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Third Community Sports Day

Hekima Annual Sports Day celebrated its third edition! In an atmosphere of celebration and at the presence of the Lord, the Jesuits of Hekima University College community, led by their Superior Fr. Deogratias M. Rwezaura, SJ, on October 20th at Don Bosco Sports Complex (Nairobi-Kenya).

The activities began around 9:00 am (local time) with opening prayer and the opening of the games by Fr. Deogratias M. Rwezaura, SJ. On the menu: volleyball, football, basketball and athletics (4000, 400, 100 and 200 meters).

The “Sons” of Saint Ignatius of Loyola thus engaged in various sports activities while always looking for the Magis. Among the various small community teams that were grouped for the occasion and that took part in these activities were: Kwetu-kwenu-Shahidi, the team that won the tournament, and which competed with teams like Maisha – Pamoja; Ushirika – Huduma. The members of the teams belonging to Fadhili, Huruma and Woodley were distributed in the various teams mentioned above.

The activities ended around 16 hours.

By Onanah Honore

Promoting Inter-faith dialogue in Kenya

The students from Hekima University College attended an open day at Jamia Mosque in Nairobi-Kenya, on Saturday, 27/10/2018. According to the Jamia Mosque Committee, the event served: firstly, to enhance a better understanding of Islam; secondly, to promote harmony between different religious and cultural groups; and thirdly, to demystify Islamic practices and traditions. The event was also attended by students from other universities around Nairobi. Seven students, accompanied by Rev. Dr. Peter Knox, SJ, Dean at Jesuit School of Theology, represented Hekima.


The event started off with a brief introduction to the symbols and rituals conducted by Muslims when they are praying in the mosque. This included the five prayers done during the day and the meaning of some Arabic words, to get a better understanding of Islam. For the following session, the participants were invited to Mihrab, the niche of the mosque that indicates the qibla (direction of Mecca), and in which the Imam stands to preach. The Iman of Jamia Mosque thanked the participants for having honored their invitation and emphasized the fact that as human beings, we come from the same God (Allah). Consequently, all human beings are called independently to their religion to live in peace and respect one another. According to him, Christians are closer to Muslims than any other religion. Muslims and Christians are called to cohabitation and collaboration. In addition to that, Muslims strictly respect the message that comes from God and preached by all prophets, including Jesus. Hence the prophet Muhammad constitutes the achievement of all prophecies.


For the last session, the Jamia Mosque Committee invited participants to the Multipurpose Hall where participants were invited to ask questions and give some remarks about the event. The questions asked by the participants were around the controversial verses in the Qur'an, the role of women in Islam, the importance of Jihad and hadith in Islam, Sharia, religious extremism, interfaith dialogue, conflict in the Middle East involving Islamic countries, etc.


From Hekima University College, Fernando Baleia SJ, a student of MA in Peace Studies, gave a brief remark on the significance of the event and congratulated the Jamia Mosque Committee for having organized the event. It was especially appreciated because two weeks earlier, Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations had organized its Third International Conference which focused on Religious Extremism and Violence in Africa: Reviewing the Practice of Intervention & Inter-Religious Dialogue.


In closing, the event allowed participants not only to learn about Islam but also to interact with one another as a better way to promote interfaith dialogue.
All the participants went home with an English translation of the Holy Qur'an from the Muslim Community as a sign of gratitude. We hope that other similar events will be organized in order to promote peace and avoid conflicts between religions.

Fernando Baleia SJ

Principal's Message to our Graduates!

Greetings!

On behalf of HUC, I congratulate all our recent graduates and welcome them into the Jesuit alumni family.

Dear graduates, you have proven to be good soil in which Hekima has sown its seed of Jesuit scholastic pursuit. Your years with us have nurtured this seed through the "4 Cs" (Conscience, Competence, Compassion and Commitment) that form the goal of Jesuit education.

The awards ceremony over the weekend is only a symbolic acknowledgement of your growth in the "4Cs".

As you go forth from us, be confident that you are greatly equipped with the relevant skills and competencies for the life ahead. Whether you eventually pluck attractive fruits off the job trees, or you become fruitfully engaged in religious/social ministry, yours will be the future. On you will the human society come to depend. Therefore, remember that all you receive in life is for the service of God and others – especially the poor.

Farewell, as we look forward to inviting many of you to work with us in the future.

Cheers and God bless you all!

Class 2018 Graduands

Inviting you to the ceremony to be held on Friday, 19th October 2018 starting at 9.00 a.m. at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa , Graduation Square, Lang'ata Campus, Nairobi. All graduands must be seated at 8.30 a.m.

Graduands' Holy Mass will be held on Thursday, 18th October 2018 starting at 10.00 a.m.
at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa , Graduation Square, and thereafter the Rehearsal. It is compulsory that you attend the rehearsal, failure to which you will not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony. Graduands are required to wear their gowns during the Rehearsal.

Hire of Graduation gown is at Ksh 3,000 and available for collection at the Secretary's Office (HIPSIR- Riara Campus) from October 15 - 16, 2018 from 9.00am – 5.00pm. The gowns should be returned by 12.00 noon on 24 October 2018. A penalty of Ksh 1000 will be charged per day for delayed returns. In case of loss of the gown, you will be required to pay Kshs. 10,000 for replacement. Each graduand will receive two invitation cards for their guests. This will be issued together with the gradua tion gow n. Please carry your National ID or Passport for identification.

