Thinking Theology: Human trafficking & Sexual Violence (November 2016)

Thinking Theology: Human trafficking & sexual violence
15–18 November 2016 

Take time to reflect on the Bible and be inspired to let God’s word shape your work.

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What is ‘Thinking Theology’? 

Thinking Theology gatherings provide space to reflect on what the Bible has to say about the pursuit of justice and the way in which Christians do development work. We believe that our theology shapes who we are and how we live as disciples, and that it should guide our work as well. 

The gatherings aim to support theologians, church leaders and other Christian leaders working in relief and development, helping to envision and equip them for holistic mission. 

Who are the organisers? 

Thinking Theology gatherings are coordinated by Tearfund.

Who are Thinking Theology gatherings for?

Whether you’re involved in church ministry, working for an NGO, or teaching or studying theology - Thinking Theology gatherings are for you.


The 'Thinking Theology: Human trafficking and sexual violence' gathering took place between 15 and 18 November 2016. 

The five-day gathering brought together 111 participants from seven different countries and featured plenary sessions, workshops and group discussions.

The gathering was organised by Tearfund with the aim of creating a space where people could explore theological ideas and issues that are related to human trafficking and sexual violence. Human trafficking and sexual violence are often hidden issues within communities. Nearly two-thirds of human trafficking victims are from Asia.

This space served as a way of inspiring and supporting the global church to take action to prevent, challenge and end human trafficking and sexual violence. It also provided an opportunity for shared learning to take place; participants were able to learn lessons from the experiences of others who are working to prevent, challenge and end human trafficking and sexual violence in their individual contexts.

Speakers included:

  • Elaine Storkey - English theologian, philosopher and sociologist.
  • Nikki Toyama-Szeto - director of the International Justice Mission (IJM)’s Institute for Biblical Justice.
  • Prabu Deepan - human rights activist and practitioner based in Sri Lanka. He currently leads the evidence-based work being carried out by Tearfund’s Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) team around engaging men and boys in positive masculinities and gender equality.

learning resources

This gathering report (PDF 632 KB) details key learning points from all of the sessions.

The Thinking Theology team