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Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Volume 36, Issue 2_3, 2008
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Volume 36, Issue 2_3, 2008
Author Genevieve Lerina JamesSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 36, pp 159 –164 (2008)More Less
Never before was there a more momentous time to examine the assertions of Christian witness than the dawning of the 21st century. Waves of change are sweeping across contexts of mission and missiology. In several countries across Africa unprecedented change continues with political, economic, environmental and social disorientation. Many changes bring disaster and devastation yet, there are some transformations, which bring renewal and rejuvenation. I trust that this change of editorship will be favourable and constructive, and not, distressful for SAMS and the journal. I want to place on record my thanks to the Secretary General of SAMS Prof. Nico Botha for his support, encouragement and vote of confidence in my role as editor. The nature of support from Botha was certainly a significant contributing factor to my academic and leadership formation.
Author Lee-Anne RouxSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 36 (2008)More Less
I am pleased to introduce myself to the Missionalia readership. As of 2009 I took over the administration of the articles and book reviews for Missionalia. I am presently working in the Department of Missiology at UNISA, as well as busy with my Masters degree in Theology.
Author Andrew E. WarmbackSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 36, pp 166 –180 (2008)More Less
This contribution is written as part of the quest for alternative economies, those that are ecologically sustainable. It focuses on the use of the "oikos" (home or household) metaphor as a tool to understand the relationship between poverty and the environment, and looks at the production of a particular theological document, The Oikos Journey. The theology that is constructed, termed oikotheology, is described. The implications of this theology for urban ministry are suggested.
Contesting inner-city space : global trends, local exclusion/s and an alternative Christian spatial praxisAuthor Stephan De BeerSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 36, pp 181 –207 (2008)More Less
This article explores global patterns in the spatial formation of inner cities. It indicates how such patterns often perpetuate multiple local exclusions contributing to de-humanising and de-humanised inner-city spaces. It then explores an alternative Christian spatial praxis considering ways in which communities of faith can engage issues of inner-city space, land and housing to facilitate possible prophetic alternatives to the dominant trends.
"Growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold ..." Change and continuity in the Council for World Mission 1977 to 2007Author Steve De GruchySource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 36, pp 208 –225 (2008)More Less
The Council for World Mission (CWM) is the successor to the London Missionary Society (LMS). In 1977, the Council took a bold decision to end the almost 200 years of European missionary hegemony, and to develop a new way of doing mission. It is now a global community of 31 churches with an equal share in common work and witness. Missiological reflection on CWM has invariably focused only on the changes made 30 years ago as though these were the only matters of importance. This paper argues that, on the contrary, a great deal has been learnt about mission through the work and reflection by the Council and its churches over the past 30 years. It identifies these lessons for the wider Church community.
Author Ramathate T.H. DolamoSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 36, pp 226 –241 (2008)More Less
This article proposes a whole new method of Africanising Christian theology. The author argues that there are three aspects that should be considered if we are to have a theology that would be authentic and relevant for Africa. Those aspects are indigenisation of the Church, inculturation of the Gospel, and democratisation of Africa. In order for such an African Theology to be more than just theistic but distinctly and uniquely Christian, it must be immersed and grounded in the doctrine of the Incarnation. Under indigenisation, the author looks at issues such as ritual, religion, myth, prayer and worship, and under inculturation, he examines culture, morality, ethos, taboos, theology and praxis. Under democratisation, the author takes up issues pertaining to socio-economic justice, development, reconstruction, and multi-party democracy, the rule of law, good governance, accountability, constitutionality and transparency.
Author Gerald WestSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 36, pp 242 –258 (2008)More Less
In standard treatments of the history of Christianity in Africa, the history of the Church in Africa, or the history and role of the Bible in Africa, the analytical attention given to North Africa is relatively minor, serving mainly as a prelude to the substantive story of Christianity, the church, or the Bible in missionary-colonial sub-Saharan Africa. And when North Africa does receive substantial attention in its own right, the focus has been on recovering the presence of Africans and Africa in the Bible. The focus of this article is the construction, reception, and interpretation of the Bible in North Africa. In other words, this article assumes that North Africa is African, including Mediterranean North Africa and Coptic, Nubian, and Ethiopian Africa. Furthermore, this article argues that North Africa does more than provide people and places that appear in the Bible. North Africa actually plays a role in the very construction of the Bible, and then goes on to engage with it in distinctive and substantive ways.
