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Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae

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Studia Hist. Ecc. vol.37 no.2 Pretoria Set. 2011

 

The birth and growth of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians in Malawi 1989 - 2011

 

 

Rachel NyaGondwe FiedlerI; JW HofmeyrII

IResearch Associate, Department of Church History and Polity, Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
IIExtraordinary Professor, Department of Church History and Polity, Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

 

 


ABSTRACT

Although two Continental Coordinators of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians (hereafter the Circle) are Malawians, the Malawi Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians had a slow start and has had limited growth. The Malawi Circle was started in 1990, a year after the official launch of the Africa-wide Circle in 1989. This article describes the contributions of the two Malawian Circle Continental Coordinators to the genesis and growth of the Malawi Circle and the contributions of the current Malawi Circle Coordinator. Since its inception, the Malawi Circle has been influenced either negatively or positively by various factors. This article indicates and evaluates some factors in terms of whether they have had a positive or negative impact on the development of the Circle. While the picture of the Malawi Circle shows a relatively dark past, there are opportunities through which the Malawi Circle can attain a brighter future.


 

 

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1 This article is based on the PhD thesis: "The Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians (1989-2007): History and theology" submitted at the Department of Church History and Polity, Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State in 2010 under the promotorship of Prof JW Hofmeyr.

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