Once again Asian Women’s Resource Centre for Culture and Theology (AWRC) is pleased to present the fourth module book themed Leadership, Power, Authority. This is the last in the series of “Modules on Asian Feminist Theologies”. It is a product of the AWRC workshop on feminist leadership held in 23 February – 1 March 2009. In the course of planning for the workshop and the module book, the planning group faced various problems arising from a long delay mainly due to some circumstantial factors.
First, the venue of the workshop had to be changed from Myanmar to Chiang Mai, Thailand in 2008 and finally to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2009 due to tense political situations. Second, the change of venue did not only mean a change in dates but also a reorganization of the entire workshop. Third, in light of these changes, everyone’s schedule and participation were also disrupted and upset. We had to invite several new participants and resource persons to replace a number of the original persons who could not join us. Lastly, in addition to all this, the moving of our AWRC office from Kuala Lumpur to Yogyakarta contributed to a further long delay in the final making of this Module Book 4.
I would like to echo that similar to the first three module books: (1) Introduction to Asian Feminist Theologies: Modules on Asian Feminist Theologies Book 1 (Kuala Lumpur: Asian Women’s Resource Centre for Culture and Theology, 2005); (2) Telling Her Story: Introduction to an Asian Feminist Re-reading of History: Modules on Asian Feminist Theologies Book 2 (Kuala Lumpur: Asian Women’s Resource Centre for Culture and Theology, 2007); and (3) Introduction to Asian Feminist Perspectives on Religions: Toward Interfaith Dialogue Book 3 (Kuala Lumpur: Asian Women’s Resource Centre for Culture and Theology, 2008), this fourth book is limited in scope and content to Asian Feminist Theologies. Our basic aim is to highlight how Asian women are doing feminist theologizing in the context of their respective socio-cultural-religious realities and particular communities where issues of leadership, power and authority are addressed, critiqued and analyzed.