Reconciliation, Justice, and Peace: The Second African Synod

Reconciliation, Justice, and Peace: The Second African Synod



This book addresses the theme of the Second African Synod on Reconciliation, Justice, and Peace in the wider context of globalization, inculturation, post-modernity, and pertinent socio-economic and political factors that shape the contemporary church and society in Africa. The 20 contributors represent a variety of disciplines and some of the issues discussed include:

  • Ecclesiology and the challenges of reconciliation, justice and peace in the context of crises, conflict, and poverty
  • Reconciliation, justice, and peace in Scripture, small Christian communities, and the church
  • Corruption, democratic principles, and governance
  • Integrity of the earth: environment, ecology, natural resources, and the church in Africa
  • The role of the Catholic Church in the public sphere
  • Women, leadership, and the theology of the church
  • Gender justice in the church and in African society
  • Interreligious dialogue (Christianity, Islam, and African Religion)
  • The challenge and ethics of HIV/AIDS prevention.



Publication Date



Orbis Books


Maryknoll, NY


African Studies | Ethics in Religion | Missions and World Christianity | Political Science | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion | Social Welfare


Table of Contents

Introduction: the Synod as ecclesial conversation / Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator

Church-family of God: the place of God's reconciliation, justice, and peace / Teresa Okure

On speaking terms: African religion and Christianity in dialogue / Laurenti Magesa

Language, politics, and religious dialogue: the case of Kiswahili in Eastern Africa / Festo Mkenda

The word of God as transformative power in reconciling African Christians / Paul Béré

Small Christian communities: promoters of reconciliation, justice, and peace in Eastern Africa / Joseph G. Healey

Inventing creative approaches to complex systems of injustice: a new call for a vigilant and engaged church / Elias Omondi Opongo

Toward a new social configuration? The role of the Catholic Church in the public sphere / Yvon Christian Elenga

Governance beyond rhetoric: the South African challenge to the African Synod / Anthony Egan

Agent of reconciliation, justice, and peace: the church in Africa in an era of globalization / Odomaro Mubangizi

"Woman, you are set free!" Women and discipleship in the church / Anne Arabome

Come, let us talk this over: on the condition of women religious in the church / Ngozi Frances Uti

The African Synod for those of us who stayed at home / David Kaulem

Theology, ecology, and Africa: no longer strange bedfellows / Peter Knox

"Let us first feed the children" (Mark 7:27): the church's response to the inequitable extraction of resources and related violence / Peter Kanyandago

The enduring scourge of poverty and evangelization in Africa / Nathaniel Yaovi Soédé

The Second African Synod and AIDS in Africa / Michael Czerny

Moving beyond the condom debate / Paterne-Auxence Mombé

Africa and the challenge of foreign religious/ethical ideologies, viruses, and pathologies / Paulinus I. Odozor

The scourge of corruption: the need for transparency and accountability / Gabriel Mmassi

Epilogue: a balancing act: facing the challenge of implementing the directions of the Second African Synod / Peter J. Henriot

Reconciliation, Justice, and Peace: The Second African Synod