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8:00 – 9:00 a.m.Registration Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER)
9:00 – 9:50 a.m.Opening Ceremony

Welcome by Chair of Local Organizing Committee – Rose Mary Amenga-Etego

Cultural Performance by Abibigoroma – School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana

Opening and Welcome by Provost – Daniel Ofori – College of Humanities, University of Ghana

Opening and Welcome by Conveners – Afe Adogame, Raimundo Barreto, Soojin Chung

Goodwill Message – Wazi Apoh – Dean School of Arts, University of Ghana

Orientation by Conference Secretariat – Felicity Apaah / Caitlin Barton

Cultural Performance by Abibigroma
Main Auditorium
10:00 – 11:20 a.m.GERALD H. ANDERSON LECTURE I
Kwok Pui Lan (Hong Kong/USA) || Paradigm Shifts in the Study of Women and Gender in World Christianity

Chair: Soojin Chung (Korea/USA)
Main Auditorium
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.Lunch
1:00–2:10 p.m.PAPER SESSION 1
Virtual: Gender and Church Leadership in Pentecostal and Neo-Pentecostalism
Chair: J Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu (Ghana)

*Oyeronke Olademo (Nigerian) || A Study of Men’s Roles In Churches/Ministries Founded By Women In Yorubaland, Nigeria

*Mangaliso Matshobane (South Africa) || Pastor’s Wives Succeeding Their Deceased Husbands in Independent Pentecostal Churches During Covid-19 Pandemic

*Olujobi Adeleke & Jude Akanbi (Nigeria) || Reimagining the ‘Deborah’ Portrait and Quest for Women’s Spiritual Authority in Selected Neo-Pentecostal Movements of Southwest Nigeria

*Solange Swiri Tumasang (Cameroon) || A Sociolinguistic Profile of Gender and Power Structures Within Selected New Pentecostal Churches in Cameroon
Main Auditorium
Virtual: Women, Wives, and Witnesses: The Role of Korean and Burmese Women in Asian Christianity
Chair: Thomas Hastings (USA)

*David Moe (Myanmar/USA) || Warriors, and Witnesses: The Role of Burmese Women in World Christianity Before and After the 2021 Coup

*Heekyung Jeong (Korea/Germany)|| Korean Women in a Challenging Theo-graphical Landscape

*Ngwa Cherry (Myanmar/USA ) || Gender and Democracy in Myanmar: Redefining the Role of Women through Political Transformation, Resulting in the Emergence of Equity within Religious and Cultural Communities
Breakout Room 1
Virtual: Theological Currents on Gender and Race
Chair: Sean Thomas(USA)

*Robbie Bendelius (USA) || Empress as Theologian, Theodora’s Impact on the Miaphysite Controversy in The Christian East and a Pluralistic Understanding of Medieval Orthodoxy

*Travis Williams (USA) || Suicidal Thoughts: Huey P. Newton, Biggie Smalls, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Black Male Life as a Theological Crisis

*Naomi François (Haiti/USA) || Mary and Martha as a Chiastic Parable

*Loreen Maseno (Kenya) || Women Theologians Gendering African Theology: The Case of Teresia Mbari Hinga
Breakout Room 2
Women and Missions I
Chair: Michele Sigg (USA)

*Naomi Thurston (USA) || Women Missionaries as Ethnographers and Chroniclers

*Terence Mupangwa (Zimbabwe) || Unveiling the Dynamics: Exploring Women’s Influence in the Schism of the Apostolic Faith Mission of Zimbabwe

Joshua Heikkila (US/Ghana)|| Empowering African Presbyterian Women for Mission: The Example of Rev Alice Kyei-Anti

Ini Dorcas Dah (Burkina Faso)|| Hidden Women Leaders in Christian Mission: Case Study of Ministry of Suzanna Yirilo in Northern Ghana
Breakout Room 3
2:10 – 2:30 p.m.Coffee Break
2:30 – 3:50 p.m.PAPER SESSION 2
Gender and Methodology in World Christianity
Chair: Aminta Arrington (USA)

*Kenneth Ofula (Kenya/UK) || Afua Kuma in Retrospect: Indigenous Methodologies in World Christianity

*Benson Igboin (Nigeria) || Mary Mark’s Gift to African and World Christianity Through the Eyes of Thomas Oden

*Itohan Idumwonyi (Nigeria/USA) || Crashed Reality? Revisiting Women (In)visibility and Gender Dynamics in World Christianity.

