This study theologises on the Urban Poor Women and Children with Academics for Reaching and Delivering on UNSDGs in the Philippines (UPWARD-UP) Project research team’s collaboration with the Alliance of Peoples’ Organisation Along the Manggahan Floodway (Alliance), Philippines. We posit that the theological process of see-judge-act, enhanced with evaluate-celebrate/ritualise, using feminist biblical characterisation in interpreting Matthew 15:21-28, serves as a spiritual resource for Christians working for the urban poor realisation of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The Canaanite woman challenged Jesus’ identity and mission impacting on Christology and ecclesiology. This characterisation makes her a vital example and companion for the Alliance women leaders in achieving their prioritised SDGs (1-No Poverty; 3-Health and Well-being [in relation with the Environment]; 4-Quality Education, and 16-Justice, Peace and Strong Institutions seen from the lens of UNSDG 5-Gender Equality) during the pandemic and beyond.
Ibita, M., & Ibita, M.S. (2023). #Choosetochallenge: Covid-19, community research, and the Canaanite woman. Acta Theologica, 180-199. https:/doi.org/10.38140/at.v35i1.6375