The Quest for Gender Equity in Leadership
The Quest for Gender Equity in Leadership  -     By: Keumju Jewel Hyun
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The call for gender equity in leadership has become a global concern. From a Christian perspective, all forms of gender prejudice are sinful because they violate God's intention for creating both men and women in God's image. Although many Christian authors have published books and journal articles to address gender-based injustice, very few publications have approached the subject from an African perspective. This book is meant to fill the existing gap. With a specific reference to the African context, this book explores the phenomenon of equity in leadership from various dimensions, such as African culture and traditional religion, church tradition, biblical interpretation, as well as from the perspective of contemporary socio-economic and political realities in Africa. By giving vivid examples of success stories of men and women working together, the authors have demythologized the view that women cannot be leaders. In addition, this book is intended for general readership by Christian men and women throughout the globe. For universities and colleges that teach gender studies as a subject, the book can serve as a class text or reference resource. Seminaries and theological institutions will also find it handy for training and mentoring Christians to promote equity in the church, ministry, business, and family.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Wipf & Stock
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 1498293336
ISBN-13: 9781498293334

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The call for gender equity in leadership has become a global concern. From a Christian perspective, all forms of gender prejudice are sinful because they violate God's intention for creating both men and women in God's image. Although many Christian authors have published books and journal articles to address gender-based injustice, very few publications have approached the subject from an African perspective. This book is meant to fill the existing gap. With a specific reference to the African context, this book explores the phenomenon of equity in leadership from various dimensions, such as African culture and traditional religion, church tradition, biblical interpretation, as well as from the perspective of contemporary socio-economic and political realities in Africa. By giving vivid examples of success stories of men and women working together, the authors have demythologized the view that women cannot be leaders. In addition, this book is intended for general readership by Christian men and women throughout the globe. For universities and colleges that teach gender studies as a subject, the book can serve as a class text or reference resource. Seminaries and theological institutions will also find it handy for training and mentoring Christians to promote equity in the church, ministry, business, and family. ""The Quest for Biblical Equity in Leadership is good biblical scholarship and engaging story-telling from a fresh African perspective that will provide new insights to readers from any continent."" --Brad Smith, President, Bakke Graduate University ""This book . . . takes a particular issue of vital significance in the modern world--gender equity-- and] provides fascinating insights into a number of African cultures. It showcases some excellent African scholarship from both male and female theologians . . . and provides a fine example to the rest of the world of using biblical principles to critique culture from the inside. Congratulations to the editors and the writing team for producing such a useful compilation."" --Mary Evans, Author; Former Vice-Principal and Old Testament lecturer, London School of Theology ""I have witnessed first-hand how Jewel Hyun embodies the quest for Biblical equity in leadership in Africa. Her faith-filled ministry in Kenya is a wonder to behold, and transformational to experience. As a result, the book in your hands is filled with Biblical wisdom and practical implications that will stand the test of time."" --Stephen A. Macchia, Author; Founder and President, Leadership Transformations, Inc. KeumJu Jewel Hyun is founder and president of Matthew 28 Ministries, Inc., focusing on Christian women's leadership development and economic empowerment in Kenya. She is adjunct professor of Theology of Work at Bakke Graduate University and co-editor of Some Men Are Our Heroes: Stories by Women about the Men Who Have Greatly Influenced Their Lives. Jewel holds a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Ministries degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Massachusetts, as well as a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Physics from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. She and her husband have two adult children and four grandchildren. Diphus C. Chemorion, an ordained minister, is director of Postgraduate Studies and Associate Professor at St. Paul's University, Kenya. He is the author of Community Participation in Scripture Version Design: An Experiment in Translating Jonah into Sabaot and Introduction to Christian Worldview: Meaning, Origins and Perspectives. He also co-edited Contested Space: Ethnicity and Religion in Kenya. He holds a Master of Theology from Candle school of Theology, Emory University, and a Doctor of Theology in Old Testament from Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

Editorial Reviews

When I first read the title of this book, I first thought that it was not really possible. As a female Anglican priest, I knew there were women in ordained ministry in Kenya. I did not expect to read an account of one woman’s journey to the priesthood in Kenya nor of her determination to influence change within the Anglican Church in Kenya. I almost wouldn’t call this a book. It reads more like a journal telling the stories of individuals and cultural issues on a continent that many people have not been to and the difficulties of changing cultures that do not honor women. There were moments where I wanted to throw the book across the room because it was difficult to read how so many people groups see women as inferior to their male counterparts. If you have a heart for change, for gender equity, and for loving others as we love ourselves, this is a must-read.

The book is divided into three parts and through these parts the authors give the readers their experiences of practicing gender equity in areas where it is virtually unheard of. Sammy Githuku identifies the root cause of the problems in practicing Biblical equity by looking at the proverbs of the Agikuyu tribe. These proverbs are often communicated to remind women of their inferiority. In the Agikuyu tribe, women are not to be trusted with confidential matters. They are not allowed to hold places of esteem.

Lydia Mwaniiki examines Biblical gender equity and women in leadership in the Anglican Church in Kenya. While there are more opportunities to serve in ordained ministry, there are not as many opportunities for women clergy to do as much ministry as their male counterparts. Diphus C. Chemorion takes a fresh look at gender equity in Genesis 1-3 reminding us that God created all of us-men and women- in God’s image. Kabiro wa Gatumu says this: “In the New Testament, redemption points to a new creation in which men and women can be renewed to the measure and the fullness of the justice, equity, and sanctity which God provides.” (P. 50). Keumlu Jewel Hyun reminds us that “Jesus empowered women and acknowledged their personhood in a culture where women were considered to be men’s property, were identified only as mothers or wives, and had no voice of their own. “ (P.70)

Lois Semeye shares with us a synopsis of all of the female leaders named in the New Testament. Martine Audeoud introduces us as readers to two women in West Africa that are rising up to transform leadership. These women had mothers who already paved the way for them and modeled overcoming life’s challenges in their West African countries.
Rangarirai Rutoro and Ester Rutoro explore gender equity in the Reformed Church of Zimbabwe. The Reformed Church has been ordaining women for over a decade however there are still more conversations that need to come in order to have gender equity amongst its leadership. The leadership of the Institutional Churches in Nigeria have also come a long way in overcoming cultural hindrances to gender equity. Similar to the Reformed Church, there are more conversations that need to be had.

While the majority of this book discusses the Biblical perspective of gender equity, the last chapter discusses gender equity in the family. The strength of this chapter is that it asks questions related to creating dialogue about gender equity. This chapter discusses three areas in which individuals within families can honor one another. Even though the questions are associated for the African context, these questions are generalized enough to be discussed everywhere.

This book offers a lot of hope for gender equity not only in Africa but everywhere gender equity is not currently practiced. This book offers a challenge to the Church in understanding that both Jesus and Paul were for women in leadership roles and not against. The authors’ experiences gives us as readers a rich personal perspective of overcoming cultural and social challenges. Their stories give us hope.

---Rev. Heather Ann Martinez
---Used with permission from Christians for Biblical Equality

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