oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - From Tambaram to Harare with Rev. Thompson Samkange
|Article Title||From Tambaram to Harare with Rev. Thompson Samkange|
|© Publisher:||Southern African Missiological Society (SAMS)|
|Journal||Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies|
|Affiliations||1 Religious Studies, University of Zimbabwe|
|Publication Date||Apr 1999|
|Pages||3 - 9|
|Keyword(s)||Conflicting theologies, Inter-denominationalism, Missionary Conference, Non-Christian religion, Orthodox Churches, Polygamy, Separatism, Witchcraft, World Council of Churches and Worldwide Christian unity|
Rev. Thompson Samkange was the first black Zimbabwean to attend an International Christian Conference, the one held in Tambaram-Madras, India, December 1938. Samkange was born and bred in Zimbabwe, where he also was trained as a minister in the Methodist Church. His attendance of the conference was a unique experience and he returned to Zimbabwe, determined that he should speak out on all occasions about the new truths he had absorbed and old, familiar truths that now became realities to be lived - among others, Christian unity, social reconstruction and economic order. Christians need to establish unity in spite of diversity and this can be achieved if churches do not stress their denominational character more than their being church.
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