Asian Women's Resource Centre

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India focus planning: Think-Tank Meeting

India Think Tank Meeting
9 May 2015 - 9 May 2015, Chennai, India

Specific purpose for the Think-Tank meeting:

AWRC, in each country we make our home in, finds allies and partners in that country to network/partner with to strengthen the feminist perspective vis a vis culture and theology. In this effort, as AWRC, starts out on its journey in India, this meeting is to hear from those who are actively involved in justice concerns in various spheres (not only theological), about what are the lacunae or needs that an organization like AWRC can help address in India. We do not want to duplicate work already being done by NGOs/ church organizations/ women’s groups, but we would like to see what concerns we can direct our energies towards in the next 3-4 year time-frame. AWRC Coordinator, will carry some of the suggestions for direction from this group to the Coordinating Team Members (CTM) of AWRC for us to decide on and prioritise the directions we would like to expend our energies on. This Think-tank meeting is to aid this collation of ideas that will inform AWRC’s program focus in the next few years.

As the name suggests, this meeting of like-minded people is for us to be able to think together and brainstorm together, bringing to the table our specific contexts, experiences, struggles, and from this experiential basis draw out what we each feel are areas of need that AWRC could try to address in India.

Think Tank mtgSummary of Discussion:

– Creation of spaces for Young Women Doing Theology (YWDT) within India

– Need for a booklet: definitions from different groups within this LGBTQ – definition of these terms from their own perspectives/cultures; evidence based understanding from those identifying within these categories from a rights and identity perspective.

– Dialogue spaces for creation of new transformative language to speak of/ discuss theological terms/understandings

– Necessity for space to dialogue on “privilege”, how to “Deprivilege” ourselves, and challenge “privilege” without alienating self or other.

– Huge gap between the theological and the ecclesial understanding of Christian concepts/beliefs (For example belief practice or what such people understand as being part of the ‘church’ is very far from the theological understanding of ekklesia or the understanding of concepts like trinity within theological education) that needs to be explored. There needs to be dialogue between church congregations and theological fraternity. In this effort to bridge this gap: Could AWRC look at translation of IGI into vernacular (Telugu, Tamil, Hindi)