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2017 International conference
September 20 - September 22
On September 20-22, Ekklesia Foundation for Gender Education will host a three day international conference in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania with faith leaders and delegates from across East Africa on the theme, “Cultivating Oneness in Christ: Biblical Truth about Equality for Women and Men in the Home, Church and Community”.
This conference will provide opportunity for faith leaders, students, researchers, faith based project leaders to cultivate basic theological and biblical truth about equality for women and men. It will promote the essence of equal worth, dignity, respect and mutual love for men and women for a gift based leadership and equal participation in decision making in the home, church and society.
This event will explore harmful religious and cultural gender norms that places men above women and distort the “Imago Dei” of the female creation against the plan and will of God. Patriarchal worldview is perpetuated by many churches and communities around the world that teaches and believes in male dominance as God’s design for human beings and is the main cause for poverty in Africa resulting into – devaluation and violence against women and girls based of gender.
This event, “Cultivating Oneness in Christ” is based on Romans 12:1-2, “Therefore, I urge you brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is the true worship. Do not conform to the patterns pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…”
Venue and Registration
The conference venue is The Landmark Hotel in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
Arrival dates for international delegates is September 19th evening while registration begins on September 20th at 8.00am.
Registration fee is US$120 per delegate which includes all conference package, refreshments and lunch for three days. For accommodation, we have located nearby nice hotels which each delegate pay on their own.
Name: Rev. Mrs. Itika William Mwakabana
Topic: Contextual Bible study: Tamar Campaign and the role of the Church on Sexual and Gender Based Violence
Rev. Mrs. Itika William Mwakabana is a holder of Diploma in Theology (DT) from Tumaini Makumira University, Diploma in Gender and Development from Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial Academy.
She currently works as Pastor In- charge in Parish in the Eastern and Coastal Diocese. She has also worked as program Officer and Trainer for Young Women Christian Association Tanzania and also previously as Coordinator of Christian Education and youth nature of Konde Diocese.
Name: Domnic Misolo
Topic: Honest Conversations: “Why female circumcision, Domestic violence, sex trafficking, among other forms of Violence Against Women won’t go away soon – Unleashing Biblical truth for cultural transformation.”
The Rev’d Domnic Misolo is ordained priest in the Anglican Church of Kenya in the Diocese of Bondo. He is the founder of Ekklesia Foundation for Gender Education (EFOGE), a registered faith based (non-profit) organization championing for gender justice and equality from a faith perspective. He holds degree in Theology from St. Paul’s University and Great Lakes University of Kisumu – Kenya. Dominic is an inspired individual, a fellowship of Tearfund UK for innovative and talented young leaders. He is the Africa Regional Coordinator for Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE) International. Domnic has been recognized both by Skoll World Forum as a Social Entrepreneur, and by Lausanne Global Movement as emerging young evangelical influencer for Global Mission.
Name: Consoler Eliya
Topic: A Case Study: Working with Abuse and Vulnerable Women & Girls in Dar Es Salaam
Consoler Eliya, who is popularly known as “Mama”, is the Founder and Executive Director of New Hope for Girls, a registered Non-profit Organization in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania working on rehabilitation of abused and vulnerable girls and for economic empowerment for women in Dar Es Salaam. Consoler is an Inspired Individual with Tearfund UK for the innovation and call to empower poor and vulnerable women. Consoler holds MA degree from Open University of Tanzania on Sociology with Research/dissertation on “Violence Against Young Women and Girls in the Household”
Name: Mary Lou Wiley
Topic: Dismantling Patriarchy Culturally and Religiously – a lecture by Dr. Mimi Haddad
Mary Lou Wiley is the Development Manager at CBE International and will deliver a lecture created by Dr. Mimi Haddad, CBE’s president.
Mary Lou’s background is marketing communications and she’s a volunteer English tutor with Somali Adult Literacy Training in St. Paul, Minnesota. Mimi is a graduate of the University of Colorado and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (summa cum laude). She holds a Ph.D. in historical theology from the University of Durham, England, and received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University. CBE International equips Christians to live out the Bible’s call for women and men to share authority equally in service and leadership in the home, church, and world.
