Writing is an essential tool, the way sister theologians in Myanmar can share their thoughts and ideas with people around the world and ensure the diversity of theological thought. Here, six sisters who participated in the writing workshop share their stories.
Global Sisters Report is not just a news hub. We are also a platform for sisters to find their own voice. "I don't know how to write!" the sisters usually say when they hear about GSR for the first time and we encourage them to write for us. But that's no excuse. For the eighth time, GSR is handing the pen to African sisters, proving that every person is a writer, and every person has a story to tell.
In October, when nearly 150 sisters came together in Nairobi from across Africa for the Hilton Foundation and African Sisters Education Collaborative Convening, most of the time was devoted to exploring the future of sisters and their ministries. But before looking forward, it is essential to look back at the stories that shaped each sister. Global Sisters Report led a writing workshop in Nairobi and, here, the sisters tell their stories.
There are hundreds of local languages across Africa, filled with sonorous tones that have exact words for the color of the earth after the rain or the time of day when the sun is just peaking over the horizon. To honor the diversity of these languages, Global Sisters Report reached out to non-English-speaking sisters for the first time with a writing workshop in Tanzania that was simultaneously translated into Swahili. Here is some of what they wrote.