We congratulate Dr Nobre, lecturer at HEFSIBA in Northwest-Mozambique with his PhD that he received from the Faculty of Theology, North West University, Potchefstroom Campus on 18 July 2019.

His thesis was about “The calling of the Reformed Church in Mozambique towards gender equality in church and society.”

Miguel Nobre was born in Central Mozambique in a rural area called Fingoe, and as almost all the children of his time and environment, at an early age he joyfully tendered the cattle of his grandfather in the fields, during school holidays.

In January 2003 he was consecrated as pastor at Kawenga Congregation of the Reformed Church in Mozambique; presently, he is a lecturer at Christian Superior Institute of the Reformed Church in Mozambique, where he has also served as the Dean of Studies for the last six years.

In 2017, he has been elected the General Secretary for Mphatso Synod of the Reformed Church in Mozambique, for a four year tenure office.

He is married to Aurora Jaime Phiri Nobre and they have three children, namely: Alsides Nobre, Tessalónika Nobre and Ilundy Nobre.

In his thesis, The calling of the Reformed Church in Mozambique towards gender equality in church and society, he has explored the Mozambican society and the impact brought in by the Portuguese colonialism up to the 1960’s, the struggle of independence of the country from the mid 1960’s to the mid 1970’s and the 16 year civil war from 1976 to 1992.

Throughout the above-mentioned timeline, he has explored gender relationships and has showed how women have been discriminated against, in the church and in the society.

He has demonstrated that in the Reformed Church in Mozambique in particular, men erroneously use(d) Scripture to keep women out of office, thus compromising the full participation of women in the Missio Dei.

This thesis clearly calls the attention of the Reformed Church in Mozambique to make use of the recommendations herein towards gender equality, given that the ultimate purpose of this thesis was to assess how the Reformed Church in Mozambique can partake in the Missio Dei by promoting gender equality: firstly in the church; secondly in the society through her vocational calling.

 

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