What is AWRC?
AWRC stands for Asian Women’s Resource Centre for Culture and Theology. It is an organisation of women and women’s organisations in Asia who are engaged in promoting Asian women’s theology.
It was conceived at the Asian Women Theologians’ Conference in Singapore in November 1987 by a group of women theologians who felt the need to form a community of Asian women engaged in theology and ministry and to encourage them to articulate Asian women’s contextual theology. AWRC was officially inaugurated in September 1988 in Hong Kong.
Woman is a seed, growing, flowering and blossoming. The seed symbolises the source of life and movement. Women come together from different parts of Asia, to be enriched by each other’s culture, to grow together and share responsibility in helping one another, and to do theology in our living contexts.
Asia is a multi-faceted region, rich with many resources: natural wealth, peoples, cultures, religions and philosophies. Yet, it has a long history of foreign domination and conquest, and is continuously gripped by new neo-colonialism under the guise of industrialisation and development. As a result there is gruesome poverty, injustice and suffering. In most cases, women suffer the most both in church and society.
Many Asian women question the pursuit of economic growth as a model of development because we see this model’s massive effects in environmental degradation, increasing poverty and gender inequality. Instead, we hold the vision of development that centres on the rights and needs of people and expresses the abiding values of social and gender justice. It is a vision of development that is environmentally sustainable based on the experiences of women engaged in the struggle for survival. It is holistic, empowering women for change and transformation.
We envision a community of women, men and children who are valued and value each other as equally created in the image of God; and who, together with the rest of God’s creation, relate with one another in mutual respect, care and responsibility. This new humanity is liberating, inclusive and celebrating.
To achieve this vision, we are committed to our struggle for freedom, justice, peace and equality in the world. We need to struggle for change and liberation within the church and the larger society. On the one hand, we strive to be in solidarity with women in struggle who are most oppressed because of class, race and gender. On the other hand, we strive to liberate our churches from the sexist and patriarchal ways of its worship and witness, mission and theology, doctrines and structures.
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Women and women’s organisations in Asia, who are actively engaged in doing Asian women’s theology are invited to join as full/affiliate members. Associate membership is open to women and women’s organisations outside Asia. Committed to seeking a model of equal and just partnership with men, men and other organisations who are committed to similar visions are welcome as fraternal members.
In our effort to support and strengthen women engaged in theology and ministry in Asia, AWRC also works in close cooperation with sister ecumenical organisations like CCA, World Student Christian Federation Asia-Pacific Region and the Asian Church Women’s Conference, just to name a few.… membership fees
AWRC strives to practice collective and shared leadership within our organisation as part of our critique of the dominant patriarchal leadership patterns. We strive to search for and live out alternative patterns both in our theology and praxis.
A small group of women, each representing the five sub-regions of Asia, constitutes the Coordinating Team Members (CTM) – an Advisory & governing committe that meets once a year. During the period between CTM meetings, a Working Group consisting of 3 CTM ensures that the AWRC work is carried out. The executive secretary is called Coordinator.
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