Missio Dei #32 - Women, 20 years of paving the way between dreams and hopes.
By Jane Morrow
Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Versión en español

ELKHART, IN (Mennonite Mission Network) — The 32nd issue of Missio Dei, a publication of Mennonite Mission Network, describes 20 years of Movimiento de Mujeres Anabautistas Haciendo Teología desde América Latina (Movement of Anabaptist Women Doing Theology from Latin America ‬— MTAL).

Spanish and English versions of the booklet, Women, 20 years of paving the way between dreams and hopes, a collaboration between Mission Network and MTAL, and previous editions of Missio Dei, are free to download.

Recognized by the Faith and Life Commission of Mennonite World Conference (MWC), MTAL began after Latin American women listened to African women theologians at a 2003 MWC assembly in Zimbabwe and felt inspired to begin their own movement. They strategically chose not to define membership, but rather to encourage the open involvement of women doing theology in their churches. This has resulted in the participation of thousands of women from almost all the countries of the Americas.


The authors of Women, 20 years of paving the way between dreams and hopes.

The authors of "Women, 20 years of paving the way between dreams and hopes."

While the booklet describes MTAL’s history, it also bears witness to the theological work of women through four theological reflections. The titles of the reflections were chosen to reflect some of the main themes that MTAL has focused on over the past two decades:

  • Discovering and using our gifts by Pastor Rebeca González Torres, coordinator of MTAL Education and Materials Development Commission of and co-coordinator of Comunidad de Instituciones Teológicas Anabautistas de Iberoamérica (CITA)

  • Go and tell them! Leadership and Jesus' liberating message by Cindy Alpízar, collective communicator, pastor and national council treasurer, Costa Rica

  • We are beloved daughters of God by Deusilene Martins Milhomem de Carvalho, pastor and MTAL Sister Care coordinator Brazil, Mennonite Church of Gama, Brasilia, Brazil

  • Healthy boundaries in power dynamics and sexuality in the church by Alix Lozano, pastor and Colombian theologian, Mennonite Church of Colombia

Excerpt from Rebeca González Torres’ reflection, Discovering and using our gifts:

“We have created a strong motivating force to share our gifts, and thus, we rejoice in the common good, and no one can stop or limit what the Spirit of God is doing in each region. In conclusion, I invite you, as you are inspired by the Lord, to continue to cultivate, with those around you, the importance of sharing everyone’s gifts in community, not neglecting the gifts that are in you, and sharing with great care. This women’s movement will continue to be strengthened, as an example to our daughters and granddaughters, and this will lead to a better future.”

MTAL recognizes the value of cross-cultural relationships, and since the 2015 MWC assembly, has continued to dream of the formation of a Global Anabaptist Women’s Network.

Mennonite Mission Network has accompanied MTAL since the beginning and collaborates with Mennonite Women USA for International Women's Fund scholarships and Sister Care seminars to support Latin American women leaders.

Latin America regional director Linda Shelly wrote in the prologue,

“On behalf of Mennonite Mission Network, it has been a great privilege to walk with MTAL for the past 20 years, since its beginning at the Mennonite World Conference Assembly in Zimbabwe, in its pilgrimage to impact the lives not only of women but also of the churches in Latin America and the global church.”

The MTAL booklet, as part of the Missio Dei series, includes discussion questions for individual or group reflection. Printed copies are available upon request. Visit the series homepage for more information.

About Mennonite Mission Network

Mennonite Mission Network, the mission agency of Mennonite Church USA, is a global nonprofit enterprise that leads, mobilizes and equips congregations to join God's reconciling work, so that God's healing and hope flow through everyone in the world.


El Movimiento de Mujeres Anabautistas haciendo Teología desde América Latina conmemora 20 años de ministerio con una publicación

ELKHART, IN (Red Menonita de Misión) - El número 32 de Missio Dei, una publicación de la Red Menonita de Misión, reseña los 20 años del Movimiento de Mujeres Anabautistas Haciendo Teología desde América Latina (MTAL).  

