Round table “Women in Mission: Spirituality in Mission” was held in Osijek, February 18-20, 2018. It brought together 12 women from different Christian and professional backgrounds to reflect on their involvement in mission in post-communist and secular setting.
The Central and Eastern European Institute for Mission Studies hosted the 2008 quadrennial IAMS conference in Balatonfüred, Hungary and offered the first opportunity to hear the story of six women in their journey in mission and theological education. After two previous gatherings in 2010 and 2011, it is time to bring women together to discuss women’s perspectives on mission, leadership and theological education.
Some of the participants were active in leadership and teaching, as theological educators and researchers of mission, while others were missionaries or simply active in a congregation, in urban or rural setting. During the two days, participants explored the meaning and importance of spirituality in mission, as well as the role of women in different denominations, across the evangelical and ecumenical spectrum.
This is what they highlighted as very important from the meeting:
“It was a time for listening, sharing and discussing… It was so powerful and important to hear how different women were used by God and to learn about what God is doing in their lives!”
“For me it was amasing to hear personal reflections from local women who really make an impact on the society they live in, despite of hard circumstances. Especially to hear how they are involved in ecumenical dialogue.”
“I came out of the event enriched and empowered to continue with my mission. I also have greater understanding of the issues and views we share, regardless of church and country we come from.”