Gina Zurlo (USA) || Women in World Christianity: Global Perspectives on the Gendered Christian Participation Gap
Main Auditorium
Feminizing Catholicism
Chair: Deanna Womack (USA)

Anna Niedźwiedź (Poland) || Catholic Women in Ghana – Between Marginalization and Empowerment

Sean Thomas (USA) || The Hands of Christ are Female! A Comprehensive Empirical Examination of African Women and Catholic Development Initiatives

Kerry San Chirico (USA) || Mira and Her Sisters
Breakout Room 1
Gendered Exegetical Considerations
Chair: Stian Sorlie Eriksen (Norway)

Agnes Adeyeye & Tosin Abolaji (Nigeria) || The Salvific Role Of Women In The Old Testament: An Exegetical Study Of 1 Samuel 25:23-27

Ca-Asia Lane (USA) || An Organizational Leadership Response For Women in Leadership: An Analysis of Romans 16:1-16

Godibert Kelly Gharbin (Ghana) || Revisiting Women’s Role in World Christianity: A Narrative Analysis of John 4:1-42

*Micah Moenga (Kenya) || Rethinking Women’s Involvement in Ministry in the African Context: A Socio-Rhetorical Analysis of Galatians 3:28
Breakout Room 2
Women Negotiating Religious Spaces
Chair: Briana Wong (USA)

Niza Joy Santiago (Philippines) || Navigating Spaces Towards Women Ordination. A Case of the Convention of Philippine Baptist Church

*Lyndon Santos (Brazil) || Protestantism, Women and Gender in Brazil: The Experiences of Sarah Kalley, Rufina Mattos, Frida Vingren and Henriqueta Rosa

*James Kwateng-Yeboah & *Anita Ansah (Ghana) || The ‘Immigrant Religion’ Script: A Case of Ghanaian Christian Immigrant Women in the United States and Canada

*Yenny Delgado (Peru /USA)|| Women Doing Theology in Abya Yala : From a Womanist and Decolonial Perspectives
Breakout Room 3
4:00 – 4:30 p.m.PLENARY SESSION 1
Elizabeth Amoah (Ghana) || Revisiting the Teaching of Women and Gender in the University of Ghana: My Story
Chair: Rose Mary Amenga-Etego (Ghana)
Main Auditorium
4:30 – 6:20 p.m.PLENARY SESSION 2
Graduate Student Panel

Chair: Ruth Amwe (Nigeria/USA) & Haruna Mogtari (Ghana)
Main Auditorium
4:30 – 5:20 p.m. Graduate Student Panelists:

Lorraine Efua Eyison (Akrofi-Christaller Institute)
Maggie Finch (Asbury Theological Seminary)
Stephen Di Trolio (Princeton Theological Seminary)
Joseph Kwado Asuming (University of Ghana)
Haruna Yussif Mogtari (University of Ghana)
*John Mwangi (Laikipia University)
*Elorm Ama Stiles-Ocran (VID Specialized University)
5:20 – 5:30 p.m.Break
5:30 – 6:20 p.m.Graduate Student Panelists:

Morgan Crago (Boston University)
Ojo Joseph Rapheal (University Ghana)
Patricia Akpene (University Ghana)
Amelia Doddoo (University Ghana)
*Yenny Delgado (University of Lausanne)
*Kevin Grane (University of Denver / Iliff School of Theology)
*Shu Wan (University at Buffalo)
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8:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.PAPER SESSION 3
Engendering Pentecostalism I: Power and Leadership
Chair: Stephen Di Trolio (Costa Rica/USA)

J Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu (Ghana) || The Beauty, The Beast and the Pastor: Gender in Contemporary African Pentecostal Experiences and Discourses

*Francis Falako (Nigeria) || Daddy And Mummy G.O.: Nigerian Pentecostals And Power Balancing In A Patriarchal Context

