Human Identity and the Gospel of Reconciliation: Agenda For Mission Studies and Praxis in the 21st Century: An African Reflection

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  • 1 Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya
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In her Presidential address, Philomena Mwaura explores the challenges posed to Christian identity in Africa by ethnocenticism which questions its authenticity despite a century of evangelization and the Church's tremendous growth. Tracing the markers of Christian identity to the New Testament which are characterized by transformation in Christ, love, unity and embrace of the other, she argues that only a people who are secure in their Christian identity can witness authentically to the Gospel and its appealing power. The ministry of reconciliation, as articulated by Paul, is an imperative in diverse contexts characterized by conflicting and competing identities that are ethnic, national and religious among others. The Church requires to equip itself for this ministry by being prophetic, vigilant, intrusive and in solidarity with the marginalized.

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