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HivAidsTwo new publications offer pan-African perspectives on key issues in theology, ethics, and public health.

Maryknoll, New York – The rapid growth of the Catholic population in African countries has been one of the key factors driving the shift of perspective within the church from Western Europe to what is called the Global South. Veteran Vatican reporter John L. Allen, Jr., has called the African continent "the most dynamic corner of the Christian map."

Two new books from Orbis illustrate this dynamic growth, focusing on issues of both church and society. The Church We Want (August 2016) is the fruit of a 3-year research project, the Theological Colloquium on Church, Religion, and Society in Africa (TCCRSA). The colloquium brought together 60 distinguished scholars and religious who represented a broad spectrum of cultures and regions. Their goal: to develop, model, and sustain a new process and method of theological reflection and study, at the service of the world church. The original essays cover a broad range of topics—ecclesial structure, the bible and the church, the role of women, the gospel of the family, and urgent regional and cultural issues, including the impact of Pope Francis environmental encyclical, Laudato Si'.

In HIV and AIDS in Africa (September 2016) the contributors address the myriad socio-political and spiritual questions raised by the 30-year-long pandemic. As editor Jacquineau Azetsop puts it, "AIDS is altogether a physical, moral, and metaphysical evil that has challenged medicine and human society. How do Christians in Africa reach out to the infected, and how do their communities—especially the Small Christian Communities—provide support to those in need? What biblical foundations can believers draw on in their lives and work, in roles from caregiver to public health administrator? While focused on the particulars of their African context, these essays have resonance for theologians, academics, and health professionals alike.


This fall a series of presentations by the editors and contributors will take place at Boston College (Tuesday, September 20th) Duquesne University (Tuesday, September 27th) DePaul University (Thursday, September 29th) and Villanova University (Monday, October 31st), to which the public is invited.

Wilfred Sumani and Peter Knox (eds.), The JOY of LOVE Made Simple for Christian Couples, Pastors, Youth and Laity (Nairobi, Kenya: Paulines, 2016).

The Joy Of Love

This volume is a contribution from Hekima University College to the pastoral methodology of Amoris Laetitia, to help the church in Africa fully embrace Pope Francis’s methodology. The format of this book is simple: it identifies the core themes, pastoral implications, and key quotes to assist readers understand and apply the message of the exhortation. As a pastoral guide, it is intended to be easily accessible, digestible, and applicable. The primary target audience are pastors and lay Christians. It is divided into sections corresponding to the chapters of Amoris Laetitia.

Each contributor focuses on a particular section and addresses the following questions: What is the central message of this section? What are the pastoral implications and steps called for in this section? What are the key quotes from this section? As readers will discover, the commentary is rendered in simple language but is insightful and stimulating for further engagement with the text and conversations. All the contributors are lecturers at Hekima University College, with the exception of George Macharia, SJ, who has recently graduated from the College.

 

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 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

For more information on HUC, visit www.hekima.ac.ke

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