The first part of the Twin Consultation will take place from 19 to 23 November, 2015. Participants will be hosted by Faculdades EST in São Leopoldo in the state of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil.
Rudolf von Sinner was born in 1967 in Basel/Switzerland. He holds a doctorate from the University of Basel (2001) and a habilitation from the University of Berne (2010). Since 2003, von Sinner has been professor of Systematic Theology, Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue at the Lutheran School of Theology (Faculdades EST) in São Leopoldo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, where he is also Dean of Postgraduate Studies and Research and Director of the Institute for Ethics. An ordained minister serving the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil (IECLB), he is currently the moderator of the WCC's Commission on Ecumenical Education and Formation. Among his research fields are public theology and religious pluralism in the secular State. His latest book is The Churches and Democracy in Brazil: Towards a Public Theology Focused on Citizenship (Eugene, Or.: Wipf & Stock, 2012). For a full curriculum see http://lattes.cnpq.br/5391368668845628.
Alexandre Brasil Carvalho da Fonseca, a Presbyterian layman, holds a doctorate in Sociology from the University of São Paulo (2002) and a post-doctorate from the University of Barcelona (2009). He is associate professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Since 2012, he has been working in the Federal Government on issues of human rights, social participation, social dialogues, religious diversity and public security, currently as the Coordinator-General of Security, Citizenship and Human Rights in the Federal Ministry of Women, Racial Equality and Human Rights. His main research fields are the sociology of religion, media, poverty, food and culture, and health education. His latest book is "Religion and Privileges: State, Secularization and Religious Diversity in Brazil" (2011, in Portuguese). For a full curriculum see http://lattes.cnpq.br/5047128974971884.
Theresa Carino is the Senior Research Consultant of the Amity Foundation. Over the last 30 years, she has authored several books and dozens of articles on themes related to Christianity and social development in China, China and Southeast Asia and the Chinese in the Philippines. A Singaporean, she taught Political Science at De La Salle University (Manila) where she headed the China Studies Program from 1983 to 1990. Between 1990 and 1997, as director of the Philippines-China Development Resource Center, she promoted educational exchanges between the Philippines and China focusing on issues of poverty, health, renewable energy and sustainable development. In 2001, she assumed the directorship of the Amity Foundation Hong Kong Office, working with an international ecumenical team to strengthen relations and mutual understanding between Chinese churches, Amity and overseas partners. Since 2010, she has been living and traveling in China, assisting in research and capacity building for diaconal work.
Dr. Esther Mombo is a Professor of African Church history, Gender and theology at St. Paul’s university in Limuru Kenya. Esther served for fifteen years in senior management of the same university moving from the position of academic dean to that of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic affairs from 2007 to 2013. Her research and teaching interests span the fields of Church history, with a focus on Mission history, interfaith relations, and theology and Gender studies with a focus on African women's theology, HIV and AIDS. While connected to the Universities of St. Paul’s, Dublin and Edinburgh, she has directed and examined over twenty post graduate students in research, most of whom are serving the church in senior positions or are teaching in theological institutions and private universities in different parts of the African continent. She has mentored over fifty women students now in church and religious organizations across East Africa. In 2007 she was given a honorary doctorate by Virginia theological seminary for her work in bringing to the fore issues of gender disparities and gender justice in church and society. Her recent publications include “If you have no voice just sing: narratives of women in search of accessing Education and service in church and society”. Esther received her Bachelor of theology from St. Paul’s University, Master of philosophy from university of Dublin Trinity College, PhD from Edinburgh University. Her study was on the Development of Quakerism in Kenya with special reference to the role of women. Esther serves in several ecumenical committees including the Commission of Education and Ecumenical formation of the World Council of Churches, Advisor of Education for All Africa Conference of Churches. Dr. Mombo is a gender activist, working with religious groups on issues of Gender and patriarchy in as far as the later affects women’s full participation in church and society.
She is an experienced conference speaker, both in Kenya and outside Kenya. She was speaker of the FWCC conference in Kabarak 2012.