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Annotated Bibliography of WSCF Asia-Pacific Book Series Publications

Book Series 1-6 (1976-1978)


Cortez, Nael (ed)
Education and Liberation: Papers and Documents of ASFOR
Asian Secretaries Formation 1978

Book Series No. 6 (WSCF AP, Hong Kong, 1978)

This book is a report from the papers and documents of Asian Secretaries Formation (ASFOR) held at Satya Wacana Christian University Salatiga, Indonesia in co-operation with the Gerakan Mahsiswa Kristen Indonesia (Indonesia SCM). This meeting was the second to be held carrying the life and vibrancy of the Asian Secretaries Formation. Twenty-five participants attended this gathering from various church and movements within the Asia region, the Christian Conference in Asia, and the National Council of Churches in Indonesia. Contributors to the conference were Dr. Sutarno, Rector and Vice Rector of Satya Wacana, the President of GMKI Tony Waworuntu, General Secretary, Frans Allolerung. Lecturers and speakers were: WSCF General Secretary, Emidio Campi, Rev. John England who’s insights on liberating education and Christian formation.

Cortez, Nael (ed)
Women and Men in Asia (The Woman Question in the Asian Context)
Book Series No. 5 (WSCF AP, Hong Kong, 1979)

This is a compilation of position papers and documents from the WSCF Asia Women’s Workshop that was held in December 4-13, 1978 in Bangalore, India. As a project of the World Student Christian Federation there was a need to focus on the issues that faced women in both her oppression and liberation by societies where the majority are exploited by those who hold economic and political power. The contributors to the conference and to the publication of this book comprise of women who have had first hand experiences with the struggles of women within the Asian context. Gabriele Dietrich opens the book with comments on WSCF Asia’s stance on women’s issues, followed by a bible study by Nael Cortez, Theological Reflections by Florence Deenadayalan and Unjust Liturgical Traditions and Women by Arvind P. Nirmal. The book concludes with 7 position papers made by the workshop participants to the conference: 1) Our Stance on the Woman’s Question; 2) Our Biblico-Theological Perspective; 3) Women in Industries & Estate Plantation; 4) Tourism & Prostitution; 5) Women & Health Care System; 6) Cultural Aspect of Woman’s Oppression & Liberation; 7) The Women’s Project: Recommendations.

Cortez, Nael (ed)
Faith & Social Justice: Papers and Documents of ASFOR
Asian Secretaries Formation 1977

Book Series No. 4 (WSCF AP, Hong Kong, 1978)

This book is a report from the papers and documents of Asian Secretaries Formation (ASFOR) held in Manila, Philippines at the Union Theological Seminary in 1977. The foreword better summarises the reports and overall context of this book. ‘Faith & Social Justice’ was the central theme of the inaugural session of Asian Secretaries Formation (ASFOR); it was the focus of the action/reflection study and encounter of SCM workers and leaders across Asia in the context of the realities of Philippine society and the church. These documents were compiled together as part of the WSCF Asia Book Series so that the efforts of this gathering may be integrated with the continuing work of WSCF AP and SCMs around the Asian Pacific Region. The contents were: Bacolod-Negros Occidental; Bataan Export Processing Zone; Central Luzon & Dialogue with Cultural Minorities; Zamboanga Report, followed by lectures and reflections by Feliciano V. Cariño, Carlos Abesamis S.J., Levi Orcion, Sister Mary John. Finally the Pala-Pala statement summarises a unified degree of support and solidarity to the oppressed peoples, workers, students, peasants, managers and professionals and ethnic communities who have experienced the fragmented reality of Philippine society as a result of the Global reality of Third World people. (p93).

Dietrich, Gabriele
Would that all the Lord’s People were Prophets
Book Series No. 3 (WSCF AP, Hong Kong, 1979)

This book is a composition of 6 Bible studies delivered at the 27th General Assembly World Student Christian Federation, held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from the 30th of January to the 11th of February 1977. The overall theme for the conference is ‘Christian Witness in the Struggle for Liberation’ therefore in the opening chapter there are several presuppositions that Gabriele brings to the fore to help the conference understand in what context do they do their theologising and biblical analysis. Namely: a struggle for liberation is going; and secondly, there are Christians present in this struggle.

The back cover of the book stipulates that the best qualification that Gabriele has in leading a study among Asian people is her kindred spirit with the people of Asia, especially with the exploited and the oppressed.

Devananda, Sevaka Yohan
Living Dialogue: Documents of a Development Movement
among peasants and youth in Sri Lanka

Book Series No. 2 (WSCF AP, Hong Kong, 1977)

This is a compilation of documents based on articulation, action and reflection in the rural areas of Sri Lanka where Buddhist-Christian-Marxist dialogue was combined with collective farming. Sevaka Yohan Devananda articulates the community experience and the outcome of community dialogue with the local people. This book shows the beginnings, liturgies, and experiences of the local people and the Devasaranaramaya, Christian monastery. Devananda founded it on the indigenous lines, and a group of people that were committed to explore new styles of life and witness based on indigenous values relevant for today. The founding crux of this Christian Community was to create a forum of dialogue, analysis, and religious doctrine to the serious political concerns and study of land reform, this in turn then became the founding of a collective farm. This is a report that describes the lifestyle that Devananda has tried to implement among people of all religious and political convictions from the People’s Committee for Land Reform to the Collective Farm where the Youth were also active in the daily life and running of the Farm community. This book gives a historical and methodological analysis of inter-faith dialogue among within a Christian—Buddhist and Marxist community in the early 1970s in Sri Lanka.

Avila, Charles R.
Peasant Theology, Reflections by the Filipino Peasants
on their process of Social Revolution

Book No. 1 (WSCF AP, Hong Kong, 1976)

This is a theological reflection on the peasant life among the Filipino peoples, which gives a brief historical and current analysis of the social, economic and political influences in the Philippines since its colonial past from Spain and America. Charles writes not just to illustrate the problems of peasant people, but more importantly to illustrate how the peasant Filipino people have developed their own methods of theologising from their own struggles imposed upon them by the injustices of colonialism, politics, landlordism, and land ownership.