Religion & Society Blog

How to register and manage a church in Zimbabwe I

August 5, 2011 by Sindiso Moyo
In Zimbabwe there is no law that directly deals with the registration of religious organisations. However, most churches can register as non-profit making or charity organisations and the law that deals with that is the Private and Voluntary Act. Under the act, organisations that are registered are deemed to be ...

To practise Christianity without going back to certain cultural practices

August 3, 2011
reprinted from Newsday by Pastor Erasmus Makarimayi Human nature is so much obsessed with knowing beyond what is hitherto known. We go to school to acquire more knowledge. We all seek to be the first ones to have breaking news.  Everyone wants to be the first with results of which ...

World Youth Day – an elite event for the Catholics?

August 1, 2011 by Giovanni del Autore
My Catholic friends, here is a question that has been tormenting me since I first heard about the enormous efforts done by the parish in Entumbane to raise enough funds to send their only representative to Madrid for the World Youth Day this month. Is this spiritual event, in the ...

New book studies healing ministries in Zimbabwe

August 1, 2011 by Giovanni del Autore
Pretoria-based Orthodox deacon Stephen Hayes sent me this link about a recent publication by Unisa Press on healing ministry in Zimbabwe. Entitled African Initiatives in Healing Ministry, this book is a fruit of collaboration between Lilian Dube, who was the first African woman to earn a D.Th. (1999) from Stellenbosch ...

Fear in the Pulpit: Will Harassment Silence the Catholic Church in Zimbabwe?

July 13, 2011 by Gladys Ganiel
A recent cover story in The Tablet, the international Catholic weekly (June 25), was titled ‘Fear in the Pulpit’. It details the challenges facing Zimbabwe’s Catholic Church, which it says has been branded ‘an enemy of the state’ by Robert Mugabe and his ‘secret police.’ The Catholic Church made news ...

Is Christian business in Zimbabwe good business?

July 11, 2011 by Giovanni del Autore
It is amazing how many businesses in Zimbabwe, manifest their Christian identity. I am thinking of prayers on intercity buses before the beginning of the trip or Bibles available for clients at companies’ reception halls. Some time ago, I remember there was this debate at the European parliament about the ...

Spiritual writings by Francisca Zinyemba

June 29, 2011 by Giovanni del Autore
In her recent article in The Herald, Tendai Manzvanzvike reviews a spiritual book Entering into a New a Season of Holiness, Massive Breakthroughs, Fruitfulness by Francisca Zinyemba. An executive director with Standard Chartered Bank in Harare, Francisca Zinyemba proffers answers on deep questions of life: how to handle life’s storms, predicaments and difficult circumstances. ...

Mbare report from a Catholic priest

June 28, 2011 by Oskar Wermter SJ
I remember him well, he was the city councillor for our ward in Mbare. He had a keen sense of justice and helped our J & P group in settling disputes. During the violent disturbances of 2008 he was badly beaten: his leg was broken and he had a head injury, ...

The media tend to overlook Kunonga’s theological views

June 28, 2011 by Masiiwa Ragies Gunda
The running saga in the Anglican Church, Diocese of Harare has drawn international attention as seen in its coverage by such internationally recognized newspapers as the New York Times. I share in the sentiments expressed in a recent post … that the NYT and other media houses tend to emphasize ...

The NY Times article on Kunonga deciphered

June 23, 2011 by Giovanni del Autore
At the end of May, RelZim.org replublished the NYT article on the situation in the Anglican Church in this country. Several days later a blogger tmatt posted his reading of the article on Getreligion.org with lots of thought-provoking ideas. Eventually, he concludes that “the Times team didn’t really seem very interested ...
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