1.Purpose

Purpose

The Center intends on "doing theology" through integrating Christian theology and ministry from feminist perspectives. We hope to raise voices of the marginalized, especially those of women, through participating in global and inter-religious dialogues.

The Center's intent is to grow as a community of those who hope to bring together voices from various corners and margins. In this sense, the Center is open to all who share concern for and support of the aims of the Center which are stated in the following.

We use the term "feminist" for two reasons. First, we use it because our basic stance does not set men against women, but is political and socio-cultural as discerning the structures of patriarchy as oppressive and problematic. We challenge discrimination based on sex, race, class, etc. so that we may transform our society as well as participate in mending the creation. As long as we can share this basic stance, we seek to be fully inclusive and respect diversity, across biological difference and sexual orientations.

On the other hand, our choice of the term "feminist" rather than "human" is intended to make it clear that we understand "women's" experiences typically reflecting those of the marginalized as "others" throughout the history of patriarchal societies. Just as situations at the margins are diverse, so too are women's experiences.

We thus intend to take diverse lived experiences of both women and men who would stand in compassion with the pain of "others/women" as our point of departure for diverse forms of critical reflection and action of the Center.

Theology, as "God talk," is primarily a body of disciplined knowledge about the relationships between the divine, the human and the world/universe. It is indispensable for human liberation that access to such knowledge be open to all and shared on a just basis. With this understanding, we aim at doing theology which takes as its starting point the diverse experiences of "others/women" who have been ignored and denied access to ' theological knowledge.

We understand ministry as engagement in service and struggle to realize the wholeness of life. Furthermore, we believe that ministry and theology function in tandem like two wheels on an axle. Ministry is inseparable from theology, and the theological endeavor must take into consideration the struggle for peace and justice that ministry faces. Since there is a huge gap between theological endeavor and that of ministry, building bridges between the two will be one of our main tasks.

Although global perspective is basic for us, Japan is our primary context. This context is not monolithic, but diverse ethnically, socially, culturally and religiously. As Japan is our common locus of life and we are aware that Christians are the minority of the minority, we choose to bear our specific witness and primary activities in this country.

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