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“We Have Seen His Glory: Women in Ministry, Adventism in a Chinese Context” – Rebekah Liu

Date: March 26, 2011

Speaker: Ms. Rebekah Liu

Position: Ordained SDA minister in China and PhD student in New Testament Studies at Andrews University

Topic: “We Have Seen His Glory: Women in Ministry, Adventism in a Chinese Context”

Venue: Physics Amphitheater

Attendance: 53

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Presentation: Liu reviewed women’s subordinate roles in Chinese history (to fathers, husbands, sons, & community), contrasting this with powerful women figures (Emperor Wu, Generals Hua & Fan). Then she focused on modern China’s liberation of women (education, travel, divorce) before showing how Communism “cleansed” the Chinese SDA church (rid of corrupt leaders, promoted democracy at grass roots level, advanced women’s leadership roles). Women comprise 70% of Chinese SDAs & 24% of SDA pastors . China has 11 women pastors & 378 gospel workers (24% of total ordained pastors). China needs more pastors (male or female) for its 10,000 members.

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