Too much silence in the church

Rev. Dr Elaine Neueunfeldt. Photo: LWF/H. Putsman-Penet
Rev. Dr Elaine Neueunfeldt. Photo: LWF/H. Putsman-Penet

By Klaus Rieth

"Men and women belong together," said Elaine Neuenfeldt in her presentation at the Lutherans’ confessional meeting at the 10th WCC Assembly in Busan. "There is no women’s issue. All issues are women’s issues," said Neuenfeldt, and added: "There is still so much silence in the church. There is violence and sexual violence against women. We have to spread our prophetic voice against that!" Neuenfeldt asked "how to be fully human?" and suggested to build up a new process, new practices and new policies.


Reflections of a Lutheran participant at the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Busan, Republic of Korea, from 30 October to 8 November 2013.

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