Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) November 30, 2015
This November, Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE) received a $25,000 grant from the Crowell Trust to facilitate translations of CBE’s book Still Side by Side into six languages. This is the second grant CBE has received from the Crowell Trust, the first having been awarded in 2014. The 2014 grant also funded several translations of Still Side by Side, slated to be completed by the end of 2015.
“We are thrilled by the continued and expanding support CBE is receiving from funders like the Crowell Trust,” said CBE president, Dr. Mimi Haddad. “Their support is indicative of the recognition among global leaders of the importance and impact of CBE’s ongoing mission—to dismantle patriarchy as a biblical ideal. Those working to address systemic injustice around the globe are waking up to the role that patriarchal religious teachings play in justifying oppression. In response they are eager to work with CBE, one of the few organizations in the world devoted to addressing this exact problem.”
The translations of Still Side by Side supported by the Crowell Trust grant include Korean, Portuguese, Urdu, Finnish, Zulu, and Xhosa. The languages were chosen to maximize impact and leverage existing partnerships CBE has around the world, with a particular focus on South Africa, according to CBE’s development manager, Mary Lou Wiley. “With our 2016 conference on gender-based violence taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa, we are taking advantage of every opportunity to equip local Christians with the tools they’ll need to make biblical gender equality a reality in their communities. These translations will be supplemented by training sessions and additional resources contextualized for use in South Africa and elsewhere in Africa.”
Still Side by Side, written by Janet George and published by CBE in 2009, provides a basic overview of an egalitarian reading of the Bible. CBE expects the translations to be completed by the end of 2016.
In its effort to advance a biblical foundation for gift-based rather than gender-based ministry and service, CBE sponsors annual conferences, facilitates local chapters, hosts an online bookstore and publishes two award-winning journals. For more information, visit http://www.cbeinternational.org.