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WG 01 Sorority: a new dance among and with women

Capitalism constructed the idea of competition among people and this remains up to this day. As a form of maintaining this practice, women were culturally taught that they are each other’s naturally rivals. Through patriarchy’s tricks, they learned to dispute over beauty, competence and even the best behavior, always in the search for the other’s approval. Because of this, they always didn’t learn that to create alliances among themselves might be good and healthy and, even, a strategy to overcome violence and abuses committed against women. Lately, the theme of sorority has been at the table, mainly in the social networks and feminist groups and groups of women as a way to search for bonds/networks among the different groups and being and agenda among feminist women. Sorority does not deconstruct the differences and does not forget the multiple agendas of women’s groups, but challenges to construct other knowledges, other theologies, other support networks in order to promote the dignity of and among women. This Working Group wants to reflect about this theme from the relation between gender and religion, the overcoming of violence and women’s empowerment, as well as the relation with the themes of the Congress: ecology, economy and ecumenism. Reflection about sorority and the 500 years of Reformation are also called to the sharing. This WG intends to bring closer different women and be a possibility for ecumenical dialogue and experiences in this wide territory of sorority.



Dr. Daniéli Busanello Krob - NPG/Faculdades EST - Brazil

Dr. Márcia Paixão - Universidade Federal de Santa Maria/UFSM - Brazil

Dr. Candidate. Thayane Cazallas do Nascimento - UNISINOS - Brazil

  • Daniéli Busanello Krob, Núcleo de Pesquisa de Gênero da Faculdades EST.
  • Thayane do Nascimento, UNisinos
  • Márcia Paixão, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria
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WG 02 Feminisms, identity borders and representation of gender: na intercultural dialogue

This Working Group intends to create a space for dialogue and sharing of school and community practices that dialogue with Gender studies and feminisms, strengthening the dialogues with the Social Movements and the practices of/with traditional and border peoples. It also aims at problematizing the constructions of meaning and the different levels implicated in the processes of cultural and gender discrimination in relation to the common-sense view, historically rooted and socially designed through cultural practices. It seeks to discuss the cultural and gender stereotypes historically constructed not only by geographical borders, but also separated by a symbolic border constructed through cultural practices.



Dr. Graziela Rinaldi da Rosa - Universidade Federal do Rio Grande/FURG – Brazil

Ma. Selenir Corrêa Gonçalves Kronbauer - Grupo Identidade/ Faculdades EST – Brazil

Ma. Eliana Müller de Mello – Universidad Anáhuac - Mexico

Ma. María Alicia Cisneros Patiño – Universidad Anáhuac - Mexico

  • Selenir Kronbauer, Faculdades EST, São Leopoldo/RS
  • ELIANA MÜLLER DE MELLO, Universidad Anáhuac
  • María Alicia Patiño, Universidad Anáhuac - México
  • Graziela Rinaldi da Rosa, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande/FURG
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WG 03 Gender, Religion and Politics in Contemporary Brazil

The proposal of this Working Group is to gather researchers from several areas of knowledge to, in an interdisciplinary perspective, discuss researches that involve the articulation between gender, religion and politics, mostly about those that analyze the acting of parliamentarians that, under the pretext of defending religious particularisms, set obstacles to the widening of women’s reproductive health and rights and the rights of the so called sexual minorities, in a way of producing tensions in the process of the construction of Brazilian laity and democracy when instrumentalizing the parliamentarian role as guardian of their own morality.



Dr. Emerson Roberto da Costa - UMESP - Brazil

Ma. Fernanda Marina Feitosa Coelho - UMESP - Brazil

Ma. Tainah Biela Dias - UMESP - Brazil

Dr. Claudirene Aparecida de Paula Bandini - UFSCar - Brazil

  • Claudirene Bandini, PUC/SP
  • Fernanda Marina Coelho, Universidade Metodista de São Paulo (UMESP)
  • Emerson da Costa, UMESP
  • Tainah Dias, Universidade Metodista de São Paulo (UMESP)
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WG 04 Biopolitics of Religion, Body and Sexuality

Space for reflection and presentation of papers involving studies about the relation between religiosities, sexual diversity and the different facets of control and destination present in human societies. The biopolitics are disciplinary practices that intend to control individuals through social political institutions, such as religious practices. This proposal seeks to make viable a space for debate about the religious practices and discourses used as means for correction and punishment, unveiling their behavior technologies. The idea is to unveil how a society produces a distinction between normal and pathological and constitutes systems of normalization.



