that many if not all of the participants whose abstracts have been accepted, will still make it to this important meeting. Kindly also note the new submission date (APRIL 30) for those of you who have not yet sent their full papers. For those of you who will be sponsored by the Circle, kindly go ahead and send your passport pages (if you have not done so) so that the process of purchasing air tickets can commence as soon as we are able to do so. In due course, we will also connect all the participants who have submitted their full papers.

    We still look forward to welcoming you all to South Africa in a critical month in South African women's herstory, the month of August.

    To read more you can download the pdf by clicking here

    Grace and Courage
    Madipoane (the host regional coordinator)



    Dear aunty Banke as I loved calling you.
    You were always there for me
    You were the big sister I never had
    I could call on you anytime of the day or night and
    you will pick my call and you will say “Kunbi se ko si” – “Kunbi I hope no problem’
    From you I learnt the virtue call Patience
    Now I say to myself who will calm me down when “my volcano decides to erupt”
    You always know the right words to say to me.
    You were an encourager, a source of inspiration.
    I will miss you so, so much but I know you are resting in the bosom of the lord
    And like Kunbi Olasope said to me, that I have the onerous responsibility of never letting you down in all I am going to be embarking on from now on (I pray great grace from the Lord Almighty for that).
    Odaro aunti mii- Goodnight my aunty
    Kunbi Labeodan



    HONOURING THE LIFE OF DORCAS OLUBANKE-AKINTUNDE:

    Dorcas, our sister—we learnt about your sudden departure from among us with great shock and deep sadness. You were taken away from us at the time when your life was in its full blossom. As we celebrate your life, we are reminded of the mark that you have made in the history of the Circle of African Women Theologians. While your participation in the Circle has a long history, it was from 2002 to 2007 that you made your biggest contribution to the leadership of the Circle. It was in September 2002 in Addis Ababa that we embraced you as the coordinator of the Anglophone Circle and significant member of the Continental Executive Committee of the Circle. You inspired us with your calm spirit and very active leadership style. During your term of Circle leadership, it did not take long for you to organize the Anglophone Circle into a working movement with regular meetings. Is it any wonder that it achieved the Circle’s goal of researching and publishing articles and books in support of women struggling for a just life in the religions and cultures of Africa?

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    Dear aunty Banke as I loved calling you.
    You were always there for me
    You were the big sister I never had
    I could call on you anytime of the day or night and
    you will pick my call and you will say “Kunbi se ko si” – “Kunbi I hope no problem’
    From you I learnt the virtue call Patience
    Now I say to myself who will calm me down when “my volcano decides to erupt”
    You always know the right words to say to me.
    You were an encourager, a source of inspiration.
    I will miss you so, so much but I know you are resting in the bosom of the lord
    And like Kunbi Olasope said to me, that I have the onerous responsibility of never letting you down in all I am going to be embarking on from now on (I pray great grace from the Lord Almighty for that).
    Odaro aunti mii- Goodnight my aunty
    Kunbi Labeodan



    Dorcas my friend is no more
    I Have learnt this with much shock. She was my inspiration during my research. I will miss her greatly, Please convey my heartfelt condolenses and prayers to her family.

    Rachel NyaGondwe Fiedler, Malawi


    Dear Dorcas
    Knowing you was a joy working with you was pleasure. I remember with fond memories your passion and zeal for the circle and each email was full of encouragement and hope. It is those memories that the St. Paul’s chapter will continue to cherish. Rest in peace our sister, rest in peace.

    Esther Mombo
    ST. Paul’s Limuru chapter.
    Kenya.



    I Remember : A Tribute to Dorcas

    My Beloved DORCAS,

    I Remember that beautiful morning,
    When with smiles, you received me at the University of Ibadan’s parking lot,
    Within minutes, to your office and colleagues, I was introduced,

    I Remember that warm hospitality you offered,
    Sister in academia
    Sister in faith
    Sister in the struggle for the affirmation of Women’s Rights
    Yes, the affirmation of human rights!

    I Remember the recent glorious news of your elevation:
    Reader(Associate Professor)!
    Head of Department!
    Research fellow at Unisa!

    I Remember your Servant Leadership when
    you Sister were secretary of the Circle Anglophone Region,

    I Remember your love, care, support and commitment,
    To your Sisters and Brothers , Oh Sister!

    This Morning, your body will go back to Mother Earth (΄adam to ΄adema)
    However, Earth will never take away
    My MEMORIES for you
    GOOD BYE!

    From Madipoane Masenya (ngwan’a Mphahlele), University of South Africa, South Africa, 1 April, 2011





    Mission Statement :


    To undertake research and publish theological literature written by African women with special focus on religion and culture.

    The Circle is the space for women from Africa to do communal theology. Musa Dube, one of the Circle theologians, asserts that "... a circle of women describes those who are seated together, who are connected and who seek to keep the interconnectedness of life" (Dube 2001:11)

    The Circle members are women who are rooted in Islam, Christianity, Judaism and African Indigenous Religions. They are indigenous African women and also African women of Asiatic and European origins. These concerned women are engaged in theological dialogue of the cultures, religions, sacred writings and oral stories that shape the African context and define the women of this continent. The Circle members attempt to reflect together onjustice across boundaries of gender, faith and belief.



    What is The Future of The Circle :

    The Circle keeps growing in number and in the depth of our analysis. Today, we are not only larger and more experienced but we are also more visible, recognized and respected in international ecumenical circles and among other theologians. We are seen as a voice for women whose voices would not otherwise be heard. With our growing influence comes increased responsibility. People now look to the Circle for more in-depth and practical involvement in the life of communities.

    The Circle women are being challenged not only to respond to the dearth of theological literature from African women but also to play a significant role in helping to create and sustain viable communities of women and men in the church and in society in Africa. Can we shift so soon in our short history?

    We will have to increase our efforts to promote research. We will have to continue to promote cooperation across religious and gender borders. Affirming religious pluralism allows the Circle women an opportunity to explore questions of the well being of women writing in the context of African cultures, which give context to various faiths.

    Our hope is that in the process of dialogue we shall come to know one another better and, thus, not only affirm the need for justice and human dignity for all women and all people but also, more importantly, to be lead agents in creating such justice.

    Through participating in face to face in research, educating each other on forms of worship and the dogma of our faiths, we have managed to be agents of justice to each other. Here we compare notes and listen to each other's stories of living hopefully in a violent world. We share our pain and tears for the continued oppression that we find inherent in our religions as well as our cultures.

    We rejoice that our passion for justice is being awakened despite the barriers that continue to keep us in "our place". We are learning to value each other's writings and to realize that we owe ourselves the power to change. Our ecumenical encounter prompts us to take our African identity very seriously, as it is the basis for our unity. We seek to deepen our commitment to the future of our people, especially the girls and women of Africa living in the context of so much that is painful and death-causing.



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