Stian Sorlie Eriksen (Norway) || A Silent Gender Resolution? Gender and Leadership Among International/migrant Pentecostal-Charismatic Churches in Norway
Main Auditorium
Women and Interfaith Relations
Chair: Retief Müller (South Africa)

*Ben-Willie Kwaku Golo, Ernestine Novieto & Grace Adasi (Ghana) || Faith, Gender, and Career Wellbeing: Perceptions of Christian Female Early-Careers in Ghana’s Public Universities

*Effungani Salli (Cameroon) || Am I A Lesser Christain? The Demeanor Of The Church Towards Christian Women In Interfaith Marriage In Maroua, Cameroon

*Sam Bussey (United Kingdom) || Becoming a Living Sacrifice: Women’s Agency, Gender Dynamics and Hope in African Christianity

Patricia Tegbe-Agbo (Ghana) || Women and Interfaith Relations in Ghana
Breakout Room 1
Gender and Church Tradition
Chair: Okelloh Ogera (Kenya)

Henry Marcus Garba (Nigeria) || African Women Spirituality: An Examination of the Role of Women in Nigeria’s Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA)

*Elizabeth Anderson (USA) || The Decline and Rebirth of Women’s Monastic Communities in the Anglican Tradition

Edwin Buertey & Abraham Kwakye (Ghana) || Breaking the Iron Bars of Patriarchy in Christian Ministry: Life and Ministry of Rev Dora Ofori Owusu – Pioneer Woman Minister of the PCG
Breakout Room 2
Author-Meets-Critics Session: Alterity and the Evasion of Justice: Explorations of the “Other” in World Christianity. Fortress Press, Series World Christianity and Public Religion, vol. 5 edited by Deanna Womack and Raimundo Barreto (Augsburg Fortress Press, 2023)
Chair/Respondents: Deanna Womack (USA) & Raimundo Barreto (Brazil/USA)

*Ana Ester Padua Freire (Brazil)
Jay Paul Hinds (USA)
*Fulata Moyo (Malawi)
*Moses Biney (USA)
Breakout Room 3
10:00 – 11:20 a.m.PAPER SESSION 4
Revisiting Women and Gender in World Christianity: A Focus on African Women
Chair: Ca-Asia Lane (USA)

Damaris Parsitau (Kenya/USA) || Digital Voices or Digital Theologies: Young Christian Women in Kenya Contesting Religious Power, Authority and Agency on Social Media

Janice Mclean-Farrell (Jamaica/USA) || If it Wasn’t for a Woman: Revisiting the Legacy and Impact of Rev. Lurline May Larmond in the Church of the United Brethren Church in Christ in Jamaican and the African Diaspora

Telesia Musili (Kenya) || Embracing Womanhood in Sacred Spaces: In Pursuit of Agency Among Women in Nomiya Church

Ruth Amwe (Nigeria/USA) || Reading African Women’s Theology in Light of World Christianity: (Re)Centering Afua Kuma
Main Auditorium
Women and Missions II
Chair: Kerry San Chirico (USA)

Pascal Pienaar (South Africa) || Navigating Vocation: Utilizing Social Cognitive Career Theory in Historical Analysis of Women Missionaries by Means of a Case Study of Huguenot Seminary

Haruna Mogtari (Ghana) & Rose Mary Amenga-Etego (Ghana) || Zora Frances Greenway: The Missionary to the Fulani in Ghana

Xiaoli Yang (Australia) || “Revive, Sisters!”: Chinese Women in Ministry Through the Lens of the Canaan Hymns

*Manpreet Kaur (India/USA) || ‘(De)constructing the Traditional Indigenous Midwife [ dai ] in Colonial Punjab: Attempts by Women Medical Missionaries’
Breakout Room 1
Women and Christianity in Africa
Chair: Niza Joy Santiago (Philippines)

Michele Sigg (USA) || For Generations to Come: Writing the Stories of Women into the History of African Christianity

Okelloh Ogera (Kenya) || Female Fraternities as the Essence of African Christianity: Case Studies from Kenya

Osaisonor Ekhator-Obogie (Nigeria) & *Itohan Idumwonyi (Nigeria) || Women and the Development of Christianity in Nigeria, 1902 – 2020

