Religion & Society Blog

How mature are Zimbabwean churches to carry the Good News overseas?

June 6, 2012 by Giovanni del Autore
Writing from the United States, Ken Mufuka in his essay “Roman Catholic struggle for identity!” invoked Zimbabwean Christians recently to sympathise with the trials and tribulations of the US Catholic Church. Mufuka argues that the gender discourse in America became so polarizing that the country’s Catholics risk either losing their faith ...

Traditional dance, Apostolics and child development in Zimbabwe

April 30, 2012 by Moses Chibaya
Efforts to revive traditional dance in some areas of the country are being derailed by religious beliefs among some sections of the community whose values go against traditional practices. The trend has added on to the multitude of challenges threatening the survival of the traditional dance sector in Zimbabwe, chief among ...

Just how rich is Makandiwa?

April 20, 2012
reprinted with corrections and additions from the Zimbabwe Metro Emmanuel Makandiwa, founder of the United Family International Church, roused Harare with a 61-piece Italian-made Public Announcement system (said to be the only one of its kind in Africa). He has also acquired a 500 kWa back-up generator for the religious meeting. ...

Chrisitanity and Zanu.. Zanu and Christianity

April 18, 2012
reprinted with corrections and additions from the Newsday by Rejoice Ngwenya  85% of Zimbabwe’s population claims the Christian faith, with a “church” every square kilometre in populated urban centres. Most rural funeral and wedding ceremonies have a “Christian” component. While political, business, community and institutional leaders are part of this ...

TB Joshua and Zimbabwean dignitaries

April 13, 2012
Patrick Kabwela argues in a Bulawayo 24 article that, despite the intense hatred expressed by some towards Nigerian prophet TB Joshua, many people across Africa talk with such rapture about him that you would think they couldn’t live without him.  Zimbabwe is no exception. President Mills of Ghana acknowledged the authenticity of ...

Mbare Report No. 106 Getting Married in Mbare

April 4, 2012 by Oskar Wermter SJ
This report is reprinted from IN TOUCH WITH CHURCH AND FAITH #171, a Jescom publication. Not everybody in Mbare is poor . Some people have their poverty alleviated by children or grandchildren who work in “Harare North” or in other parts of the globe. There is a man I know, ...

Reflecting on marriage in the forbidden month of November

March 26, 2012 by Sinikiwe Mlambo
According to Nehanda Radio, a Bindura magistrate earlier this week set aside the ruling by Chief Luscious Chitsinde Negomo which found Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai guilty of flouting marriage laws. The chief accuses Tsvangirai of violating traditional marriage norms which prohibit the undertaking of marriage formalities in November. As the case drags ...

On clothes and prayers at Midlands State

March 23, 2012 by Joan Musikavanhu
I am in Gweru. And it looks like everything is changed totally from the environment to the people. Especially the Midlands State University students. It is summertime. Blazing hot! You look to your left. You see young ladies –some in hot shorts, some in hot skirts, some in short dresses ...

Dr Gunda resumes blogging on religion from Germany

March 13, 2012
 RelZim recently received an email from our contributor Dr. Masiiwa Ragies Gunda, a leading intellectual of the Anglican Church in Zimbabwe.  Former Secretary-General of Zimbabwe Anglican Youth Association (1998-2000), Dr. Gunda currently resides in Germany as Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at University of Bamberg.  A former lecturer at University of Zimbabwe, he asked us to ...

What is needed to facilitate dialogue among religions? A Muslim view

February 24, 2012
by Ibrahim Mpache There is a lot that is required to make things collaborate in the faith sector in Zimbabwe. On top of the list is to avail such platforms that can facilitate dialogue among religions. With the imminent effects of globalisation, we cannot afford to isolate each other. We ...
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