Christians in several African countries, with issues similar to Northern Ireland, are doing creative and transformative work, but we rarely learn from this global context. This course will look at how the Church in Africa has developed innovative ways to impact their communities. Looking at how Zimbabwean churches have spoken out against injustice, or in Rwanda where we can learn from how the Church has responded with forgiveness and reconciliation following massive genocide.
Full Course Description
Global learning and the primacy of relationship – the importance and centrality of building authentic relationships and moving from theory to practice.
Umoja/Church Community Transformation – An African model of engaging with your local community which has been adapted for use in the UK and Ireland.
The Tree of Life – The Role of the Church in the Healing of the Nations. A biblical understanding of advocacy and where it is used in the bible.
Christian Advocacy – Practical lessons, models and examples from the Church in Zimbabwe.
Lessons from Rwanda – Forgiveness and Justice. How did the Church in Rwanda engage and respond within the community and political context following the Genocide?
Lessons from Rwanda – Reconciliation and Repentance. How did the Church in Rwanda respond and engage within the community and political context following the Genocide? How important was the role of the Church in modelling these things?
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