Name: Monica Owiti
Title: Women and Community Leadership – Suppressed Voices!
The Rev’d Monica Owiti is one of the first ordained women priests in the Anglican Church of Kenya. She has served the church in various capacities since 1995. Currently she is the Rector of St. Andrews Parish Nyawita and the Archdeacon of Bondo Archdeaconry in the Anglican Diocese of Bondo overseeing eight parishes with several churches.
She holds Bachelor of Divinity from St. Paul’s University – Kenya. she a member of Sacco of Concerned Women Theologians.
Name: Frank Michael Tweheyo.
Topic: New Man New Woman
Pastor Frank Twaheyo is the Africa’s Program Director of Empower International Ministries. He is the regional Trainer at Light Bearers International Ministries in addition he is an international Trainer in Transforming Nations Alliance. Frank have a Diploma in Christian Ministry at Joshua Nations Front line School in USA, BA International Christian Ministry in Kayiwa International University, Master Facilitator Empower (Virginia USA, 2009) and about to complete his Master of Arts in Global Leadership (Fuller Theological Seminary) in USA.
Name: Rev. Patti Ricotta
Topic: Cultivating Marital Oneness
Rev. Patti Ricotta is co-founder and president of Life Together International, a Christian NGO focused on cultivation global oneness in Christ. She is an ordained minister in the American Baptist churches, USA and has served on the pastoral team at Brewster Baptist. Rev. Patti graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a minor in biology. Her Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary focused on Hebrew, Greek and biblical interpretation for cross-cultural missions. From 2004 to the present she has been involved in a teaching ministry to African clergy and church leaders, assisting global partners in building authentic biblical community through scriptural teachings on the fundamental equality of all people regardless of gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status or age.
Name: Wayne Pelly
Topic: Genesis as the basis for Biblical Gender Equality
Pastor Wayne Pelly serves his church as an elder with responsibility for missions (global outreach) and occasionally teaching adult education classes. In addition, he is a minister with Empower International Ministries, with whom he has made four trips to east Africa and one to Haiti to facilitate seminars on gender mutuality. He has a Masters of Divinity (M.Div) and a Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) in Pastoral Ministry.
Name: Paul Nehemiah Onyango
Topic: Equal Opportunities – The voice of Women
The Rev’d. Paul Nehemiah Onyango is ordained priest in the Anglican Church of Kenya in the Diocese of Bondo. He is the Rector of St. Mark’s Oware Parish and also the Vicar General in the Diocese of Bondo. He is a Graduate of St. Paul’s University – Kenya. He has been a priest for 25 years and currently leading Mothers’ Union as its Chaplin in the Diocese of Bondo focusing on Holistic Development.
Name: Jenny Rae Armstrong
Topic: A Little Child Shall Lead Them: Equipping Youth for Leadership
Jenny is a renowned scholar currently taking M.Div. At North Park Theological Seminary, has B.A. Global Studies,
She has honors and awards in Evangelical Covenant Church’s “40 Under 40” Lineup, “Young Covenanters making a significant impact locally and around the world.” She achieved Higher Goals Award in Evangelical Press Association in 2012 for General Article category, Freelance Article category and Critical Review category.
She is an Assistant Pastor in Darrow Road Wesleyan Church, Interim Pastor, Faith United Methodist Church, and Interim Worship Pastor/Pastoral Intern, Mission Covenant Church. Rae is also an author of an inspiring book titled Called Out.
Name: Terrie Robinson
Topic: The Side By Side faith movement for gender justice
The Rev’d. Terrie Robinson is ordained priest in the Church of England. She is also the Director for Women in Church & Society in the Anglican Communion. She would speak about Side by Side faith movement for gender justice, and give examples of how Oneness in Christ is being lived out, within the Communion and ecumenically.