Grace Adasi & Abena Kyere (Ghana) || Do Women Still Matter? Interrogating the Continual Significance of Women to the Renewal of the Church in Africa: A Case of Three Ghanaian Prophetesses.
Breakout Room 2
Feminist and Womanist Decolonial Theologies and Theologians
Chair: Anna Niedźwiedź (Poland)

Aminta Arrington (USA) || The Centrality of the Oppressed: Reading the Bible with Elsa Tamez

Frederique Ndatirwa (Canada) || Unstoried: Toward a Decolonial Theology of Moral Injury

Joseph Soko (Zambia) || Women In World Christianity: Pioneers In Decolonizing Biblical Interpretation, A Case of Alice Lenshina and the Lump Mission Church

Toya Richards (USA) || WomanistCare and SisTheology: A Divine Movement by Black Women to Care for Themselves and Each Other in Community
Breakout Room 3
11:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.GERALD H. ANDERSON LECTURE II
*Ivone Gebara (Brazil)|| A Lenta Destruição Dos Templos Patriarcais No Interior da ‘Boa Nova’ das Mulheres/The Slow Destruction of the Patriarchal Temples in the “Good News” of Women

Translated by *Guilherme Brasil de Souza (Brazil/USA)

Chair: Raimundo Barreto (Brazil/USA)
Main Auditorium
12:50-1:50 p.m.Lunch
2:00 – 3:20 p.m.PAPER SESSION 5
Author-Meets-Critics Session: Crashed Realities? Gender Dynamics in Nigerian Pentecostalism by Itohan Idumwonyi
Chair: Ruth Amwe (Nigeria/USA)

Ekhator Osaisonor Godfrey (Nigeria)
Janice McLean-Farrell (Jamaica/USA)
Telesia Kathini Musili (Kenya)
Carine Amo-Nyampong (Ghana)

Respondent: *Itohan Idumwonyi (Nigeria/USA)
Main Auditorium
Virtual: Politics and Religion in Brazil and Christian Nationalism
Chair: João B. Chaves (USA/Brazil)

*Guilherme Brasil de Souza (Brazil/USA) || The Rise of An Ultramontane Concept of Religion in Brazil

*Jorge William Falcão Junior (Brazil) || What to do with Adulterers? Presbyterian Suggestions to the Authorities of the Empire of Brazil (1864-1867)

*Wanderley Pereira de Rosa (Brazil) || Proto-Charismatism in Brazilian Protestantism: The Case of Miguel Vieira Ferreira and the Brazilian Evangelical Church

*Kevin Grane (USA) || Disease or Defense? Learning to See Past the Moral Repugnance of White Christian Nationalism
Breakout Room 1
Virtual: Gender and Agency in African Christianity
Chair: Grace Adasi (Ghana)

*Priccilar Vengesai & Tobias Marevesa (Zimbabwe) || African Initiated Churches and Gender Equality: Interpreting the Concept of Wife Submission in the Context of Marital Equality in Zimbabwe

*Kumo Ruphus Numfor (Cameroon) || Degrading Widowhood Rituals and Practices in Some Communities of the Northwest Region of Cameroon: The Cry of the Women and the Silence of the Churches

*Samuel Ajose (Nigeria) || Gendering Soundscape in Nigerian Christianity: CAC Good Women Choir in Perspective

*Exradallenum Olusegun Akinsanya (Nigeria) || Feminity Coloration of African Prayer Mountains
Breakout Room 2
Perspectives from Asia I: Woman and Womanhood in Korea
Chair: Jesudas Athyal (India/USA)

Soojin Chung (South Korea/USA) || Woman’s Work for Woman: The Controversial Role of Female Missionaries in Korea, 1885–1945

*Shalon Park (South Korea) || Performing Sacraments: Three Stories of Korean Celibate Women

Rachel Crilley (USA/ Korea) || Formation of Ideal Christian Womanhood in Korea and the United States: Case Study of Lillias Horton Underwood

Eunjin Jeon & Byung Ho Choi (South Korea/USA) || Beyond the Glass Ceiling: Migration of Female Pastors within the Korean Protestant Church
Breakout Room 3
3:20 – 3:40 p.m.Coffee Break
3:50 – 4:50 p.m.PLENARY SESSION 3
Author-Meets-Critics Session: Joel Cabrita, Written Out: The Silencing of Regina Gelana Twala (2023)

