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Faith in Action, Volume 1: Reform, Mission and Pastoral Renewal in African Catholicism Since Vatican II

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The volume is a publication of essays written from an African perspective that deal with the post-Vatican II pastoral issues while also developing recommendations and practices for treating the current and post Covid-19 crisis. Faith in Action, Vol. 1 is made up by an impressive body of theological scholarship containing profound knowledge on African issues and social challeges, that is also aware of African's huge potential to contribute to worldwide solidarity. It bears witness to the outsanding and transformative theological thought that is rising up in present-day Africa and that is guiding African Catholicism towards a bright future.

  • Explores the proceeding of the Pan-African Catholic Congress on Theology, Society and Pastoral Life in celebration of the 25 years of Ecclesia in Africa
  • Seeks to memorialise and actualise the dreams and commitments of Africa expressed in the Apostolic exhortations following the two synods for Africa in 1994 and 2009
  • Helps African ministers to examine how they have implemented the dreams and commitments made at the 1994 and 2009 synods to imagine a path for their future
  • A Statement of the Pan-African Congress
  • The Pan-African Catholic Congress on Theology, Society and Pastoral Life: On Doing the Work of God in Africa
  • Introduction: Faith in Action in Africa Stan Chu Ilo, Nora K. Nonterah, Idara Otu, MSP..

I. From Vatican II to African Synod II: Traditions, Transitions and Transformation in the Catholic Church in Africa

  • Why Tradition Matters: A Biblical Understanding of Tradition and Innovation in Christian History - Luke Emehiele ljezie
  • Reform and Renewal in Local Churches: Lessons of Rosmini and Pope Francis - Kurt Appel
  • From African Synods I & II to Pope Francis: Continuing the Reform and Renewal of Vatican II in the African Church - Stan Chu llo
  • The African Church Between and After the Synods for Africa: The Emerging Challenges and Questions - Bishop George Tambala

II. Memories of the African Synods: What We Have Seen and Heard

  • From SECAM to the African Synods: A Profile of Pastors in Africa with "the Smell of the Sheep" - Archbishop Charles G. Palmer-Buckle
  • Pastoral Vision of the Two African Synods for the Church in Africa: How Far, So Far? - Joseph Oladejo Faniran
  • Dreams of Mothers and Daughters for Faith Renewal in Africa: Revisiting the Challenges of the African Woman - Noelina Nakato

III. The Church in Africa as Salt and Light and the Family of God: The Social Mission of the Church

  • African Theology of Development: Successes and Limitations of Methodological Approaches - Idara Otu, MSP
  • Building Peace and Development from the Rough Grounds: My Story - Elizabeth Kanini Kimau
  • The Gospel According to Social Media: A Field Guide for the Perplexed - Gerald M. Musa
  • Communicating the Good News in the Era of Fake News: Lessons for Deepening of the Faith in the Light of Ecclesia in Africa - Walter Chikwendu lhejirika
  • The Church in Africa and the Challenges of Climate Change: Pathways to African Ecological Ethics Edward Osang Obi, MSP
  • Proclamation and Missio Dei in Africa: Reception of the First and Second African Synods - Florence Adetoun Oso, EHJ
  • A Forgotten Mission in African Catholicism? Migration Experiences from the African Catholic Diaspora in the United States - Theodora J. M. (Dorris) van Gaal
  • Afterword: Reflecting on the Pan-African Catholic Congress - Toussaint Kafarhire Murhula, S.J
“The publication of these essays provides Africa with a platform to make its contribution of theological thought, which could change things for the better in a world that is faced with many and complex challenges. It is my hope that the ideas shared here from an African perspective will contribute to worldwide solidarity in finding solutions to the prevailing crisis of the coronavirus and beyond, in a spirit of Ubuntu and mutual care for each other and creation.”

—Sithembele Sipuka, Bishop of Mthatha (South Africa)

“The publication of the excellent work of these experts her­alds a bright hope to the vital future of African Catholicism. This volume is unique because the essays deal with the post-Vatican II pastoral issues at hand, while developing some recommendations and practices of hope for dealing with some of the persistent social challenges of Africa that we will continue to deal with in what we hope will be a post-Covid-19 pandemic world.”

—Patrick Chukwudezie Chibuko, Catholic Institute of West Africa, Port Harcourt

“This volume captures the hopes, dreams, and disquietude of Africa, thus, reigniting the potential of Africans to be missionaries to themselves and beyond. If read with an open heart, mind, and right spirit, this book reveals to Africa, collectively and individually, what direction African Catholicism should take. Faith in Action (vol. 1) does not disappoint!”

—Agnes Lucy Lando, Director of Research and Postgraduate Studies, Daystar University, Nairobi

  • Title: Faith in Action, Volume 1: Reform, Mission and Pastoral Renewal in African Catholicism Since Vatican II*
  • Author: Stan Chu Ilo
  • Series: Faith in Action
  • Publisher: Wipf and Stock
  • Print Publication Date: December 2020
  • Pages: 448
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2024-04-05T16:09:09Z


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