Mercy Amba Oduyoye’s Publications
African Women's Theologies, Spirituality and Healing
African women come from a long tradition as practitioners of healing. Drawing on this tradition and on her own pastoral and theological work, Mercy Amba Oduyoye, a distinguished Methodist theologian from Ghana, discusses the spirituality that undergirds Christian healing practices in Africa, with a special focus on diseases that predominantly affect women. Table of Contents 1. Background to the Focus on Women 2. Key Words 3. Main Sources 4. Health and Healing 5. Spirituality 6. Diagnosing the Sources of Diseases: Issues that Destroy Women’s Health 7. The Trauma of Trokosi 8. A Focus on Deliverance 9. The Circle and HIV/AIDS 10. Women as Healers and Care Givers 11. Summary and Reflections
Breaking the Master’s S.H.I.T.H.O.L.E
Biblical Studies and Ethics
HIV & AIDS + Health
Church, Church History & Missions
Circle, Circle History & Feminism
Mother Earth, Mother Africa & African Indigenous Religions
~ Nobuntu Penxa Matholeni
~ Georgina Kwanima Boateng
~ Molly Manyonganise
Africans embrace all of life, the humanity of each person, the world, and the creation of God. Consequently, African indigenous education reflects the completeness of life itself. The various chapters in this volume recount religious events and experiences from individual perspectives as they are unfolding on the continent. The different voices show how modernity, colonisation, urbanisation, Christianity, and technology have sidelined beliefs and practices of African traditional religions (ATRs) to the detriment of the environment. This volume brings together voices from leading proponents of ATRs and African religious heritage to help us appreciate how values are richly entrenched in African religious life. It demonstrates the detailed richness of ATRs and culture and showcases how far the academic study of ATRs in Africa has come, and calls for a concerted effort through partnership between various actors to ensure environmental sustainability.
Mother Earth, Mother Africa & Mission
CONTRIBUTIONS BY SEBLEWENGEL DANIEL, MMAPULA DIANA KEBANEILWE, ANGELINE SAVALA
The volume is significant in bringing together voices of African women theologians and their allies on the urgent topic of ecology. First, it decisively intervenes into scholarly discourses on ecofeminism by highlighting the reflections of African women scholars and African women as subjects. This function of the volume is very important both at local and global levels. Second, it contributes to contextualizing of scriptural interpretation around the issue of ecology. Biblical reflection occurs throughout the volume and is put into dialogue with African traditions, with ecofeminism, with Africa-based mission projects, and with the current crisis of sustainability and African women’s roles in protecting the earth. Third, the volume includes several concrete case studies based on interviews and grassroots qualitative research, as well as especially original articles that integrate biblical exegesis of Genesis with reflections on patriarchal legal systems in Botswana, and an original take on “male headship” in relation to ecofeminism. – Professor Dana L. Robert, Boston University, USA
Transgression and Transformation
EDITED BY L. JULIANA CLAASSENS, CHRISTL M. MAIER AND FUNLOLA O. OLOJEDE
This volume on feminist, postcolonial and queer biblical interpretation gathers perspectives from a global body of researchers; in offering innovative interpretations of key texts from the Hebrew Bible, both established and emerging biblical scholars consider the question of how commonplace interpretative practices may be considered to be transgressive in nature. Utilizing innovative strategies, they read against the grain of the text and in support of the marginalized, the subordinated or subaltern others both in the text and in our world today.
Valuing Lives, Healing Earth
EDITED BY THERESA A. YUGAR, SARAH E. ROBINSON, LILIAN DUBE AND TERESIA MBARI HINGA
Valuing Lives, Healing Earth: Religion, Gender, and Life on Earth analyzes and amplifies advocacy for gender and ecological justice in Asia, Africa, and the Americas, focusing on women who embody commitments to healing the earth and valuing lives rendered vulnerable by problematic social systems. The volume features essays from leading scholars Ivone Gebara (Brazil), Aruna Gnanadason (India), Rosemary Radford Ruether (U.S.), and Sylvia Marcos (Mexico) among renowned, established, and emerging scholars concerned with religion, environment, gender, and the many intersections between them in real life. The volume highlights scholarship on practical work by women globally, who labor toward greater justice for a diverse humanity and biodiverse nature, exerting collaborative solidarity, grounded love, and realistic hope for the future.