Se pueden descargar gratuitamente las versiones en español e inglés del cuadernillo Mujeres, 20 años abriendo caminos entre sueños y esperanzas, una colaboración entre la Red de Misión y el MTAL, como así también las ediciones anteriores de Missio Dei.

Reconocido por la Comisión de Fe y Vida | Congreso Mundial Menonita (mwc-cmm.org), el MTAL se inició después de que mujeres latinoamericanas escucharan a teólogas africanas en una asamblea del CMM en 2003 en Zimbabue y se sintieran inspiradas a comenzar su propio movimiento. Decidieron estratégicamente no definir la membresía, sino más bien alentar la participación abierta de las mujeres que hacen teología en sus iglesias. Esto ha resultado en la participación de miles de mujeres de casi todos los países de toda América.

 Las autoras de "Mujeres, 20 años abriendo caminos entre sueños y esperanzas"

 

El cuadernillo no solo cuenta la historia del Movimiento de Mujeres Anabautistas haciendo Teología desde América Latina (MTAL), sino que también, mediante cuatro reflexiones teológicas, da testimonio del trabajo teológico de las mujeres. Los temas escogidos derivan de los enfoques principales del MTAL durante estas dos décadas:

  • Descubriendo y ejercitando nuestros dones, por la pastora Rebeca González Torres, coordinadora de la Comisión de Educación y Materiales del MTAL y co-coordinadora de la CITA (Comunidad de Instituciones Teológicas Anabautistas de Iberoamérica)
  • ¡Ve y diles! Liderazgo y mensaje liberador de Jesús, por Cindy Alpízar, comunicadora colectiva, pastora y tesorera del Concilio Nacional, Costa Rica
  • Somos hijas amadas de Dios, por Deusilene Martins Milhomem de Carvalho, pastora, coordinadora del MTAL Cuidándonos entre mujeres (Sister Care) Brasil, Igreja Menonita do Gama, Brasilia DF- Brasil
  • Límites saludables en el manejo del poder y la sexualidad en la iglesia, por Alix Lozano, pastora, teóloga colombiana de la Iglesia Cristiana Menonita de Colombia

 

Extracto de la reflexión de Rebeca González Torres de Descubriendo y ejercitando nuestros dones:

"Se ha creado una fuerza motivadora por compartir los dones y nos regocijamos en el bien común. Nadie puede parar ni limitar lo que el Espíritu de Dios está haciendo en cada región. En conclusión, inspiradas en el Señor, les invito a seguir cultivando, con quienes nos rodean, la importancia de compartir lo que somos y tenemos, no descuidando el don que hay en nosotras, entregándolo con solicitud. El movimiento de mujeres seguirá fortaleciéndose como un ejemplo a nuestras hijas y nietas y eso garantiza un futuro mejor."

 

El MTAL reconoce el valor de las relaciones interculturales y, desde la Asamblea del CMM de 2015, ha seguido soñando con la formación de una Red Global de Mujeres Anabautistas.

La Red Menonita de Misión ha acompañado al MTAL desde el principio y junto a Mujeres Menonitas EE.UU. colabora en la gestión de becas del Fondo Internacional de Mujeres y la organización de talleres de Cuidándonos entre mujeres (Sister Care) para apoyar a mujeres líderes latinoamericanas.

 La directora regional para América Latina, Linda Shelly, escribió en el prólogo:

"Como parte de la Red Menonita de Misión, ha sido un gran privilegio para mí caminar con el MTAL durante estos 20 años desde Zimbabue en su peregrinaje de impacto en la vida, no solamente de las mujeres, sino también de las iglesias de América Latina y de la iglesia global."


El número de Missio Dei dedicado al MTAL incluye preguntas para la reflexión individual o en grupo. Se pueden solicitar ejemplares impresos. Para más información visite la página web de la serie.

 

 

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