Dr. Ana Claudia Figueroa - Instituto Darlene Garner das Igrejas da Comunidade Metropolitana - Brazil

Dr. Dário Ferreira Sousa Neto - Universidade Estadual do Paraná - Brazil

Dr. Candidate Ana Ester Pádua Freire - PUC Minas - Brazil

  • Ana Figueroa, Instituto Darlene Garner
  • Ana Pádua Freire, PUC Minas
  • Dário Sousa Neto, Universidade Estadual do Paraná - Campus Paranaguá
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WG 05 Defense of Rights with Gender Justice: Transformative Diaconia

In the current Brazilian political landscape, where the actions taken in order to guarantee the humans rights need to be strengthened and intensified, this WG’s goal is to present initiatives, projects, researches and narratives that are in line with the proposal of overcoming gender violence in the most diverse contexts and realities. Considering Transformative Diaconia’s the interdisciplinary character, it seeks to answer to the themes of this Congress (economy, ecology and ecumenism), dialoguing with the following thematic areas: economic justice, socioenvironmental justice and human rights. It will prioritize actions and researches involving solidary economic enterprises, cooperatives and associations of recyclable materials collectors, traditional communities and peoples and organization that work in the overcoming of domestic and family violence, with the background of gender reflection.



Dr. Angelique van Zeeland - Fundação Luterana de Diaconia/FLD - Brazil

Ma. Julia  Rovena Witt - Fundação Luterana de Diaconia/FLD - Brazil

Me. Rogério Oliveira de Aguiar - Fundação Luterana de Diaconia/FLD - Brazil

Ma. Márcia Herbertz - Secretária de Políticas para as Mulheres de Três de Maio/RS - Brazil

  • rogerio aguiar, Fundação Luterana de Diaconia - FLD
  • marcia herbertz, UNIJUI
  • Angelique van Zeeland, Fundação Luterana de Diaconia
  • Julia Witt, Fundação Luterana de Diaconia - FLD
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WG 06 Dance, kitchen, embroidery and music: other ways of meanings and flavors

Knowledge cannot be limited to only one method and discourse. That’s why we propose other ways of doing theology through knowledges, flavors and other senses. Ecosofia as expression and acknowledgement of the knowledges of peoples of Latin America represented by Latin American ecofeminist theology and saphiology represented by the thought of feminist theology of liberation as ‘expression of the Divine Sophia that calls all excluded, marginalized and dehumanized and to gather around her table’ (Fiorenza, 2003). Both have in common the acknowledgement of wisdom expressed and manifested through the strength of the excluded, in this case, especially as the strength of women. Those are forms of accessing knowledge and that we intend to do interweaving economy, ecology and ecumenism through: a) Kitchen as a theology that is reformed at every bite to be again tasted with new historical and contextual aspects. As a celebrative act of life through the announcing of a theology that feeds against a culture of hunger. b) Dance as an expression of a spiral and dynamic methodology for constructing a decolonial theology, and a theology of embodiment – territoriality. Manifestation of inclusion in diversity and plurality. c) Embroidery as a tool to weave intercultural, interreligious knowledges and ecumenical dialogues with women’s experiences. d) Feminist musicology as a focus that allows t observe and analyze the task of the “feminine” or “masculine” categories, as tools to analyze the differences that become inequalities in the music environment, with the purpose of making evident the exclusion of women in the history of Brazilian and Mexican music.



