Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) October 26, 2016
Christians for Biblical Equality and St. Paul’s University (Limuru, Kenya) are pleased to announce a partnership that will equip South Sudanese women to be leaders in their churches and communities.
St. Paul’s Institute of Lifelong Learning and Leadership Development Center (SPILL & LDC) conducted a training for South Sudanese women this October in northern Uganda, where many from South Sudan are displaced due to violence in their own country. According to Rev. Dr. Zablon Mutongu, the director of SPILL & LDC, the training will equip women to “contribute gainfully in church and community leadership.” It will also introduce the perspective that women should be active partners with men in church and community leadership, recognizing that this is critical to the ultimate goal that “the church will be able to play a critical role in the peace negotiation processes and enable the church to carry on its mission” in war-torn South Sudan.
CBE is providing many of the educational materials that promote the leadership of women in the church. CBE’s president, Mimi Haddad, hailed the partnership as an example of the continuing impact of CBE’s work to articulate a Bible-based alternative to patriarchy.
“Across the globe, the lens of cultural patriarchy distorts Christians’ understanding of the Bible,” she said. “While it may look different in different places, this is true in every nation from the United States to China and from Finland to South Sudan. But Christian leaders around the world are working to remove the lens, recognizing that patriarchy is not a biblical ideal and that families, churches, and communities are stronger and experience greater peace and justice when women are full and equal participants in all positions of leadership and service. For 30 years, CBE has been making this case, both in the academy and in the broader Christian culture. Our vast collection of biblical materials makes us an ideal resource for leaders like Rev. Dr. Mutongu and St. Paul’s University, who are working to encourage churches and communities that flourish with the full inclusion of women.”
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.