Religion & Society Blog

Should Religious Venues be used for Secular Shows?

January 15, 2012 by Nonku Vundla
The past year or two has seen many international musicians coming into the Zimbabwe. A lot of these shows were held at venues that are also used for worship ceremonies. One such place is Celebration Center and last year the church came under fire for allowing a lot of crude ...

Rastafari in Zimbabwe Trust

January 14, 2012 by Nonku Vundla
The Rastafari community in Zimbabwe has been steadily growing over the past few years. The growth of the religion and the culture has led to the formation of the Rastafari in Zimbabwe Trust. I spoke to Ras Emmanuel about the trust and what it aims to achieve. What is RASZ ...

What type of Music is acceptable in Worship?

January 10, 2012 by Nonku Vundla
The term Gospel music has for me evolved through the years from the euro-centric idea of solemn hymns led by an immaculately robed church choir; sung to the accompaniment of an organ or piano.  The participation of the entire congregation in the singing was a momentous and welcome change as ...

Food & Religion (Part 1)

January 9, 2012 by Nonku Vundla
  Christians all around the world are going back on their diets after stuffing themselves with all kinds of goodies, as they celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ during the Christmas period.  Gifts were exchanged; families went on holiday, to church services and to parties.  However the universal aspect of ...

Views on the role of Mbuya Nehanda in Zimbabwean history (part 2)

January 5, 2012 by Nonku Vundla
Several weeks back we published a story about a second accident involving the Nehanda tree in Harare.One of our readers Dudu Masaiti had a lot to say in reaction to the story by our contributor Nonku Vundla. Below is her response to Mr Masaiti’s comment. With all respect due to me as ...

Is Marriage becoming outdated?

December 30, 2011 by Nonku Vundla
As a young person living in the 20th century, I’ve often wondered whether the formats for existence that applied to our parents still apply to myself. Everything has changed and the world offers more opportunity and freedom than ever before. From careers to relationships, to even general social norms, more and ...

Sustainable Christianity: Econet goes solar

December 26, 2011 by Nonku Vundla
The Bible calls on all Christians to be the light and the salt of the earth. One of Africa’s leading businessmen and publicly open Christians, Mr Strive Masiyiwa, founder of an international telecommunications company Econet, has done just that. Masiyiwa’s business acumen is as well-known as his philanthropic nature and his faith has ...

Have we lost Christ in Christmas?

December 25, 2011 by Nonku Vundla
In yesterday’s post I spoke about the commercialization of Christmas and how this sacred holiday has been turned into an opportunity for manufacturers to peddle all kinds of ‘festive’ products to gullible consumers. Despite the strong urge to refrain from the consumer culture, most of us seem to go down ...

The Commercialism of Christmas – It’s Not All Bad

December 24, 2011 by Nonku Vundla
Festive cheer has gripped the streets of Harare and with only 1 day left till Christmas, the excitement in most parts of the city seems to be contagious. This year I bought my children a Christmas tree and true to the age-old tradition, we all helped to decorate our newest ...

Nehanda Heritage Tree in Second Accident

December 24, 2011 by Nonku Vundla
At approximately 02:30 am on the morning of December 18, I was driving home from a party in the Harare suburb of Borrowdale when I noticed that a lorry had crashed into the Nehanda heritage tree. Despite the size of the tree stump it had caused extensive damage to the ...

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