Chair: Afe Adogame (Nigeria/United Kingdom)

Janice McLean-Farrell (Jamaica/USA)
Damaris Parsitau (Kenya/USA)
*Amidu Elabo (Nigeria/USA)
Telesia Kathini Musili (Kenya)
Felicity Apaah (Ghana)
Kenneth Ofula (Kenya/UK)

Respondent: *Joel Cabrita (USA)
Main Auditorium
5:00 – 6:20 p.m.PAPER SESSION 6
Gendered Bodies and Peacebuilding
Chair: Easten Law (USA)

Joseph Evans & Ngoc Nguyen (USA) || Women as Religious Peacebuilders in Asia: Historical Examples that Contradict Prevailing Cultural Assumptions

Joseph Kwadwo Asuming (Ghana) || Religion and Peacebuilding Initiatives in Ghana’s Fourth Republic

*Wanjiku J. Mwangi (Kenya) || Interrogating the Pattern of Inclusion, Exclusion and Consequences for Women – The Case of “The Code of Conduct for the Church in Kenya” by Hesabika Trust

Main Auditorium
Negotiating Gender and Sexuality
Chair: Klaus Koschorke (Germany)

*Nathália Sousa Martins & Tânia Oliveira (Brazil) || Gender And Sexuality At School, Where To Start?

David Smith (USA) || ‘Nothing Manly in Him…’ Hegemonic Masculinities, Asymmetrical Dependencies, and the Early Penitentials

*Joseph Hachintu (Zambia) || Equal Yet at Variant: The Voice of Women on their Status in a Gendered Worship Space in Kabwe Urban, Zambia
Breakout Room 1
Gender and Agency in African and African American Politics and Spirituality
Chair: Godfred Nsiah (Ghana)

*Moses Moore (USA) || The Women of The Back to Africa Movement

Maggie Finch (USA) || The Wives of the Civil Rights Movement: Coretta Scott King and Betty Shabazz’s Friendship and Activism

Benjamin Doe (Ghana) || Women Agency In Church And Civil Society-The Case Of St. Catherine Senior High School, Agbakope-Ghana

*Alphine C. Ojiambo (Kenya) || Patriarchy and African Christian Women: A Theological Reflection on African Cultural Practices as Sources of Liberation in Contemporary African Cultures and Churches
Breakout Room 2
Indigenous Women, Indigenous Churches
Chair: Telesia Musili (Kenya)

Lorraine Efua Eyison (Ghana) || Bridging the Gap for the Contemporary Christian Woman: Exploring Similarities in Gender and Power Dynamics in the Life Events of Saint Perpetua, Aimee Semple McPherson (Founder of the Four Square Gospel Church) and (Selected) Female Founders of African Instituted Churches

Stephen Di Trolio (Costa Rica/USA) || Dayuma the Huaorani: Christian Americanism, Women Missionaries, and the Public Life of Indigenous Women in the US

Carine Amo-Nyampong (Ghana) || Hearing and Knowing the Woman: A Comparative Study of Mercy Amba Oduyoye and Amina Wadud in Rethinking the Symbolism of the Akan Queenmother’s Stool
Breakout Room 3
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EXCURSION
4:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.Travel to Elimina Castle and Cape Coast Castle
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8:30 – 9:50 a.m.PAPER SESSION 7
Gendering Christian History: The Hebrew Bible, Early Christianity, and Contemporarily
Chair: Kenneth Ofula (Kenya)

*Jasmine Jimenez (USA) || Women in Medieval Monastic and Anchorite Communities

Emmanuel Adetunji (Nigeria) || The African Perspective(S) on the Inclusion Of Non-Israelite Women In The Genealogy Of Jesus Christ

Amelia Dodoo (Ghana) & Nicoletta Gatti (Ghana) || Re-defining Christology: Women and Jesus’ Identity

Michael Mensah, Comfort Max-Wirth & Alexander Salakpi (Ghana) || “Forget Your People and Your Father’s House” (Ps 45:11): The Hebrew Bible, Marriage Rites and Spousal Abuse in Contemporary Ghana

