Waking the Giant Webinar on SDGs and theological reflections


The 3rd Waking the Giant webinar focuses on SDGs and theological reflections

Welcome to the webinar on October 21th at 14.00pm - 17.00pm Geneva time (UTC+2)

Agenda for the webinar:
  • Round of introductions (15min)
  • Why Churches and SDGs?
  • Professor Emeritus Dr. Kjell Nordstokke: Theological reflections on churches’ involvment with the SDGs (45min)

15min break

  • Panel discussion (1h)
    Panelists: Rev. Dr. Chad Rimmer LWF/Switzerland, Rev. S. Helen Chukka/India, Dr. Prof. Faustin Muhali/Tanzania and Nathaly Quito/Colombia. Bios of the panelists can be found below.
    Moderator: Dr. Ryan Cumming
  • Discussion (30min)
  • Wrap up (15min)
You are welcome to join the webinar by using this link: 
This time the webinar is part of a larger SDG training entity.
Learn more about the training from the Global initiative site.


Rev. S. Helen Chukka, doctoral student at LSTC – SDG 5

Helen Chukka is pursuing a Ph.D. at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. With an interest in the intersections of caste, gender and sexuality, her dissertation focusses on inter-caste marriages in India and the injunctions against interethnic/mixed marriages in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah in the Hebrew Bible. Her earlier work engaged biblical texts, Tamil and Telugu films, and grassroot realities of Dalit women. She is an ordained minister of the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church, India. Prior to her studies in the United States, she served the National Council of Churches in India as the executive secretary for the Commission on youth. 


Dr. Faustin Leonard Muhali – SDG 3, 4, and 13

Dr. Muhali worked with Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania as pastor, project and development secretary at the diocesan level, and as diocesan general secretary. Since 2006 he has been working with Tumaini University Makumira as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Theology to date. He has done research on concepts of poverty in New Testament and especially in the gospel of Luke from a Tanzanian perspective and supervised Master and Doctoral students on theology and development. He serves as Deputy Vice Chancellor for Administration, overseeing and advising the Vice Chancellor on matters of development and administration of the university.


Nathaly Quito, IELCO

Ms. Quito is a business administrator, specialist in the design and development of market research, currently serving as National Coordinator of youth ministry in Colombia, carrying out administrative and ministerial functions for youth in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia. Her work deals with issues such as: gender justice, climate justice, types of gender violence, new masculinities, among others. She also actively represents the Christian and Reformer sentiments from a young perspective. She also works as an assistant in the Diaconal action project responsible for carrying out the different strategic missionary planning of the Lutheran church in Colombia for the period 2020-2030,based on the three strategic axes of Evangelism, Diakonia and Discipleship.


Rev. Chad Rimmer, LWF – SDG 4, 13, 14, 15

Rev. Dr Chad Rimmer is a Program Executive for Theology at the Lutheran World Federation in Geneva.  Ordained in the ELCA, Dr Rimmer is a trained biologist and theologian, completing his doctoral work at Edinburgh University, in theological ethics, at the intersection of theology and environmental ethics.  He has served in Europe and West Africa for 13 years prior to his current position, where his work focuses on theological education and eco-theology.