Dream of a Church where God can be liberated from male constructs
Dr. Astrid Lobo Gajiwala is Catholic, her husband Dr. Kalpesh Gajiwala is Hindu. Mother of three, she has been living her Christian commitment in an interfaith family for the past 25 years, in a subcontinent where Christians are only 2.3% of the population.
Astrid is actively involved in creating policies in the Indian Church for women who form the anawim or “poor ones” – vulnerable, exploited, marginalized. She brings hope not only to the women of India, but to women throughout the world. Astrid is a fascinating woman, actively involved in science and theology at the same time. She has also committed much of her time to throwing the spotlight on the challenges faced and posed by interfaith marriages, as she encounters them on a daily basis.
An excerpt from “Journeying Into Communion”, by Dr. Astrid Lobo Gajiwala and her husband Dr. Kalpesh Gajiwala:
“Although I loved Kalpesh, it was not easy making the decision to marry him. I had so many fears, so many questions to which there were no readymade answers. No guarantees. Would I fit into a culture that I had been brought up to believe was inferior? Was I willing to accept the joint family and the loss of self it entailed? How would I cope in a community where women were mostly confined to the home? I couldn’t even understand the language! Then there were the religious expectations… “