Women’s religious leadership in conflict and crisis

The third decennium of the twenty-first century has started with a world-wide social and economic crisis due to the Covid-19-pandemic. This crisis has such proportions that the military conflicts in the different parts of the world and the other world-wide crises – the ecological crisis and the migration crisis –have receded to the background. It has also exacerbated chronic tensions and conflicts due to poverty, racism and violence against women.

In such times of crisis, leadership is called for – to offer orientation and point to the way out, to intervene and speak out, to develop creative solutions for the future, to take responsibility for a certain course of action and for those affected by this course of action, to take care of the community in crisis or affected by conflict.

Leadership takes many different forms and hues. It is not limited to gender nor to class, religion, colour, ability or age. One has only to think of Angela Merkel (migration) or Greta Thunberg (climate), Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tome (Black Lives Matter), Malala Yousufzai (female education) to name but a few female leaders in the recent conflicts we know by name because they have captured or are captured by the spotlights. The ESWTR conference in Lviv in 2018 on ‘Empowering women in conflict: Ecumenical Engagement for peace and justice’ has shown that women take on various leadership roles, alleviating the suffering caused by the conflicts.

In this issue of the Journal of the European Society of Women in Theological Research, we want to build upon the theme of the Lviv conference and address the topic of women’s religious leadership in conflicts and crisis.

  • Where do we find women’s religious leadership?
  • What does it look like?
  • Are there special characteristics that constitute female religious leadership?
  • Is it connected to certain positions?
  • What can be learned from history and historical examples?
  • From biblical examples?
  • What is the relation between conflict and leadership?

These are but a few examples of the themes that are connected with the theme of this issue.

We look forward to contributions to this issue of the Journal. The closing date is 31-10-2020.

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