A Message from Harare by Black Lutherans

by Simon S. Maimela (editor), James K. Echols, Albert Pero Jr.
Undated, apparently 1987
8 pages
Type: Pamphlet
Coverage in Africa: South Africa, Southern Africa, Zimbabwe
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Europe, North America
Language: English
Contents: I. AN INTRODUCTORY OVERVIEW • II. A BLACK CRITIQUE of the LUTHERAN HERITAGE • III. CONTRIBUTIONS and GIFTS of BLACK LUTHERANS • IV. PROJECTIONS of OUR FUTURE WORK • LIST OF PARTICIPANTS • The pamphlet says: We, African and African-American theologians and church leaders of the Lutheran family of churches, have met as a Conference of International Black Lutherans at the University of Zimbabwe, Harare, from September 4-12, 1986, to explore what it means for us to be both Black and Lutheran and to share our experiences of this doubly rich heritage; the participants comprised Lutheran pastors, teachers, students, church officials and bishops from the Lutheran churches in Africa and North America. The pamphlet says the conference brought together thirty-nine African and African-American Lutherans to dialogue with one another and to reflect together on the theme: "The Lutheran Heritage and the Black Experience in Africa and North America." The pamphlet says a number of lectures were read on such topics as: "Justification by Faith and Its Social Implications," "The Two Kingdoms Doctrine and Its Continuing Relevance," "The Theology of the Cross," "The Priesthood of All Believers," "Apartheid and Racism," "Ecumenical Issues," "Relationships to Ideologies and Non-Christian Religions," "Liberation Theologies," "Theological Education and Preparation for Ministry," and "Worship and Theology in the Black Context." The pamphlet discusses the eighth summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the Conference of International Black Lutherans (CIBL), Jesus Christ, the Christian faith, the Black experience, racial oppression, the Holy Scriptures, and the writings of Martin Luther.
Collection: Solveig Kjeseth Southern Africa Collection, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections