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Interpreting African Christianity – Anthropology and Theology in Dialogue

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University

Program

Workshop 2

Understanding the Christianization of Africa, 1st-2nd February 2010 Helsinki, Culture Centre Sofia, Kallvikintie 28

 

First day

2 pm Welcome; getting to know each other

 

2:30 pm Afternoon coffee

 

3 pm Session 1: Western and African contributions to the growth of Christianity in Africa

A. Tolo: Important factors with regard to conversion and Church growth among the Sidaama of Ethiopia

Tomas Sundnes Droenen: An African Discourse of Conversion - some Worldview Perspectives

 

H. Austnaberg: Baptism in the African Initiated Churches: The Quest for a Gospel Especially Relevant for Africans

M. Vähäkangas: Prosperity, the Gospel and Ethics in Africa and in Diaspora

 

6 pm dinner

 

Evening: sauna (+ swimming pool) and free discussion

 

Second day

9 am Session 2: African response to Christianity and Christian response to Africa’s health crises

J. Einarsdóttir: Missionary health care services, diseases and death

R. Flikke: Christianity, Healing and African Worldviews

 

G. Hallonsten: AIDS in Swaziland – A cosmological unbalance in the community and in the individual

A. Vähäkangas: New Communality in the HIV/AIDS Era

 

12 noon  lunch

 

1 pm News, projects and prospects in Nordic studies of African Christianity; Feedback and assessment

 

2 pm Afternoon coffee