Religion & Society Blog

What the Pope’s document on Africa means for Zimbabwe

January 4, 2012 by Giovanni del Autore
Between  Nov. 18-20,  the head of the Roman Catholic Church Benedict XVI was on a visit to Benin, the pope’s second outing to Africa. The official motive was to present the conclusions from a 2009 Synod of Bishops for Africa, which Benedict did in the form of a 138-page document titled Africae Munus, ...

Views on the role of Mbuya Nehanda in Zimbabwean history (part 1)

January 4, 2012
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 we republish the comment in its entirety. Nonkululeko Vundla, I very much ...

Is Marriage becoming outdated?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 ...

Gospel album by Zionist “Abalandeli beBhomba” targets social issues

December 29, 2011
reprinted with additions from The Zimbabwean Last month, St. Peters Church in Zion of Zimbabwe released their first 12-track album entitled Hamba nathi nkosi under the leadership of Bishop KC Moyo. Bishop Moyo’s gospel group is known as Abalandeli beBhomba and their album is already enjoying airplay in South Africa. “We ...

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 ...

How to make Muslims more prominent in Zimbabwe?

December 23, 2011 by Mandla Tshuma
by Mandla Tshuma and Giovanni del Autore A delegation from Zimbabwe participated in the 2nd African Muslim Religious Leaders’ Summit (AMRLS) which took place in Istanbul between 21st and 25th November, 2011. This is where a former president of Comoros Mr. Ahmed Abdullah Mohammed Sabi said Muslims in Africa must ...

Sex and religion in Zimbabwe

December 1, 2011
 reprinted from Jewel Zimbabwe (July 2011) by Rebecca Hodes Zimbabwe is experiencing a religious revival, but the sticking point has always been sex, with a consumer culture that celebrates the joys of sex-on-tap – stilettos in the air, thongs to the wind – what can religion teach us about sex that ...
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