Aruna Gnanadason was director of the Women in Church and Society and the Justice, Peace and Creation programs of the World Council of Churches from 1991-2009. She staffed the WCC’s Ecumenical Decade of the Churches in Solidarity with Women. She earned a D.Min. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, California.
With Courage and Compassion celebrates the contributions of women to nations, societies, churches, and the ecumenical movement. While recounting the progressive stance the World Council of Churches has taken in recognizing the leadership and theological gifts of women, this book is honest about the many forms of exclusion and even violence against women in societies in the church and the ecumenical movement that persist. It calls for a transformation of unjust attitudes and systems.