Liberated by God’s Grace
Durante los dias 6 al 9 de Mayo en Windhoek, Namibia se llevo a cabo la pre – Asamblea mundial de mujeres con participación activa de alrededor de 100 mujeres de las diferentes iglesias miembros de la federación luterana Mundial. El mensaje de las mujeres fue presentado a la Asamblea el 10 y recibido con gratitud. Esperamos que algunas resoluciones sean tomadas en esta Asamblea para impulsar la plena participación de la mujer en todas las iglesias miembros de la comunión. Elizabeth Arciniegas como representante de las Mujeres de la Iglesia Evangélica Luterana de Colombia estuvo presente en este evento.
A continuación parte del contenido del mensaje de las mujeres Luteranas del Mundo a la Asamblea.
Liberated by God’s Grace – Are we fully liberated when our sisters (and brothers) are not? Our liberation is bound up together and is a gift of God.
“There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28)
1.We celebrate that through our baptism, we are liberated by God’s grace.
As women, we do not always experience this liberating grace due to our experiences of violence and from limited participation in church and society. Our experience of being liberated by God’s grace is hampered. We call for freedom from violence and for the full participation of women in church and society.
We celebrate the Lutheran theological tradition and the women and men who have participated in that tradition over 500 years. We celebrate the fact that women theologize, formally and non-formally, and that the church is enriched with our perspectives through preaching, publishing, teaching, organizing, and dialogue. What we all need is gender justice, and it is rooted in adequate biblical interpretation and true preaching of the Gospel. The truth of the Gospel revealed through a Lutheran hermeneutic speaks against gender injustice. “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10b(
We call for the member churches and for the communion to give a clear focus to holistic mission, which includes preaching the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ to all humanity and seeking justice and dignity for all because salvation is not for sale.
We therefore call for the member churches and for the communion to confront critical issues, no matter how controversial, including gender sensitive readings of Scripture and the use of biblical hermeneutics tied to power. We call for feminist Lutheran hermeneutics.
2. We celebrate that the Lutheran movement has been engaged in society over 500 years.