Pan African Women of Faith “Third Thursdays Webinar Series on the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace”

In five episodes held on the third Thursday of each month beginning in November, the webinars will explore the following themes: “Answering the Ancestral Call of Legacy and Leadership,” “The Healing in Our Lament,” “Hope: Unity Within Diversity,” “The Celebration in Transformation,” and “Resurrection: The Diakonia at Work in the World Today.”

PAWEEN webinar series

The purpose of the Pan African Women of Faith webinar series is to provide an ecumenical and interfaith educational tool of intergenerational lectures. These lectures will be four 90-mintues webinar episodes that will highlight and demonstrate the uniqueness and individuality of a community’s canon while including the Pan African Woman’s (PAW) context.

The inclusion of both the respective Canon and African culture and tradition (connected culture of the diaspora and experiences) will be the foundation of each episode. Each episode will illustrate how PAW have a cannon within this community based on the stories and experience that connect us with an wholistic Pan-African approach vis a vis our head, heart and Spirit.

Episode I: Legacy and LeadershipNovember 19, 2020 
13:30 CET - 12:30 GMT - 7:30 EDT

Dr Agnes Abuom, moderator of the WCC central committee
Rev. Ofelia Ortega, Presbyterian Church of Cuba
Prof. Dr Esther Mombo, 
vice-moderator of the WCC Commission of Ecumenical Education and Formation

Rev. Dr Angelique Walker-Smith

Episode II: The Healing in Our Lament
December 17, 2020
13:30 CET - 12:30 GMT - 7:30 EDT

Dr. (Ts'gye Maryam) Rachel Titilayo Leslie 
Scholar of Religion in Africa. Associate Editor in Chief of Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Encyclopedia.

Dr. Ericka Elion
North America Governing Board of the Pan African Women’s Ecumenical Empowerment Network. She is a member of the State of the African Diaspora Parliamentary North American Cabinet. She has studied globally in ecumenical and interfaith environments and served in the United States Navy as a Cryptologic Technician.

Rev. Merlyn Riley
Ordained Minister of the Jamaica Baptist Union. She is the Immediate Past President of the Jamaica Council of Churches and Associate General Secretary of the Jamaica Baptist Union. A theologian, ecumenist and gender specialist with particular concern for vulnerable and marginalized people.

Rev. Dionne Boissiere
Chaplain of the Church Center for the United Nations (CCUN) and is the first woman of African Descent to hold this position in the history of this New York ecumenical and inter-faith landmark. 

Episode III: Lament, Hope, and the Bible – Jan 21, 2021
7:30 ET (12:30 GMT)



Rev. Robin Joynes: public theology research engages intersections of faith, spiritual belief, spiritual practice and the direct correlation of these values on public policy, women’s issues and sustainable governance in the USA. She is founding director of Daughters of Faith Network, an FBO focused on spiritual renewal and justice advocacy. Currently, Robin is a doctoral student at San Francisco Theological Seminary. She is also a contributor to the Ecumenical Review Journal October, 2019 edition focused on PAWEEN/PAW.

Rev. Dr. Isabel Phiri: African theologian, renowned academic and ecumenist Prof. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri is the Deputy General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva, Switzerland. A Malawian by nationality, Apawo Phiri was a professor of African theology, dean and head of the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics, and director of the Centre for Constructive Theology at the University of KwaZulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. She also served as editor of the Journal of Gender and Religion in Africa. She is also a contributor to the Ecumenical Review Journal October, 2019 edition focused on PAWEEN/PAW.

Rev. Dr. Lydia Mwaniki (PhD): Director for Gender, Women and Youth at the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), before which she was a lecturer at St Paul’s University, Kenya. She is a Postcolonial Feminist Scholar with a PhD in Theology and Gender from the University of Kwazulu Natal, SA and an Anglican Priest in Kenya. Dr. Mwaniki’s exceptional contribution to church and society as a scholar and astute advocacy in gender justice in Africa, received recognition by the Archbishop of Canterbury through The Lanfranc Award for Education and Scholarship on June 30th2020 https://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/news/latest-news/archbishop-canterbury-announces-2020-lambeth-awards-recipients . She is also a contributor to the Ecumenical Review Journal October, 2019 edition focused on PAWEEN/PAW.


Revd Dr Rachele (Evie) Vernon O’Brien is a former Theological Advisor and Programmes Manager for the Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) in London, England. Founded in 1701, USPG partners churches and communities worldwide in God’s mission to enliven faith, strengthen relationships, unlock potential and champion justice. We believe that ecological justice and our relationship with the world- and with each other- are critical as we look to engage in mission today. She currently has a role with Catholics for AIDS Protection and Support. She is also a contributor to the Ecumenical Review Journal October, 2019 edition focused on PAWEEN/PAW.

PAWEEN webinar 3

Episode IV: Reimaging the Future, Pt. I – February 18, 2021
(more details coming soon)

Episode V: Reimaging the Future Pt. II- March 18, 2021
(more details coming soon)