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Gender, Poverty and Church involvment: A report from a research conference in Uppsala, May 6-8, 2002
Uppsala University.
2005 (English)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

POVERTY has a central position in the title of this conference report. The complexity of poverty is considered, its roots or causes, expressions or consequences. It is supposed that the problem of poverty as a multifarious humanitarian and political phenomenon can be solved. It is also a diversified scientific problem to be approached in various ways.

GENDER is the first keyword. Gender perspectives dominate the contributions from on-going or completed studies. It is well known that women and children are the first victims of poverty, not only in poor but also in wealthy countries.

In this report women are not reduced to the rĂ´le of victims. They are seen as they are, influential agents of change.

CHURCH INVOLVEMENT indicates a practical arena. In most churches women are in majority. Their strength is considerable in all spheres of social life. Individuals, local congregations and national churches are acting in relation to poverty, famine, diseases and injustices.

Christians and churches have been and still are instruments of change. Schools, clinics and community welfare programmes are instrumental, sometimes but not always with liberating effects. Churches can also be parts of strong repressive systems.

Many examples presented in Gender, Poverty and Church Involvement concern Africa, the poverty-stricken continent and the stronghold of Christianity. Together with examples from Asia and Latin America they illuminate universal patterns of ideas, actions and organisations. Problems and solutions are seen as interrelated on a global scale.

The research conference Gender, Poverty and Church Involvement was organised by the Swedish Institute of Mission Research with the support of the faculties of Medicine, Law and Theology at Uppsala University.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. , p. 225
Series
Missio, ISSN 1101-6701 ; 20
Keywords [en]
Missionary studies
Keywords [sv]
Missionsvetenskap
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Religious Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-5860OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-5860DiVA, id: diva2:173394
Available from: 2005-05-30 Created: 2005-05-30Bibliographically approved

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