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Title:The church and the reconstruction of South Africa: an ecumenical missiology
Author:Kekana, Noko FransISNI
Periodical:Exchange: Journal of Contemporary Christianities in Context
Geographic term:South Africa
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/157254399X00401
Abstract:The author examines the role of the ecumenical movement in the reconstruction and development of society in South Africa. He first discusses the views on this subject of a number of authors, viz. B.H. Bam, K. Mgojo, J. Chipenda, K. Raiser, J.W. De Gruchy, and C. Villa-Vicencio. Next, he examines ecumenical thought on land, economic power, and education in the context of the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP). Then, he discusses the critical appraisal by T.S. Maluleke of the 'theology of reconstruction', and examines the question of the role and rationale for 'the Church as a vehicle for development', as S. Cross puts it. Finally, he pays attention to the practical contributions of the South African Church to the National Peace Accord, the Ecumenical Monitoring Programme of South Africa, the National Coordinating Committee for Repatriation (NCCR), the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), the Independent Electoral Commission, and the RDP. Notes, ref.