Monday, 02 December 2019

Asian Advocates Arise

The Christian Conference of Asia’s first ever Asian Ecumenical Women’s Assembly (AEWA) concluded with a resounding call for women to be advocates and catalysts of reconciliation, renewal and restoration in the world.

In a communique issued at the end of the AEWA, participants affirmed:

“At this critical time of our history, when the whole of God’s creation is groaning due to irresponsible human action, greed and continuing discrimination, violence and exploitation of women and children, without repenting from the sin of greed, and without reconciling and doing justice to God’s creation, women and the marginalized communities in particular, the world will not experience justice and peace.”

“We are with one voice in asserting No to a culture of violence and exploitation of earth’s resources. We affirm that we need to stand together in solidarity towards realising justice and peace at this Kairos moment of our planet Earth.”

Two Uniting Church women attended AEWA, which was held at the Presbyterian Bible College in Hsinchu, Taiwan. – UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer, Rev. Amel Manyon, Minister at Dernancourt Uniting Church in Adelaide. 

Rev. Manyon said the Assembly was “amazing”.

“I had an opportunity to lead some of prayers and moderated one of the sessions and even got the chance to play drums during worship,” she said.

The Assembly was divided into two parts. The first was a pre-workshop that ran for three days from 19-21 November, attended by 40 women representatives from different churches, national and regional ecumenical councils, and related organisations.

Among the topics discussed were effective action plans for advocacy to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS in Asia.

The full Assembly ran from 22–26 November and was attended by more than 250 women.

Dr Palmer delivered one the keynote addresses on the theme, "Be Awake to Renew."

The Assembly concluded with a cultural night, when all had an opportunity to share their culture with their ecumenical sisters.

The Australian contingent shared the song For You Deep Stillness by Robin Mann.