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Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Volume 37, Issue 3, 2009
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Volume 37, Issue 3, 2009
Source: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37 (2009)More Less
An ad hoc SAMS committee under the leadership of Nico Botha (General Secretary) and Genevieve James (Editor, Missionalia) was formed earlier in 2009 with the aim to produce an issue of Missionalia dedicated to Prof JNJ (Klippies) Kritzinger in recognition and remembrance of his 60th birthday. We agreed that contributions should be focused on the two related concepts of education and encounter, as we are convinced that these concepts characterise Klippies' educational praxis.
Author Alta KritzingerSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37 (2009)More Less
Missionalia came into our lives through the kind and great Oom David (Bosch) as mentor and promotor of your doctoral studies, just a few weeks after you and I met in 1976. As the founding editor of Missionalia, Oom David had made the journal part of his wife, Annemie's life too. He brought the hard copy manuscripts of the latest pending issues on his annual family holidays at Nature's Valley, and worked on them for part of the day while his family went to the beach.
Author Marita KritzingerSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37, pp 6 –7 (2009)More Less
My father is not afraid to speak his mind. He's never been one to shy away from saying things out loud. Saying the things people don't want to hear. Not allowing comfortable silences. When I was growing up and learning to speak English, he regularly used to correct my grammar and critique my creative writing. I hated it! I referred to him as 'correctional services' because it felt to me like constant correction of anything that I said or wrote. He never intended to hurt my feelings, but also he never told me what I wanted to hear. He told me the (sometimes uncomfortable) truth.
Author Nico BothaSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37 (2009)More Less
This celebraton issue, in honour of Prof Klippies Kritzinger on his sixtieth birthday, is indeed a fitting way of paying tribute to a colleague who has contributed immensely in a number of diverse areas over the last three to four decades. In broad terms I would like to indicate the church, the academy and society at large as sites where those who have been blessed in encountering him, have benefitted greatly from his virtually encyclopaedic knowledge on issues, his sharpness and creativity of mind and perhaps most importantly his deep commitment to the Christian faith. I must also mention Kritzinger's honesty and integrity in dealing with others, even when such would spark controversy or cause him to be marginalised.
Author Tinyiko MalulekeSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37 (2009)More Less
Author Allan AndersonSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37 (2009)More Less
Author Siga ArlesSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37 (2009)More Less
Source: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37 (2009)More Less
Dana and I wish to congratulate you on your 60th birthday. We trust that it is for you and your family a day of great joy as you look back on a rich life of mission teaching and church ministry. We treasure the experiences we shared with you as our colleague. We admire and feel inspired by your unselfish service to others and transparent quest for liberative justice in all that you do.
Author Willem SaaymanSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37, pp 12 –23 (2009)More Less
Author Madge KareckiSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37, pp 24 –36 (2009)More Less
Encounter has been one of the key areas of study and research for Klippies Kritzinger. It has shaped much of his missiological thought. With this as inspiration I have taken the missiological concept of encounter and looked at its relationship to the encounter that takes place in the stages of contemplative prayer. I first explain the nature of contemplative encounter and then relate it to missional encounter using Miroslav Volf's metaphor of embrace. Finally, I make a case for the need for mysticism and missiology to be brought into dialogue so that missional encounters are informed by the Missio Dei rather than one's own plans and programmes.
Author Jan A.B. JongeneelSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37, pp 37 –50 (2009)More Less
The distinction between cyclical and linear views of time and history is used to describe and analyse the belief-systems of African traditional religions, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and secularism (humanism and communism) in past and present Africa. Asian theologians such as M.M. Thomas and Kosuke Koyama and African theologians such as John S. Mbiti and David J. Bosch have each in their own way contributed to the rethinking of the line over against the traditional cycle. This article stipulates that in the contemporary setting of Africa the cycle seems to be much more powerful than the leading publications of Mbiti and Bosch suggest.