Author Olufunke AdeboyeSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 36, pp 259 –279 (2008)More Less
Doing Prophetic Theology between God and the monarchy in Swaziland : the legacy of Joshua Bhekinkosi MziziAuthor Simangaliso R. KumaloSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 36, pp 280 –298 (2008)More Less
The article examines Mzizi's work as a Liberation Theologian, activist-intellectual and prophet. Emphasis is placed on this radical intellectual's decision to be critical of the Church and its subservient relationship with the monarchy and his attempt to expose the untruthful claims of the system of religion, especially Christianity, as its foundation. It is demonstrated that Mzizi responded creatively and prophetically to the ambiguous and pathological role that is played by the Church in the struggle for a democratic Swaziland. His unprecedented critical analysis of the three forms of Churches - the apolitical evangelicals, the pro-monarchy Zionists and the ambiguous mainline churches - is analysed and appraised in the article. His ability to bring into dialogue Human Rights and Liberation Theology is examined together with his critical exposition of Somhloloism, the Swazi view of Church-State relations.
Author Masiiwa Ragies GundaSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 36, pp 299 –318 (2008)More Less
This article addresses the events surrounding the election in 2001 of Nolbert Kunonga as the Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Harare. Beginning with the problems leading to the election itself, the paper traces the trail of self-serving policies pursued by Bishop Kunonga from the time he assumed office. From the terrorising of Priests and lay persons in the church, to the massive recruitment of Priests from the Roman Catholic Church and the fast-track ordinations of loyalists, the paper sees in Kunonga a Bishop bent on building an empire rather than serving the spiritual and physical needs of the sheep under his guidance. Basing his relationship to ZANU-PF on a warped "land theology", the Bishop has continued to be one of the few religious leaders giving Mugabe some moral legitimacy. The paper also looks at how the reign of Kunonga can be seen as an indictment of the current system of electing Bishops in the Anglican Church.
"The body of Christ has AIDS" A study on the notion of the body of Christ in African theologies responding to HIV and AIDSAuthor Adriaan S. Van KlinkenSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 36, pp 319 –336 (2008)More Less
In the responses of African theologians to the challenges raised by HIV and AIDS, they often refer to the metaphor of the body of Christ. This article investigates how this metaphor is used and understood by African theologians and why it has become so prominent in their reflections on the reality of HIV and AIDS. Two dimensions of the metaphor are highlighted: an ecclesiological one, concerning the Church and its mission in the context of HIV and AIDS, and a sacramental one, concerning the significance of the Eucharist/Holy Communion in the HIV and AIDS context. It is argued that the particular attraction of the metaphor is in its notion of solidarity. For this reason "the body of Christ" has become a central biblical metaphor in what can be called an HIV and AIDS liberation theology. Furthermore, it is argued that the use of the metaphor of the body of Christ in African theologies responding to HIV and AIDS has a theological impact that transcends the African context. This raises critical questions for Christian Churches and for theology worldwide.
Author J.N.J. (Klippies) KritzingerSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 36, pp 337 –338 (2008)More Less
This responsive liturgy was created for the worship of the Melodi ya Tshwane congregation of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA) in the inner city of Pretoria. Like many Reformed congregations, all the way back to John Calvin's liturgy in Geneva, the congregation usually starts its liturgy with the liturgist reading Ps 121:1f, often spoken in the first person plural rather than in the singular (as in the Psalm). Since words wear thin with repetition, I decided to clarify for myself (and for the congregation) what we mean by the "hills" to which we "look up for help" rather than to our faithful creator God.
Source: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 36 (2008)More Less