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Caminhando  2011 

Apresenta o do Dossiê

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In 2011, the Brazilian Methodist Church celebrates 40 years of the approval of the admission of women as elders of or pastor in the Church. Among the many fruits resulting from this opening, exists today at the Theology Seminary of the Methodist Church the Otilia-Chaves-Center, a space for training, sharing and reflection on issues concerning gender church and society. Within this context of the celebrations of these 40 years, the Otilia-Chaves-Center was also challenged to contribute by organizing a Dossier uniting articles written by Methodist women. The theological journal Caminhando presents in this edition the results of this initiative, containing articles of pastors and theologians of the Methodist Church, working in various areas within church and society. The proposal is to share what these women are producing in their field of knowledge. In this journal, you find mainly reflections focusing on the three major areas of theological knowledge: biblical, systematic and pastoral theology. On the subject of the Bible, Suely dos Santos Xavier, elder of the Methodist Church and professor for the Old Testament, presents in dialogue with Marcel Mauss, Henri Hubert and Rene Girard,an anthropological reading of sacrifice interpreting Leviticus 6:17-23, in order to understand a little more about societies where sacrifice is a central part of its religion.In the area of Theology / History, Margarida Ribeiro, elder of the Methodist Church and historian, points out the trajectory of Methodist women from England to Brazil, and how these women made a difference in their time. After this, Elena Silva, elder of the Methodist Church and educator, emphasizes the role of the first Methodist woman preachers, especially those who exercised their ministries based on what she calls their “social charisma”. In a similar direction, Vera Silva elder of the Methodist Church and educator presents the possibility of Christian education in everyday life, especially in dialogue with Luke 24:13-35, a narrative of a daily life situation showing the pedagogical attitude of Jesus . In a pastoral perspective, several issues are addressed. Elizabete Cristina Costa Renders, theologian and educator, introduces into the universe of inclusion and demonstrates how important it is that the church dialogues and develops effective initiatives of inclusion so that its mission will be directed to all people. Blanches de Paula, elder of the Methodist Church, professor of pastoral theology and psychologist, discusses the importance of palliative care, a health care able to attend people with a


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