The Revd Chad Gandiya, Chairperson of the Governing Council of ANITEPAM (the African Network of Institutions of Theological Education Preparing Anglicans for Ministry) has announced that Harare in Zimbabwe will be the venue of a consultation for African women in theological education in January 1998.
The meeting has become possible because of a substantial grant from the United Thank Offering of the Episcopal Church Women in the USA and other groups. ANITEPAM has wanted to support the ministry of women theological educators for some time and it has noted with regret that many African women theologians are now carrying on their work outside Africa. The purpose of the meeting will be to offer support to the small number of women theologians and to hear the key issues that face this group of trainers. "Our vision for this consultation," said ANITEPAM's Corresponding Secretary, "is that it will enable African women theological educators working within Africa to identify their own needs and priorities. ANITEPAM's role is as a facilitator who has no desire to control the agenda, but rather one who hopes the consultation will be empowering. If ways emerge for us to be a partners in some manner, we will of course certainly be open to possibilities."