"You will be known as the people who rebuilt the walls, who restored the ruined houses." Challenges and opportunities for the churches in South Africa and CanadaAuthor P.G.J. (Piet) MeiringSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37, pp 51 –68 (2009)More Less
In South Africa the Truth and Reconciliation process has come to an end. In Canada, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has just begun to investigate the Indian Residential School system, a programme run over the course of 150 years by the Canadian government, with the co-operation of a number of churches which caused great harm and suffering to the Aboriginal communities. The article analyses the ways in which the South African churches and their Canadian counterparts can assist one another on the way to truth-finding, justice, forgiveness and healing.
The religious other as a threat : religious persecution as an expression of xenophobia - a global survey of Christian-Muslim convivienceAuthor Christof SauerSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37, pp 69 –89 (2009)More Less
This article examines xenophobia as a significant factor in religious persecution in contexts where Christians and Muslims live together, because "the religious other" is often perceived as a threat, resulting in restriction of religious freedom and social discrimination. The article explores a deeper understanding of the interplay between religion, xenophobia and religious persecution by examining the relevant data in the most extensive scholarly surveys on religious freedom / persecution in the world and draws on a new hermeneutical model of understanding the stranger.
Author J.J. (Dons) KritzingerSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37, pp 90 –110 (2009)More Less
A visit to Ethiopia revealed that enlightenment derived from travel is worth while. This article illustrates this by introducing the reader to the people and ancient Christian tradition of the northern highlands of Ethiopia. There is much in the history of this area, and the monuments of this tradition, but also in the present church life that are thought provoking.
"Solidarity with victims" : an appraisal of JNJ (Klippies) Kritzinger's contribution to the praxis of Liberation TheologyAuthor Z.J. BandaSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37, pp 111 –124 (2009)More Less
Liberation Theology has always been perceived as a black man's privy especially that whites have often been found as the common denominator in most forms of colonial oppression. Whites who purported to speak or act in aid of the liberation of the oppressed, who are the black majority in South Africa have always been viewed with suspicion or mistrust. This article evaluates Kritzinger, a white man, a theologian, a church-mission practitioner and his transforming interchange between critical missiological reflection and the grassroots practical exercise of this theology.
Observations on the spirituality of Martin Luther King Jr, Desmond Mpiulio Tutu and Barack Hussein ObamaAuthor Gerrie LubbeSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37, pp 125 –137 (2009)More Less
The spiritualities of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, Archbishop Desmond Mpiulio Tutu and President Barack Hussein Obama are characterised by a deep personal commitment to Jesus Christ. Flowing from this commitment, the understanding of all three men, of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, displays a holistic view of life. In terms of this understanding, God's care includes both the spiritual and social well-being of humanity. To all three, relations between religion and the state and between people of different faiths, appear to be natural extensions of their spiritual commitment and constitute issues that need attention.
'Finding a place under the African sun'
The search for new identities in post-colonial (Southern) Africa evidenced in students' writing in the Missiology course, Christian Action for Anti-Racism and Reconciliation at UnisaAuthor Reggie NelSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37, pp 138 –152 (2009)More Less
The Department of Missiology at the University of South Africa (Unisa) developed a course entitled Christian Action for Anti-Racism and Reconciliation in the late 1990s, under the leadership of Klippies Kritzinger. Initially the course was aimed at South African students, who had just emerged from the institutionalised racism of apartheid and colonialism. Recently students from other parts of Africa have enrolled for the course. They reflect on their struggles against racism and xenophobia. In this contribution I describe and reflect on the design of the course, I analyze a selection of portfolios submitted by students, and on that basis and critically evaluate the course in the context of 1) the current 'race discourse' in an emerging post-colonial Southern African society and economy and 2) a globally networked society in which the quest for social identity has become a primary missional imperative. I provide suggestions for the re-design of this course.
Author Klippies KritzingerSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 37, pp 153 –156 (2009)More Less
The following liturgy was written for the occasion of a tree planting ceremony held at the closing of the annual congress of the Southern African Missiological Society (SAMS) on the 16th of January 2009. It was held on the Sunnyside campus of the University of South Africa (Unisa) with the theme "Planet in Peril".
Prof. Klippies Kritzinger presented three Bible studies and this liturgy during the congress. This piece not only displays Kritzinger's spirituality and interconnectivity with the earth and but also reveals his amazing capacity for originality, imagination, creativity, worship and contemplation.