Dr. Edla Eggert - PUCRS - Brazil

Dr. Angel Mendes - Universidad Iberoamericana - Mexico

Dr. Citlallin Ulloa - Universidad Iberoamericana - Mexico

Dr. Marilu Rojas - Comunidad Teológica - Mexico

  • Edla Eggert, PUCRS, Porto Alegre/RS
  • Angel Montoya, Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México
  • Marilu Salazar, Universidad iberoamericana
  • Citlalin Ulloa Pizarro, Universidad Iberoamericana-Ciudad de México
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WG 07 Gender, Religion, Memory and Human Rights

This Working Group seeks to bring to the fore the debate about the central themes: gender, religion, memory and human rights, as a way to approaching the complexity of psycho-social relations. Thus, it will approach relevant themes such as: laity of the State, human rights, women’s rights, feminism, gender violence, insurgencies and acknowledgement of new sexual and gender identities, democracy, citizenship, as well as memory in relation to gender and sexuality, all issues worked under a multi and transdisciplinary perspective.



Me. Gabriel Maçalai - FAISA Faculdades e Faculdade América Latina/FAL - Brazil

Dr. Ivo dos Santos Canabarro - UNIJUI - Brazil

Dr. Joice Graciela Nielson - UNIJUI - Brazil

Dr. Rosangela Angelin - Universidade Integrada do Alto Uruguai e das Missões/URI - Brazil

Dr. Noli Bernardo Hann - Universidade Integrada do Alto Uruguai e das Missões/URI - Brazil

Lizete Dieguez Piber - Universidade Integrada do Alto Uruguai e das Missões/URI - Brazil

Dr. Candidate Paulo Adroir Magalhães Martins - Universidade Integrada do Alto Uruguai e das Missões/URI - Brazil

  • Rosângela Angelin, Universidade Regional Integrada do Alto Uruguai e das Missões (URI), Campus Santo Ângelo/RS
  • Ivo Canabarro, Universidade do Noroeste do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul
  • Noli Hahn, Universidade Regional Integrada do Alto Uruguai e das Missões - Campus de Santo Ângelo/RS
  • Gabriel Maçalai, FAISA Faculdades FAL - Faculdade América Latina
  • Paulo Magalhães Martins, Universidade Regional Integrada do Alto Uruguai e das Missões - Campus Santo Ângelo
  • Joice nielsson, UNIJUI - Universidade Regional do Noroeste do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul
  • Lizete Piber, Universidade Regional Integrada do Alto Uruguai e das Missões - campus de Santo Ângelo
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WG 08 Gender relations in sacred literature: implications for ecology, economy and ecumenism

Sacred texts and their implications contributed, and still do, in processes of sociocultural and economic changes and permanence in human history, established around power relations, among which are also gender relations. These texts can take on a role of ‘models of action’ in the transit of production, circulation and appropriation/rejection of enunciations, acting as powerful means of social intervention and mobilization. Sacred texts, thus, are understood as powerful communicative means that help to construct, consolidate, legitimize or change mindsets, values and behaviors. The sacred narratives reflect experiences of children, women and men, of diverse ages, classes and ethnicities, and a significant part of them were generated in sociocultural contexts of discrimination, exploitation and exclusion. Many are the narratives/experiences that can be seen as a countercultural space of solidarity and resistance that has implications in the identities, social, religious, economic relations, and in the living with nature. As symbolic (de)codification and polysemy of meanings, the sacred texts and their interpretations take part in the dynamics and power that hide and expose, interdict and promote several countercultural proposals and experiences, but also allow for hierarchical-dogmatic stands to become rigid in relation to the construction of identifications and heterotopic spaces.



Dr. Ivoni Richter Reimer - PUC Goiás - Brazil

Dr. Canidate Carolina Bezerra de Souza - PUC Goiás - Brazil

Ms. Stefani Niewöhner - Faculdades EST - Brazil

Dr. Flávio Schimitt - Faculdades EST - Brazil

  • Stéfani Niewöhner, Faculdades EST
  • Flávio Schmitt, Faculdades EST
  • Carolina Souza, PUC Goiás
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WG 09 Articulations and Proposals of Bem Viver

Bem Viver indicates proposals for a transformation of the world, based in the cosmopraxis and ways of living of indigenous peoples in the continent. Bem Viver destabilizes notions of development and progress for accumulation of goods and proposes a shared living based on reciprocity. Thus, Bem Viver questions hegemonic dichotomies (for example, private/communal, culture/nature, man/human, religious/secular) and naturalized categories (that cause, for example, racism, discrimination and sexism) as organizing principles of social life and power and offers an alternative that grows out of wisdom, resistance and persistence of indigenous peoples.



