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The impact of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians: French zone on church and African theology issues

Anastasie M. Maponda
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 37, No 2 | a1597 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v37i2.1597 | © 2016 Anastasie M. Maponda | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 February 2016 | Published: 08 July 2016

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Anastasie M. Maponda, Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies, University of South Africa, South Africa


We can understand that the Circle must work on two dimensions to provide a future for new woman theology in Africa. The first dimension is based on the intuitive fundamental and innovative sense of a woman from Ghana, Mercy Amba Oduyoye, that leads to the creation of the Circle: she impulsed the idea that women should make their own theology from their dailylife experiences and their subjectivity as women, in order to think on faith and Gospel in a different way. It is necessary to question that intuitive sense. The second dimension aims to revisit the great personalities of African woman theologians of the Circle. What are the essential points of their research? How has the research changed African theology? I particularly think of Musimbi Kanyoro, Nyambura Njoroge and Musa Dubé in the Africa English zone and Helene Yinda, Liz Vuadi, Kasa Dovi and Bernadette Mbuyi Beya in Africa French zone. The essence of their thinking is still actual and that is why they are good enough to project in to the future.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: This article presents the history of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians from creation to now. Issues related to traditional culture, gender and sexual-based violence, gender-based injustice, and HIV and AIDS are discussed under different approaches such as the biblical approach, hermeneutical approach, ethical approach, historical approach and practical approach. The impact of African Women Theologians speaking French will be particularly highlighted.

Keywords: theology; women theologians; women empowerment; HIV/AIDS; gender


theology; women theologians; women empowerment; HIV/AIDS; gender


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