African Initiatives

Dr. Kenaleone Ketshabile

Dr. Kenaleone Ketshabile

Boston University hosts the second oldest African Studies Center in the United States, and is recognized by the federal government for its excellence in the study of African languages and cultures. The School of Theology is a vital component of African Studies at Boston University, beginning with the sending of graduates to Africa as missionaries over a century ago. Important African alumni include Bishop Josiah Kibira (1964 graduate), the first African head of the Lutheran World Federation; Dr. Kenaleone Ketshabile, Head of the Mission Desk, Methodist Church of Southern Africa; Yusufu Turaki, Professor and former General Secretary of the Evangelical Church of West Africa; and Professor Emmanuel Anyambod, Rector of the Protestant University of Central Africa.

Passing Out Trees

Prof. Daneel (Bishop Moses) and tree-planting eucharist

Africa research in the CGCM grows from the work of retired Professor M.L. “Inus” Daneel. His over forty-year presence among African Initiated Churches in Zimbabwe culminated in the 1990s with the largest tree-planting movement in southern Africa, and a program in Theological Education by Extension. The son of missionary parents, Daneel served as a missionary of the Dutch Mission Councils, and then as professor of African theology and missiology at the University of South Africa. He and Professor Robert co-edit the African Initiatives in Christian Mission Series, published by the University of South Africa Press. The goal of the series is to reflect upon contemporary African Christianity, and to document its expansion. Other Africa projects include the digitization and posting of Daneel’s photography, and ongoing research into southern African traditions of earth-care.

See also the Dictionary of African Christian Biography (DACB) listed under Digital Projects.

Dr. Marthinus Daneel, Africa Research Director

Panel on Christianity and Spirituality in the African Diaspora, March 27th

March 23rd, 2014 in Africa, Announcements, Dana L. Robert.

2014-03-22 17.34.31The Association of Black Seminarians presents a panel on ‘Christianity and Spirituality in the African Diaspora.’ The Panelists are Dr. Peter Paris, Dr. John Thornton and  Rev. Derek Muwina. CGCM director Dr. Dana Robert will be the moderator.

Date and Time: March 27th at 5:30-7:15

Place: CAS B 36

Dr. Fohle Lygunda visits the CGCM

June 20th, 2013 in Africa, Announcements, Dana L. Robert, Students.

Dr. Lygunda and Dr. Robert

Dr. Lygunda and Dr. Robert

The CGMC was delighted by the visit of Rev. Dr. Fohle Lygunda, Head of the Department of Missiology at International Leadership University (ILU) – Burundi, on June 14. Dr. Lygunda and Dr. Dana Robert discussed a possible collaboration for the Dictionary of African Christian Biography (DACB), which was transferred to Boston University in 2012. Dr. Lygunda previously worked as a Project Luke Fellow for the DACB at Overseas Ministries Study Center (OMSC) in New Haven, CT. He also wrote an article on Central Africa for the Atlas of Global Christianity: 1910-2010. Under his leadership, ILU-Burundi launched a master’s program in Missiology, in which doctoral student Daewon Moon has served as a visiting lecturer since 2012.

New article about Inus Daneel

March 22nd, 2013 in Africa, Announcements.

A new article has appeared about Dr. Marthinus Daneel and Zimbabwe in The Witness. Click through to the post to get the link.

Greetings from Burundi

June 11th, 2012 in Africa.

DaewonMoonDaewon Moon sends greetings from Burundi where he has been teaching a summer course for students in the missiology program at International Leadership University in Bujumbura.  Most of his students are local pastors and campus ministers working with Campus for Christ. Three of them are from DRC, one from Kenya and six from Burundi. DaewonMoon2