Lynn Holmes (USA) || I Do Not Hear the Voice of the Devil”: How Agnes Okoh Negotiated Patriarchy and Culture to Found and Lead a Thriving Ministry in Nigeria
Main Auditorium
Biographical Imageries
Chair: Eric Williams (USA)

Brittany Long (USA) || Willa B. Player: Beacon for Reconciliation and Flourishing

Emily C. Alexander (USA) || Female Networks in the Life and Vocation of Anna Howard Shaw

Mishael Ampofo (Ghana) || Breaking Boundaries: Rosemond Kyereko and the Pioneering Spirit of Women in Ghanaian Christianity.

*Candace Laughinghouse (USA) || From Hamer to Maathai: Radical Warriors
Breakout Room 1
Engendering Pentecostalism II: Violence and Entrepreneurship
Chair: David Smith (USA)

*Babatunde Adedibu (Nigeria) || Beauty and Beast: The ‘Pastor’ as Sexual Object in Nigerian Pentecostalism

Christian Tsekpoe (Ghana) || The Role of Ghanaian Pentecostal-Charismatic Churches in Fighting Sexual Violence Against Women

Samuel Adjornor (Ghana) || A Study of African Neo-Pentecostalism as Space for Entrepreneurship in Ghana

John Nwangi (Kenya) || New Testament Lived Theological Experience by Kenyan Pentecostal Pioneer Women of Mega Churches
Breakout Room 2
Perspectives from Asia II: Feminizing Missions, Education, and Change in India and Indonesia
Chair: Easten Law (USA)

Jesudas Athyal (India) || Bible Women: The Invisible Pioneers in the Feminization of Indian Christianity

Klaus Koschorke (Germany) || “Wherever Christianity has Spread There the Emancipation of Women has Followed.” Indian Christians in Madras Around 1900 as a “Progressive Community” and the Issue of Female Education.

Byung Ho Choi (South Korea/USA) || Women as Agents of Change in Contemporary Toraja Christianity

*Hendrawan Wijoyo (Indonesia/USA) || Tamar in the Streets of Indonesia: Womanist Approach to the Biocapital Tragedy among Indonesian Female Sex Workers
Breakout Room 3
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.PLENARY SESSION 4
Author-Meets Critics Session: Gina Zurlo, Women in World Christianity: Building and Sustaining a Global Movement (Wiley-Blackwell, 2023)

Chair: Afe Adogame (Nigeria/United Kingdom)

Briana Wong (USA)
Corey Williams (USA/Netherlands)
Kimberly Akano (Nigeria/USA)
*Naomi Elaine Thurston (USA)
*Christina Wai Yin Wong (Hong Kong)

Respondent: Gina Zurlo (USA)
Main Auditorium
11:00 – 11:30 a.m.Coffee Break
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.PLENARY SESSION 5
Introducing the Sanneh Institute


Chair: John Azumah (Director, Sanneh Institute)
Main Auditorium
12:10 – 1:30 p.m.GERALD H. ANDERSON LECTURE III
Egodi Uchendu (University of Nsukka, Nigeria)
Women and Gender in African Christianity

Chair: John Azumah
Main Auditorium
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.Lunch
2:40 – 3:40 p.m.PLENARY SESSION 6
Honoring Dana L. Robert, Scholar and Teacher of World Christianity

Williams Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor, Boston University
Chair: Soojin Chung (Korea/USA)

*Bonnie Sue Lewis, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary
*Ruth Padilla DeBrost, Western Theological Seminary
*Brian Stanley, University of Edinburgh
*Haruko Nawata Ward, Columbia Theological Seminary
Joel Carpenter, Calvin University
Casely Essamuah, Global Christian Forum
Gina Zurlo, Harvard Divinity School

Respondents: * Dana L. Robert
Main Auditorium
3:50 – 4:30 p.m.Break/Commute to Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.PLENARY SESSION 7
Honoring Mercy Amba Oduyoye

Director, Institute of African Women in Religion and Culture, Trinity Theological Seminary
Chair: Rose Mary Amenga-Etego