I congratulate you for the successful completion of your studies at Hekima University College and wish you success in your future endeavours.

Opening of the 35th Academic Year at Hekima College

"Hekima College is not only a place of consummation of knowledge but also a place of production of knowledge," said Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, SJ, the President of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) during his speech at the opening of the 2018/2019 Academic Year this Saturday, August 18, 2018, at Hekima College in Nairobi, Kenya.
The opening of the new academic year took place in the Auditorium in the presence of the new Rector of the Jesuit Community, Fr Deogratias Rwezaura, SJ, the Principal of Hekima College, Fr. John Okoria, SJ, and the invited guest for the inauguration lecture, Dr. Chichi Amangbo, doctor in Business Management, Learning and Organization Design. Two main activities were held during the opening of the academic year: the inaugural lecture on Human Development and Spirituality, and the Mass of the Holy Spirit presided over by Fr. Orobator, SJ.

A Church in Dire Need for Real Committed Laity

webDuring the inaugural lecture on Human Development and Spirituality, Dr. Amangbo invited the audience to reflect on the kind of Church that pastors and priests are developing. Reading from her own experience of the Catholic Church, she observed that "committed Catholics think that their faith is connected to all the areas of their lives. However, they fail to express the truth in front of their pastors". According to Dr. Chichi, "parishioners shied away from taking unpopular stands to defend the truth even if their pastors are doing wrong". For her, it is a "blind obedience to the priest, a confusion between the word of God and the word of the priest". This kind of behavior is the fruit of a lack of spiritual growth because our faith calls us not only to respect the authority of the priest but also to speak up the truth whenever there is a need.

She presented various theories to support her claim of how the inability to express the truth before a priest demonstrates an incomplete development of the human person that needs to be looked at. She cited examples from Erik Erikson's stages of human development, where the neonate displays a behavior of Trust vs Fear toward hope. This corresponds to Lawrence Kohlberg's stages of moral development, where at the stage of good boy/good girl, people seek approval of others, have no critical judgment of a group or authority.

For Dr. Amangbo, priests and pastors should be aware that the problem of incoherence between Christians' faith and the expression of truth has been created by them. There is "a need of humility by the priests, a need to empower lay Christians to take unpopular stands in their churches and societies in order to defend faith and truth". As committed Catholics, we should be prophets in our churches, avoid to consider priests as persons with limitless knowledge and say the truth wherever we are in order to defend justice for the oppressed and the marginalized".

The Mystery of the Coconut

bator2After the inaugural lecture, students, professors and invited guests were nourished by the Word of God in the Eucharistic celebration presided over by Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, SJ, president of JCAM. In his homily, Fr Orobator raised a coconut and asked what is inside the coconut and how it is possible that there is water inside. For him, "we often use the word mystery frequently to designate things we don't understand like the water in the coconut. We call it God's mystery. However, that God mystery is simple like water in the coconut. The mystery of God invites us to celebrate the greatness of God". According to him, his "pre-Christian ancestors will also recognize the mystery of God in the milk inside the coconut, not the outcome of an imperceptible biological process. His ancestors "will not only recognize the work of God and wondrous act in the milk inside the coconut, but they will also rejoice and praise God for that mystery."

In fact, if our ancestors, through the mystery of the simple milk in the coconut, can recognize the greatness of God in ordinary things, then we are called to celebrate and praise God in the simple and ordinary things. He reminded us of the importance of being mindful of the work of God in ourselves and in the world: "Inspired by the water in the coconut, let us open our hearts to see, celebrate and collaborate with the presence of God in our lives and our communities. Whether as theologians or peace practitioners, it is possible to imitate God's action in the coconut". At the new academic year begins, Fr, Orobator invited the students and professors to also be "the light that irradiates people from their ignorance by liberating wisdom and truth, by working for justice, peace and reconciliation". It is important for him that "we too become like God".

The Eucharistic celebration ended in thanksgiving and praise to the Mystery-working God who poured milk into the coconut without opening its shell. All guests were invited to share the meal and cocktail with the Jesuit Community. Hekima College had the privilege this year to welcome more than one hundred students from various countries in Africa, Asia and South America.

By: Jean AMEGBLE, SJ

International Visiting Scholar Programme

 

Hekima College


Jesuit School of Theology and Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations
Nairobi, Kenya

International Visiting Scholar Programme

Hekima University College welcomes interested scholars to spend time in HC for teaching and/or research purposes. The aim of the IVS programme is to strengthen the international profile of HC by welcoming scholars from different parts of the world to contribute to the mission of HC by offering innovative and cutting-edge research and scholarship in theology and peace studies. IVS is envisaged as a mutually beneficial programme for both HC and the visiting scholar.

For scholars who are interested in teaching, IVS allows for a negotiable short-term period of teaching. Longer arrangements can also be made for one or two semesters.

For scholars interested in research or sabbatical programmes, the timeframe is subject to negotiation and agreement with HC.

IVS offers room and board for short-term teaching/research. Under certain conditions, HC will cover partial or full travel cost, depending on need. Opportunities exist for visiting interesting sites to enhance the overall experience of conducting research and scholarship in Kenya.

The IVS scholar is expected to propose a course for approval by the dean 6 months ahead of the projected date. When possible the dean could request and make arrangement with the scholar to teach a particular course depending on the need of HC.

HC also requests the visiting scholars who plan to spend a full semester to offer one public lecture.

Send inquiries to principal@hekima.ac.ke and dean@hekima.ac.ke