The Ecumenical Movement in Africa

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At the beginning of the modern ecumenical movement and in the years of formation of the WCC, Africa was considered a “mission field” with little ecclesial identity of its own. Africa came onto the “ecumenical map” in the early years of independence of its new nations and churches in the late 1950s and 1960s.

One after the other the churches which had obtained their autonomy from their “mother” churches in Europe and North America applied for membership with the WCC. Their presence and participation brought a whole new dimension to the agenda of the ecumenical movement with the rapid extension of programmes dealing with development, social justice, racism and conflict resolution but also evangelism, theological education, formation of the laity etc.

Read the free articles below to find out more about Religion in Africa:

The Ecumenical Review

HIV/AIDS: An African Theological Response in Mission
Isabel Apawo Phiri

Political Violence and Social Injustice in Southern Africa
Kodwo E. Ankrah

Leadership in the African context
Maake Masango

The Vashti Paradigm Resistance as a Strategy for Combating HIV
Mmapula Diana Kebaneilwe

Nation-Building in South Africa: Has Progress Been Made?
J.M. Vorster

International Review of Mission

Of Lions and Rabbits: the Role of the Church in Reconciliation in South Africa
Tinyiko Sam Maluleke

The Role of the Jewish Bible in African Independent Churches
John S. Mbiti

“Get Up … Take the Child … and Escape to Egypt”: Transforming Christianity into a Non-Western Religion in Africa
J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu

Ethnic Studies: An Urgent Need in Theological Education in Africa
Peter Nyende

Paradigm Shift in Theological Education in Southern and Central Africa and its Relevance to Ministerial Formation
James Nathaniel Amanze

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