2013, Highlights

A List of Preferred Resources

By Elizabeth Tapia, Bulacan Philippines Annual Conference

Women and Women’s Lives/Ministries

Chittister, Joan. The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully. New York: BlueBridge, 2010.

In this book, Sr. Chittister makes the subject of aging interesting and inspirational, contending that the gift of years is exactly that: a precious gift. As an internationally known author and lecturer, as well as director of Benetvision (a resource center for contemporary spirituality), Sr. Joan embodies the art and gift of growing old gracefully. Chapters showcase her reflections on ageism, accomplishment, letting go, wisdom, solitude, agelessness, and appreciation.

James, Carolyn Custis. Half the Church: Recapturing God’s Global Vision for Women. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011.

Here are some reviews: “The challenge of Half the Church is to the whole church to fulfill God’s purpose in creating all of us as iconoclastic bearers of the divine image in a broken world.” —Alice Matthews, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. “Half the Church is a significant contribution to the current public discourse of the role and responsibility of the church in responding to the suffering of millions of women and girls due to oppressive cultural and traditional norms.” —Fatuma Hashi, Gender & Development, World Vision International

Mananzan, Sr. Mary John, OSB. NunSense: The Spiritual Journey of a Feminist Activist Nun. Manila: Institute of Women’s Studies, St. Scholastica’s College, 2012.

A self-avowed Christian feminist and activist, Sr. Mary John Mananzan of the Philippines wrote her memoir to look back at her life, reminisce, and say, “Thank you, God, for all the wonderful things you have done in my life!” You are invited to follow her spiritual journey from  a  shy girl from Bayambang, Pangasinan, to dean, later president, of St. Scholastica’s College of Manila; from being a political and women’s right’s activist to becoming Mother Superior of the Benedictine Nuns in the Philippines. Sr. Mary John has combined academic work, nun work, and political activism from the  seventies up to the present. She gave birth to numerous women’s organizations, and she was instrumental in introducing women’s studies in the Philippines and in Asia. This inspiring account of the spiritual-intellectual and cultural journeys of Sr. Mary John Mananzan is about both a woman’s spirituality and social transformation. Sr. Mary John wrote, “Being contemplative does not mean being passive or indifferent to the world’s problems. I have learned that we are called to prophecy, and this means announcing the good news and denouncing the bad news” ( p. 123). Sr. Mary John has been included by Women Deliver in its list of the 100 most inspiring persons in the world on the occasion of the 100-year anniversary of the International Women’s Day celebration in March 2011.

Brief list of books on Christian Mission and World Christianity

Adeney, Frances S. Graceful Evangelism: Christian Witness in a Complex World. Grand Rapids: Baker Academy, 2010.Bevans, Stephen B., and Roger P. Schroeder. Prophetic Dialogue: Reflections on Christian Mission Today. New York: Orbis Books, 2011.

Peace, Jennifer Howe, Or N. Rose, and Gregory Mobley, eds. My Neighbor’s Faith: Stories of Interreligious Encounter, Growth, and Transformation. New York: Orbis Books, 2012.

Tizon, Al. Missional Preaching: Engage. Embrace. Transform. Valley Forge: Judson Press, 2012.

Walls, Andrew, and Cathy Ross, eds. Mission in the 21st Century: Exploring the Five Marks of Global Mission. New York: Orbis Books, 2008.

Werner, Dietrich. Theological Education in World Christianity: Ecumenical Perspectives and Future Priorities. Taiwan: Programme for Theology and Cultures in Asia, 2011.

Whiteman, Darrell, and Gerald Anderson, eds. World Mission in the Wesleyan Spirit. Franklin, TN: Providence House Publishers, 2009.

Online Resources

Asian Women Resource Center

Globethics.net – newsletter and a unique global resource of 400,000 text articles on ethics—free. Also provides free access to online library for resources on theology, world christianity, mission, ecumenism, etc. Register for free (World Council of Churches and Globeethics.net).

New World Outlook, newsmagazine of the General Board of Global Ministries


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2016 – Birthing a Worldwide Church

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2014 – Empowerment for All

2013 – What Next?

2012 – What Does the Lord Require of Us?

2011 – See, I am Doing a New Thing

2010 – Voicing Truth With Grace

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