The inaugural ‘When Women Speak…’ colloquium took place on 24 – 26 September in Melbourne. At this academic conference, Christian women scholars presented six key papers, with two responses to each paper, on missiological thinking and practice in the field of Islam. It brought together 29 women from 16 different countries, including first- and second-generation Muslim background believers. CMS Australia was one of the organizational sponsors for this strategic event, together with Melbourne School of Theology, Interserve International and Interserve in Australia.
According to the organisers, “Women’s voices are severely limited in the development of missiological thinking and practice in the field of Islam. This means that most of our contemporary approaches to Islam are gender-blind, predominantly focused on men. ‘When Women Speak…’ provided an initial opportunity for women scholars in the field to share learning, encourage and support each other, and begin to develop and publish resources which will grow our understanding of how women within Islam can hear the Good News.”
At a colloquium dinner for invited guests at MST, The Vivienne Stacey Scholarship was launched. It aims to enable women from the Middle East, Africa and Asia to undertake higher studies in missiology and Islam. And at a training day at Ridley College following the colloquium, over 60 women and men, from every state in Australia, including Mentac trainees from Victoria and NSW, came to learn from the colloquium delegates.
Please pray that ‘When Women Speak…’ will help enable more effective gospel ministry to women from Muslim backgrounds. Please pray also that the network begun among the delegates will grow into broader networks of women in ministry in Muslim contexts, as well as for provision of scholarship funding and resources.
For more information, visit: www.whenwomenspeak.net