Welcome to CBE Australia
Christians for Biblical Equality is a non-profit evangelical Christian organisation for men and women that promotes a biblical basis for gift-based, rather than gender-based, service for men and women of all races, ages and economic classes. Our theology and membership is largely evangelical and we cross denominational lines. We are based in a number of Australian cities with active chapters in Melbourne and Sydney.
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CBE National Conference 2017
CHRISTIANS FOR BIBLICAL EQUALITY NATIONAL CONFERENCE
BETTER TOGETHER 2017: WOMEN AND MEN: ONE IN CHRIST
APRIL 28 - 30th APRIL, 2017
ST THOMAS ANGLICAN CHURCH,
44 STATION STREET, BURWOOD
|Dr Mimi Haddad, President of Christians for Biblical Equality International
||Rev. Patti Ricotta, president and co-founder of Life Together International, a ministry pursuing global oneness in Christ||Rev Dr Kevin Giles, a pastor-theologian who has published widely on women in leadership, ministry in the apostolic age and the Trinity.|
PROGRAM in Brief:
FRIDAY : 28th APRIL
DINNER : 7.00 for 7.30 pm start (BYO Drinks).
DINNER SPEAKER : Mimi Haddad: "Why a Good Lebanese Girl would devote her life to promoting Biblical Gender Equality? My personal and professional journey as a Christian feminist."
SATURDAY : 29th APRIL
9.30 Welcome to conference
10.00 Keynote speaker: Mimi Haddad
11.00 Morning Tea
11.30 Keynote Speaker: Kevin Giles
1.30 Workshops 1
3.00 Afternoon Tea
3.30 Workshops 2
5.00 Entertainment - "The Marketplace" - a clown, guitarist, artists, stalls and craft for sale
6.00 Informal dinner - Burmese Cafe will be catering for this.
7.00 Buzz Groups - Discussion groups on specific countries looking at attitudes towards girls/women .
The facilitators for these buzz group are :- Ivy Wong - China; Ann Munene - Kenya; Andrew Newmarch - Southern Africa; Wise Choices - Uganda; Michelle Sanders - Romania; Heather Rayside - Vietnam; Mary-Louise O'Callaghan - Solomon Islands; Elspeth Carr - Tanzania. Moyra and Cathy -Middle East/Egypt and Cathy-South Asia Teresa Thompson - India and Cambodia
SUNDAY : 30th APRIL
10.30 Church Service at St.Thomas' Burwood - Rev. Paul Perini - preacher, Michelle Sanders - Artist and Rev. Helen Dwyer - children's talk
or 9.00 St Hilary's Anglican Church, 12 John St Kew - Speaker - Dr. Mimi Haddad
or 10.00 St. Silas Anglican Church, Cnr Osburn Ave & Maud St Nth Balwyn - Speaker - Dr. Mimi Haddad
or 10.30 GWAC Anglican Church, 800 Waverley Rd, Glen Waverley - Speaker - Pastor Patti Ricotta
12.30 Lunch at St.Thomas Anglican Church, Burwood
1.30 Keynote Speaker: Patti Ricotta
3.00 Workshops 3
PARKING: There are less than fifty car spaces at St Thomas’ church. On-street parking near the church for Friday night and Saturday will be extremely restricted. Side streets have only half hour parking on Friday and Saturday until 9pm. Deakin University has given us permission to use their parking station in the Greenwood Business Centre on the corner of Station Street and Burwood Highway. There are 150 parks marked with white paint (do not park in yellow marked areas), some in the open, many covered. The entrance is on Station Street, exactly opposite Delany Avenue. The Deakin parking is on the same side as the church, about 400 metres (5 minutes) walk away, across Burwood Highway using the lights.
Please prefer this parking so that conference speakers, caterers, organisers and people with limited mobility can park at the church.
WOMEN, MEN AND MINISTRY
WOMEN, MEN AND MINISTRY by Peter Corney
The following takes a ‘meta theological’ or overall Biblical narrative approach in trying to answer the question – ‘What are the big Biblical ideas that help us to find our way in these issues?’
- Creation: We are all made in the image of God and therefore equal – Gen 1:27. Both the man and the woman are given the role to rule over creation – Gen 1:28. In marriage they are described as “one flesh”, a unity of equality - Gen2:24-25. It should also be noted that the Hebrew word translated as “helper” to describe the woman in Gen 2:18 means one that corresponds to the man or the other side of the coin and is most commonly used of God inthe OT. But the fall disturbs all this and introduces inequality and oppression –“he will rule over you” – Gen 2:16. The fall introduces into our natures the propensity to “the will to power” 1, usually over others and frequently men over women. There are of course many other ramifications of this disturbance in the created order like fear and shame – Gen 3:8-10. The whole plan of salvation is to rectify this disturbance and restore Gods original intentions, which of course includes the relationship between men and women.
The Healer - What is female genital mutilation
By Tim Bouquet
With his pioneering surgery Dr Pierre Foldès is giving thousands of victims of female genital mutilation a new life.
It is early morning and 34-year-old Sandrine feels her stomach tighten as she arrives for an operation at the sprawling hospital complex at Saint-Germain-en-Laye, a 45-minute train ride from Paris. In the pre-op room, she visibly relaxes as she is greeted by a tall, powerfully built, softly spoken man in his 60s.