Dorothy Akoto, Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon, Ghana
Helen Labeodan, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Aishe Abdul-Kadir, Retired Educationist
Nasiba Taahiru, Hayaht Foundation
Grace Sintim-Adasi, Presbyterian Women’s Training College, Agogo, Ghana
Agnes Quansah, PhD Student, Missionsakademie, University of Hamburg, Germany

Trinity Theological Seminary
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.ReceptionTrinity Theological Seminary
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.Conference BanquetGIMPA Center
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9:00 -9:50 a.m.PLENARY SESSION 8
The Making of a ‘Woman King’: Interview with Nana Kow Ackon V


Chair: Felicity Apaah (Ghana) & Afe Adogame (Nigeria/United Kingdom)
Main Auditorium
10:00 – 11:20 a.m.PAPER SESSION 8
Virtual: Migration, Leadership, and Intersectionality
Chair: Janice Mclean-Farrell (Jamaica/USA)

*Enoch Wong (Canada) & Vivian Chan (Canada) || Where the East Meets the West: An Empirical Study on Female Pastors’ Demographics in Chinese Canadian Churches

*Dane Litchfield (USA) || Wrapped in Her Mantle: The Reception of Our Lady of Kibeho in South Bend, Indiana

*Christina Wai Yin Wong (Hong Kong) || Reflecting Historiography: An Imaginative Claim of a Transnational Cooperation of the Christian Women Community in Canton, South China

*Osamamen Oba Eduviere (Nigeria/USA) || Intersectionality: A Praxis For Examining The Life Of R. Evon Benson-Idahosa
Main Auditorium
Virtual: Gender and Liberation Movements
Chair: Jay Paul Hinds(USA)

*David Chrisna (Indonesia) || Birthing a Movement: the Indispensable and Inseparable Part of the Women in Shaping the History of Christianity in Central Java.

*Samaila Ayuba (Nigeria/USA) || From Rescued Sex Workers to Social Reformers: Rethinking the History of Social Reformation in Meiji Japan 1886 – 1921

*Sanjana Das (Singapore/India) || Sacred Voices of Subaltern and Diasporic Women from the Global South: Exploring Intersectional Experiences of Women’s agency, Empowerment and Solidarity
Breakout Room 1
Virtual: Unearthing Faith and Feminism from the Margins
Chair: Mary Kihuha (Kenya)

*Yanan Lu (China) || Zeng Baosun: Bridging Confucian Tradition, Christian Faith, and Feminism for Women’s Rights in China

*Shu Wan (China) || Women Interwove a Trans-local History of Hwa Nan College in the 20th Century

*Jonathan Seitz (USA)|| The Convert, the Runaway, the Widow: Liang Fa’s (1789-1855) Three Wives

*Todd John Wallenius (USA) || An Overlooked Woman in Nepal’s Church History: The Story of Chandra Leela
Breakout Room 2
11:20 – 11:40 a.m.Coffee Break
11:40 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. PAPER SESSION 9
Sexual Violence and Transnational Erasure in World Christianity: A panel discussion on Mikeal Parsons’ and João B. Chaves’ Remembering Antônia Teixeira: A Story of Missions, Violence, and Institutional Hypocrisy (Eerdmans, 2023)
Chair: João B. Chaves’ (USA/Brazil)

Raimundo Barreto (Brazil/USA)
*Wanderley Pereira de Rosa (Brazil)
Main Auditorium
Gender and Emergent Christianity in Relation to Norwegian Missions Globally
Chair: Corey Williams (USA)

Retief Müller (South Africa) || White on Black-South African Dutch Reformed white Male Missionary Discourses on African Femininities in Malawi in Comparison with the Norwegian Mission to South Africa in the Late 19th-Early 20th Century

Silje Dragsund Aase (Norway) || How to Redefine a Museum? The Story of a Pair of Embroidered Silk Shoes for Bound Feet

Tom Sverre Bredal-Tomren (Norway) || Female Pastors in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cameroon – Theology, Context and Experiences

Kristin Fjelde Tjelle (Norway) || The Service and Power of Healing: Female Nursing in Norwegian Missions (1890-1930)

*Marina Xiaojing Wang (China) || Picturing the Other: Chinese Women in Norwegian Missionary Photography (1902-1949)

