Association of Theologically Trained Women of India

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Association of Theologically Trained Women of India
ATTWI
Established 1979
Type Fostering theological empowerment of women. (A Society registered under the Government of India.)
President Rev. Nirmala
Location , India
Affiliations Senate of Serampore College (University), National Council of Churches in India (NCCI)

The Association of Theologically Trained Women of India (ATTWI) is an association of Indian women theologians which was constituted in 1979 in Chennai.

It is an ecumenical organisation with more than 500 members.[1]

History[edit]

In 1977, Shanti Solomon and D. Hoeffer, a German missionary pioneered a conference for theologically trained women in Chennai with a three-fold purpose:[2]

  • to help the theologically trained women to explore ways and extend responsible participation in the total life and mission of the Church.
  • to focus the attention of Churches on the presence of theologically trained women among them and to recognise their potential.
  • to encourage theologically trained women to organise themselves into an all-India association to develop strategies for meeting their needs.

Another conference was organised in 1978 in Chennai. In 1979, an ad hoc committee[2] was constituted to draft a constitution for forming an association.

ATTWI became a reality in 1979.

Sessions, venue and topical sessions[2][edit]

  • 1979 (20–22 February), Gurukul Lutheran Theological College & Research Institute, Chennai, Theologically Trained Women in India - Dare, Share and Act.
  • 1981 (3–6 February), Jeevan Jyothi Retreat Centre, Hyderabad, Theologically Trained Women of India - Called to Serve.
  • 1983 (26–30 May), Queen Victoria Girls Inter College, Agra, New Dimensions in the ministry.
  • 1985 (17–20 January), Charal Mount, Kerala, Feminist Theology in the West and Indian Church's Response.
  • 1987 (26–30 September), UMT College, Calcutta, Christian Home - the Nursery for Christian Concepts.
  • 1990 (8–11 February), Animation Centre, Bishop's House, Nagercoil, New Dawn for Women.
  • 1992 (23–26 October), Mecosabagh Girls Hostel, Nagpur, Theology - A Faith Experience.
  • 1997 (21–24 January), Operation Mobilisation Retreat Centre, Secunderabad, Theology - Praxis.
  • 2002 (31 October - 2 November), Bosco Institute for Research and Development of Youth (BIRDY), Hyderabad, Towards a new community - a violence free society.
  • 2006 (3–5 May), Serampore College, Serampore, Empowered by God - Women transcend barriers.

Membership[edit]

Membership to ATTWI is presently restricted to those who hold a degree in theology offered by the Senate of Serampore College (University) or such other theological degrees recognised by the Senate.[2]

Appraisal[edit]

Publications[edit]

Executive Committees[5][edit]

Presidents
  • 1979 - Vanitha Nallathambi
  • 1981 - Saroja Moses Sangha
  • 1983 - K. K. George
  • 1985 - K. K. George
  • 1987 - Padmasani Gallup
  • 1990 - Navamani Elia Peter
  • 1992 - Navamani Elia Peter
  • 1997 - Jessie Nesakumar
  • 2002 - Evangeline Anderson Rajkumar
  • 2006 - Nirmala Vasantha Kumar

1979

  • President - Vanitha Nallathambi
  • Vice-President - Nalini Arles
  • Secretary - Katakshamma Paul Raj
  • Treasurer - K. K. George
  • Members - Shanti Solanki, Basanthi, Merian Mary, Principal UTC, President of AICCW, Executive Secretary of Asian Church Women's Conference

1981

  • President - Saroja Moses Sangha
  • Vice-President - Florence Deenadayalan
  • Secretary - Sumathi Williams
  • Treasurer - Susy David
  • Members - Smitha Pramanik, Shantha Kumari, Vatsala Christian

1983

  • President - K. K. George
  • Vice-President - Christina Lall
  • Secretary - Sarojini Prasad Rao
  • Treasurer - Grace Bai Joseph
  • Members - Nihar Nalini Chatriya, Smitha Rathod, Vimala Kantharao

1985

  • President - K. K. George
  • Vice-President - Christina Lall
  • Secretary - Sarojini Prasad Rao
  • Treasurer - Grace Bai Joseph
  • Members - Nihar Nalini Chatriya, Vimala Kantharao, Sumathi Williams, Hannah Joseph, K. David, Saroja Sangha, Navamani Elia Peter, Mathai Zachariah

1987

  • President - Padmasani Gallup
  • Vice-President - S. A. Benjamin
  • Secretary - E. Joseph
  • Treasurer - S. Devapalana
  • Members - S. Pramanik, Jessie Ranjan, Shanti Kumari, K. K. George, Bage

1990

  • President - Navamani Elia Peter
  • Vice-President - Nirmala Vasantha Kumar
  • Secretary - Rajakumari Joseph
  • Treasurer - Ratnavathi Babu Rao
  • Members - Rachel Matthew, Manoj Manjari Kumari, Grace M. Joseph, Padmasani Gallup, Narendra John

1992

  • President - Navamani Elia Peter
  • Vice-President - Vijayamma Prasad
  • Secretary - Florence Deenadayalan
  • Treasurer - Shanta George
  • Members - Suguna Devasundaram, Manoj Manjari, Awala Longkumer, Sennangshila Benjamin, P. C. Laltlani, Vidya Benjamin, Ratnavathi Babu Rao, Nirmala Susai, Shyamala Baby, Kunjamma Philip

1997

  • President - Jessie Nesakumar
  • Vice-President - B. V. Subbamma
  • Secretary - Soumini Jayan
  • Treasurer - Sabitha Swaraj
  • Members - Shyamala Sukumar, Margaret Prabhu, Ida Swamidas, Anne Bhosle, Sunitha Noronha, Ashwathy John

2002

  • President - Evangeline Anderson Rajkumar
  • Vice-President - Annamma Thariyan
  • Secretary - Pankaja Manilal
  • Treasurer - Ratnavathi Babu Rao
  • Members - B. Subhashini, Shanti Tilak, Basanthi, Christina Lall, Thankamma Varkey, Anna Mary

2006

  • President - Nirmala Vasantha Kumar
  • Vice-President - Susan George Matthew
  • Secretary - Limatula Longkumer
  • Treasurer - Krupaveni Prakasha Rao
  • Members - Susan Thomas, Leela Rajanandam, Ivaleen Ammanna, Kanthamani Christopher Raj, Lovely Mukherjee, Rualzamawii, Ravi Tiwari

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ ATTWI Handbook
  2. ^ a b c d ibid.
  3. ^ Wati A. Longchar, The Ecumenical Theological Education in Asia and the Pacific, Ministerial Formation 101, July 2003, page 6. [1]
  4. ^ Feminist Hermeneutics, ISPCK, New Delhi, 2002
  5. ^ ATTWI Handbook
Further reading
  • Sunil Kumar Chatterjee (2006). "Hannah Marshman - The first woman missionary in India". 

External links[edit]