St Paul’s University recently hosted Africa’s first and foremost woman theologian, Prof. Mercy Amba Oduyoye among other distinguished female theologians. Prof Oduyoye who is from Ghana led a panel discussion organized by the faculty of theology staff research seminars in collaboration with the office of the Dean of students to discuss the methodology and aims of African Women Theology.
By Dr. Wandera Joseph
The Faculty of Theology at SPU in collaboration with Danmission, a Denmark based Christian organization successfully organised a one week workshop on Teaching methods. The purpose of the workshop was to facilitate the learning among the faculty for effective teaching and learning.
The conference took place at St. Paul University Main campus at the Soteria Women’s Conference centre from 16th to 21st June 2014. The conference attracted more than 20 delegates from St. Paul’s University, Presbyterian University (Kenya), Carlile College (Kenya), Makumira University (Tanzania) and SALT( Madagascar).
The workshop was facilitated by Mr Egon Hedegaard from Danmission, Denmark and Dr. Richard Seed of the Organization of African Instituted Churches, who is also working with Faculty of Theology, SPU on curriculum review.
By Dr. Joseph Wandera
The world we live in today is the result of more than 500 years of Western colonial expansion and imperial design. Broadly speaking, this gave birth to a world system characterized by unequal power relations between the North and South witnessed today in various spheres. These inequalities are realized through racial, class, gender, religious, pedagogical, linguistic, textual, aesthetic, ecological and epistemological power hierarchies.
The Post colonial church conference hosted by SPU from 28th to 30th May 2014 aimed to explore how we can conceptualize and practice Church and Society in general in these contexts. How can we read the Bible in a post colonial context? What should be our practice of mission in present day contexts? How should we face issues of ethnicity and conflict in a post colonial context? These are some of the questions addressed in the hugely successful meeting of academics from across the world that took place at the Post Graduate Centre Hall. The conference was officially opened by Dr. Sammy Githuku, Dean Faculty of Theology. The meeting brought together participants and institutions from different parts of the globe such as Kenya, USA, Germany, Botswana and India.
What comes to your mind when you hear the name Christopher Columbus? The obvious answer would be that he was the first man to sail across the whole world! However, he also proved that earth is not flat but round. When people found the diary of this great explorer and adventurer, they were so excited. They knew that through reading the diary, they would learn a lot. Conversely, reaching the middle of the diary, the story became boring… for a good number of pages, Christopher Columbus just wrote, “And we sailed on”. Next page, “And we sailed on. “Flap five pages ahead, “And we sailed on” and on and on.