muriel's book

My good friend Muriel has her book published in the UK next month. Here's the link at Amazon

She and I were computer lab study-buddies, both without computers 'back in the day' and typing away frantically during our time at Union. Muriel stayed on to complete her doctorate and is now back in the Philippines teaching at Silliman University Divinity School and generally being amazing. Hurray Muriel!!

The release notes read:
This critical survey of Asian christologies focuses on the need to recognize and end the oppressed condition of Asian women. Orevillo-Montenegro shows how the christologies brought to Asia by Western missionaries failed to take into account the reality of Asia with its great diversity of cultures and traditional religions. She then describes christologies developed by male Asian theologians and those developed by women in India, Korea, the Philippines, and Hong Kong, concluding that any Asian christology must liberate Asian women who suffer from poverty, oppressive cultural traditions, a lack of basic human rights such as education, and gender discrimination.

At Orbis Books you can read the introductory chapter.

Another Union STM graduate and great friend, Scott Rennie, has just returned from a visit with the Church of Scotland to Palestine/Israel. You can read more in his new blog.

STM graduates of 1999 wouldn't be complete without Storm, similarly in a highly creative stage - go Storm and bump!

Finally for this week's post, listening to Radio Four's Front Row podcast (a happy side effect of not being able to listen to Radio 1 online is the discovery of some Radio Four (horror!) arts and news programmes. That said, I'm straight back to Jo Whiley and Mark Radcliffe once I'm reunited with a radio.) I was delighted to hear that Ian Rankin's new book, The Naming of the Dead is dedicated to 'all those who marched on 2nd July.' I don't know anything about Rankin's work but it turns out he was at the Make Poverty History march and comments,
The Meadows was full of people smiling at each other, 225,000 people there and almost no police needed.

A fantastic event, quickly forgotten in the days that followed. Make Poverty History continues via the work of Christian Aid and many other organizations.

PS: This November is Will Aid month - if you haven't made a will, this is your chance to make one while donating to nine international development agencies and UK children's charities, including Christian Aid and NSPCC.