Church theology and practice have been accused of colluding in the oppression of women. The ideology of patriarchy is a major factor behind the control and subordination of women. 'Reweaving the Relational Mat' presents women's experiences of violence in Oceania. Drawing on theological and sociological analysis, the study critiques the ways in which the church has exerted power over women. The Oceanian metaphor of weaving the mat is employed to 'unravel' patriarchal relations. The volume presents case studies of violence against women in the Oceanian theological education setting and provides practical suggestions for future theological training. Reweaving the Relational Mat is an enlightening read for church leaders, theological educators and students of ecclesiology.
Joan Filemoni-Tofaeono has taught pastoral theology and directed a regional women's advocacy programme in Fiji. With Lydia Johnson she is developing a Centre for Oceanian Women's Theology and they have recently co-edited a publication of theological reflections by Oceanian women Weavings: Women Doing Theology in Oceania. Lydia Johnson teaches pastoral theology at the University of Otago in New Zealand and was a theological educator in Fiji and South Africa.
Prologue: Behind the Design 1. Interwoven Strands: The Fabric of Violence 2. Patterns in the Fabric of Violence against Women 3. Contextualizing the Fabric of Patriarchal Violence: Violence against Women in Oceania 4. Religious Strands in the Fabric of Violence against Women: Theological Misconstruals 5. Ecclesial Strands in the Fabric of Violence against Women: Church Traditions and Clergy Power 6. The Praxis of Violence against Women in the Oceanian Theological School Setting 7. Unraveling the Strand of Patri-kyriarchal Theological Education in Oceania 8. Reweaving the Relational Mat Epilogue: Final Reflections