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4 Theological Reflection Overview the process scripture stories of struggle, liberation, hope ‘doing’ theological reflection

5 Archbishop Oscar Romero “The world that the Church must serve is the world of the poor. Persecution of the Church is the result of defending the poor. My life has been threatened many time. I have to confess that, as a Christian, I do not believe in death without resurrection. If they kill me, I will rise again the Salvadoran people.”

6 Who will speak … ? Who will speak if you don’t? Who will speak so their voice will be heard?

7 Theological Reflection Process start with the issue – reading the signs of the times Biblical narrative components

8 Theological Reflection Reflect experience Analyse Respond Action Lens of Christian perspective

9 Signs of the times… Trafficking of Women and Children Exploitation – oppression Poverty Patriarchy Gender inequality New form of Slavery Pornography Demand Trampling on Human Dignity Violation of Human Rights

10 Lens of our Faith… God’s way… Hebrew / Christian Scriptures Gospels Stories/Responses of Jesus Catholic Social Teaching

11 Analysis of narrative… Examples…case studies / today’s situation Stories of violence - slavery Patriarchy – abuse of power Jealousy – betrayal Injustice – structural / institutional Greed Conceit

12 Apply the principles… Biblical teachings Women in the scriptures Stories of Jesus in relation to the poor, downtrodden, outcast, oppressed, women Catholic Social Teaching Human rights and dignity Women and men [reformers/campaigners] throughout history

13 Catholic Social Teaching… Link between religious and social dimensions of life – Gaudium et Spes Dignity of human person/ promotion of Peace - Pacem in Terris, Evangelium Vitae Links between love and justice – Justice in the world Promotion of common good – Sollicitudo Reisocialis Stewardship / Economic justice – Laborem exercens Option for the poor – Octagesimo Adveniens Global Solidarity – Populorum Progressio Splendour of Truth / Gospel of Life John Paul II

14 Why are we concerned? Justice – cry of the poor Gender equality – structural sin Slavery – Oppression Violation of dignity Discipleship Right relationships Solidarity

15 Why we should be involved… God’s paradigm …Genesis…God’s image God’s response to injustice - compassion / rights the wrongs Exodus – story of liberation and hope, civil rights, freedom, cry of the poor Magnificat – song of freedom, Mary, woman describing herself as lowly, humble, servant. Turning society upside down Beatitudes – paradigm for right relationships Discipleship – mission and mandate of Jesus CST – dignity of human being

16 Theological Reflection the process scripture stories of struggle, liberation, hope ‘doing’ theological reflection

17 Sarah and Hagar… Genesis 16:1-6; 7-16; 21: Conflict Power – poverty Jealousy – barren/fertile Slavery ‘ foreigner’ outcast / cast out Oppression Injustice

18 Conflict between two women – different status Power – abuse of power set against poverty & powerlessness Jealousy – barren & old /fertile young & beautiful Slavery ‘ foreigner’ outcast / cast out Injustice & Oppression Response of God “God has heard you…answered your cry…” Sarah and Hagar… Genesis 16:1-6; 7-16; 21: 14-19

19 Story of Joseph… Genesis 37 a dream turned into nightmare – betrayed, sold, enslaved, lies, tricked, accused, prosecuted dysfunctional family Slave market Story of HOPE and deliverance, compassion and forgiveness

20 Tamar & Rahab… Genesis 38:1-11; 12-19; 24-30Joshua 2:1-24; 6:22-25 Abuse within family Rape and incest Prostitution – Rahab is the generous but treacherous woman who is recorded as a prostitute (harlot) who helps Joshua’s spies escape from the city – let down in a basket from her quarters Migrant sex worker brought to the city by famine, war, kidnap, marriage or family breakdown

21 Pharaoh’s daughter… Exodus 2:5-10 Courage Risk Power and status Women saving life – 3 different women in solidarity Compassion

22 Esther at court of King Ahaseurus… Esther 2:1-12 Patriarchy Woman caught in collusion Harem – search for virgins Women seen as ‘objects’ of beauty and pleasure for men

23 Abigail… 1 Book of Samuel 25:32-35 Confrontation: War and Violence Acts as mediator – courage to face David ‘joy of my father’ Personal intervention Woman of justice and peace “Blessed are the peacemakers”

24 Woman at the well… John 4:5-42 Prostitution Exploitation Shame Poverty Response of Jesus / response of woman Empowerment Fullness of life

25 Woman who anoints Jesus… Mark 14:3 – 9 Courage Crossing boundaries Faithful discipleship Celebration Anointing Oppression and resistance Response of Jesus “her story retold in remembrance of her.”

26 Woman with haemorrhage … Mark 5: Blood – taboo / unclean Status of women Courage Faith in the goodness of this ‘healer’ Status of the woman Response of Jesus “your faith has restored you to health; go in peace and be free of your complaint.”

27 Canaanite woman… Matthew 15:21-28 Syrophenician woman… Mark 7: Prejudice sociological / historical Religious bias Nationalism Exclusion Racism Response of Jesus: astonished “woman you have great faith!”

28 Two worlds? Ethnicity – religion – nationality – gender – status ‘Mission’ very personal, to an individual – daughter to a nation – systemic change Canaanite woman… Matthew 15:21-28 Syrophenician woman… Mark 7:

29 “ My mission is only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” “It is not right to take the children’s food and throw it to little dogs.” “Even little dogs eat the scraps that fall from their masters’ table.” Canaanite woman… Matthew 15:21-28 Syrophenician woman… Mark 7:

30 “Lord, Son of David, take pity on me. My daughter is tormented by a demon…” But he said not a word to her… “Woman, your faith is great. Let your desire be granted.” Canaanite woman… Matthew 15:21-28 Syrophenician woman… Mark 7:

31 Story of …CHANGE Story of … HOPE Story of …SHAME Canaanite woman… Matthew 15:21-28 Syrophenician woman… Mark 7:

32 Poets and Artists … “And this our life exempt from public haunt Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones and good in every thing.” Shakespeare - ‘As you Like It’ Act 2 scene 1 Duke Senior in the Forest of Arden.

33 Contemporary situations… Sharon Watkins - ENRON fraud, based on arrogance and greed Valerie Flame story – Joe Wilson, Collusion of governments, lies, WAR PAKISTAN - Women rights bill. Pres Musharraf – ‘spread of democracy?’ ‘Torture’ Bill through congress in the name of ‘security’

34 Revelation by Julia Esquivel “hearing the cry of the trafficked…”

35 God’s love… Goes beyond fairness to a generosity which exceeds human expectations Generous inclusive treatment God’s justice sees the world from the perspective of the excluded Transforms people and systems so that all are included…

36 Hope… Sarahs listen and embrace the Hagars “When sleeping women wake, Mountains will move." Chinese proverb “ Never doubt that a small handful of committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that every has.” Margaret Mead

37 Discipleship… Luke 4: Mission of Jesus… “ the spirit of the Lord is upon me, for God has anointed me to bring good news to the poor… has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of slight to the blind… to let the oppressed go free to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”

38 Who will speak…? Who will speak if we don’t? Who will speak so our voice will be heard? What is our response? What do we do?

39 What is our response? What do we do? Who will speak…?

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