Ma. Eliana Cossio Coca - Universidad Mayor de San Simón - Bolivia

Dra. Lori Altmann - Universidade Federal de Pelotas/UFPel - Brazil

Ma. Nienke Pruiksma - COMIN/Faculdades EST - Brazil

Dra. Renate Gierus - COMIN/Faculdades EST - Brazil

  • Lori Altmann, Universidade Federal de Pelotas (UFPel)
  • Eliana Pilar Cossio Coca, Universidad Mayor de San Simón
  • Renate Gierus, COMIN
  • Nienke Pruiksma, COMIN/Faculdades EST
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WG 10 Gender, religiosity and aging

Many contemporary societies, ruled by values of production and consumption, despise the natural and inevitable process of aging, contributing to a mentality of devaluing and discard of the senior person. This fact affects the image a person has of herself/himself, as well as the way s/he deals with it. In this WG we will think collectively about this phenomenon and its individual and communal challenges, with special emphasis to issues of gender and religiosity.



Dra. Ilze Zirbel - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina/UFSC - Brazil

Dra. Elisa Fenner Schröder Webber – IECLB - Brazil

Pr. João Bartsch - Lar de Idosos Recanto do Sossego - Brazil

Pa. Carmen Michel Siegle - Secretaria de Ação Comunitária/IECLB - Brazil

  • João Bartsch, Lar de Idosos Recanto do Sossego
  • Carmen Siegle, Igreja Evangélica de Confissão Luterana no Brasil - IECLB
  • Elisa Webber, Igreja Evangélica de Confissão Luterana no Brasil (IECLB)
  • Ilze Zirbel, UFSC
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WG 11 Care for the common house: ecumenical contributions for Gender, Economy and Land Justice

This WG wants to be na invitation to the reflection and elaboration of alternative proposals from the diversity of perspectives that we are and represent as human beings. For decades we have heard and asked for the “care of the common house (oikos)”, however, if it is possible to list countless reports and actions developed in favor of this goal, each day there is a flood of news that restates how much is still needed to be done in this regard. The WG intends, while bringing to reflection this care for the common house – taking in account the main themes of this V Congress on Gender and Religion: Ecumenism, Economy and Ecology – to think and approach Life; care and restate Life in a world that each day seems to insists in potentializing death. Local and global death of dignities, relations, dialogues, democracy, rights, peoples, bodies trivially violated, ecosystems. Deaths that emerge as consequence of the implantation of the global neoliberal system and the market-empire that dehumanizes objectifying.



Dra. Nívia Ivette Núñez de la Paz - PNPD/Faculdades EST - Brazil

Dr. Rudolf von Sinner - Faculdades EST - Brazil

Dr. Elias Wolff - PUC Paraná - Brazil

  • Nivia Núñez de la Paz, Faculdades EST
  • Rudolf von Sinner, Faculdades EST
  • Elias Wolff, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná
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WG 12 Practical Theology, Cultural Expressions and Elaboration of Identities

At the heart of identity elaborations is the wish for the unconditional, moved by the human being’s ultimate concerns, at the same time in which the formation of an identity translates and is influenced by its ecological, economic and ecumenical surroundings. Such a process can be understood from the categorizations of Practical Theology, in the subareas of Liturgy, Sacred Music, Homiletics, Pastoral Counseling and Spirituality, mainly from the reading of cultural expressions that are born from such searches. This WG proposed to welcome and problematize studies regarding cultural expressions about identity and gender, mainly at the level of regionalities, observing the influences of the ecological, economic and ecumenical surrounding about them.



Dra. Geni Maria Hoss - Faculdades EST - Brazil

Dr. Julio Cézar Adam - Faculdades EST - Brazil

Dr. Renato Ferreira Machado - Unilasalle - Brazil

Dr. Nilton Eliseu Herbes - Faculdades EST - Brazil

  • Júlio Adam, Faculdades EST
  • Nilton Herbes, Faculdades EST
  • Geni Hoss, Centro Universitário Internacional - Curitiba - PR
  • Renato Machado, Programa de Pós Graduação em Memória Social e Bens Culturais - Unilasalle Canoas
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