Breakout Room 1
Consistencies and Contestations of Women’s Agency in Urban African Pentecostalism
Chair: Damaris Parsitau (Kenya)

Okelloh Ogera (Kenya) || Gender and God-Talk: Positioning Women in African Pentecostal Hermeneutics

*Kyama Mugambi (Kenya/USA) || Spiritual Mothers of the City: Theorizing the Role of Pentecostal Women Leaders in the Secular Urban Environments

*Stephen Kioko (Kenya) || Re-reading of 1 Timothy 2:11-15 in Light of Contestations of Women Ministry in African Pentecostalism

Edith Kayeli Chamwama (Kenya) || Staying in the Birthing Position: Religio-cultural Constructs of Women and Authority in Selected Pentecostal Churches in Nairobi, Kenya

Mary Kihuha (Kenya) || Caught in the Middle: Women Negotiating Leadership and Subordination within Urban Pentecostalism

*Paul Mwangi (Kenya) || Cultural Imprints in Urban Pentecostal Gender Relations: The Case of Discipleship and Leadership Formation Patterns at Christ is the Answer Ministries Valley Road

Breakout Room 2
12:50 – 2:30 p.m.Lunch
2:30 – 3:50 p.m. PAPER SESSION 10
Gender, Trans-local and Transnational Spirituality, and Healing Among Migrant Communities
Chair: Godibert Kelly Gharbin (Ghana)

*Henrietta Nyamnjoh (Cameroon/South Africa) || Beyond Religious Healing: Transnationalism and the Quest for Spiritual Wellness and Healing among Cameroonian Female Migrants in Cape Town

Rose Mary Amenga-Etego (Ghana) || Indigenous Religion, Gender and Health: Perspectives of the Urbanised Nankani in Accra

Felicity Apaah (Ghana) || Beyond Borders: Navigating Gender and Multiple Religious Identities among Ghanaians in the Diaspora

Susanna Abraham (Ghana)|| Home and Abroad: Unearthing Healthcare Decisions and Practices among Ghanaians in the Diaspora
Main Auditorium
Religion and Violence Against Women
Chair: Willy Mafuta (USA)

*Angelica Tostes (Brazil)|| Unveiling Voices of Resistance: Interfaith Dialogue among Women in Latin America Struggling with Gender Violence

*Uzunma Bell-Gam (Nigeria/USA) || The Church, Society and the Prevalence of the Menace of Domestic Violence against Women in Nigeria

*Elorm Ama Stiles-Ocran (Ghana) || Church Response to Intimate Partner Violence: A Case Study of the Family Life Education Program in a Protestant Mainline Church in Ghana
Breakout Room 1
Gender, Representation, and Church Leadership
Chair: Abraham Kwakye (Ghana)

Joyce Mlenga (Malawi) || “From Inclusion to Active Participation”: Unveiling Obstacles to Christian Women’s Active Participation in Leadership at St. Andrews CCAP Church in Mzuzu City

Samuel Nkrumah-Pobi (Ghana) || A Critical Assessment of the Absence of Women among Top Leadership Positions within the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) and Methodist Church of Ghana (MCG)

*Isaiah Ayafor (USA) || Gender and Representation: The Language and Discourse of Feminine Inclusion in Denomination Leadership in Cameroon

Ekwutosi Offiong & Charles Ekpo (Nigeria) || Gender, Power and Church Leadership: An Empirical Analysis of Women’s Inclusion in the Leadership of Selected Churches in Calabar, Southern Nigeria
Breakout Room 2
Media, Film, and Music
Chair: Gina Zurlo (USA)

*Samuel Kehinde Fabunmi (Nigeria) || Development of World Christianity Through Music: The Nigerian Story of Women Gospel Musicians

Kofi Asare & Grace Adasi (Ghana) || Gendered Portrayal of Prophets in the Media: Audience Reception from Ghana

Akinmayowa Akin-Otiko (Nigeria) || The African Woman Representation In Selected Nollywood And Mount Zion Films: A Comparative Analysis

Omolara Loko (Nigeria) || “Not Permitted to Speak”: Women and Music Making in Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Ayo ni O, Lagos, Nigeria

Breakout Room 3
4:00 p.m.Closing CeremonyMain Auditorium

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