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Theological Perspective on Mutual Solidarity in the Context of Globalization: The Circle's Experience

Elizabeth Amoah

in The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theology

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199273881
Published online January 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199273881.003.0011

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Theological Perspective on Mutual Solidarity in the Context of Globalization: The Circle's Experience

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Given the complexity of the West African sub-region and the fact that there are several theologies by African women, some of whom do not identify themselves as feminists, a contribution to the exploration of feminist theology from a West African perspective is not an easy and simple task. In order to deal with such a problem, this chapter focuses on the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians (Circle). From an initial membership of about seventy women, the Circle's membership has increased to about four hundred women. A particular view of feminist theology from a West African perspective is presented. Basically, it is a theological reflection on the urgent need to seek ways of networking and working together as people of faith and hope. It is a search through our faith traditions for viable ways of working together for the common good as women from diverse religious, social, and ideological contexts in a world that has been affected by globalization. The underlying assumption here is that if we carefully search through such traditions, we realize that, depending on how we re-read and interpret information, there are still some good resources which we can tap for our search for viable networking, despite our inevitable commonalities and differences. This has been one of the goals of the Circle set in pluralistic contexts.

Keywords: West Africa; African Women Theologians; feminist theology; networking

Article.  5615 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Philosophy of Religion ; Comparative Religion

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