April 19

The Interpretation of Independent Churches of Africa

Guest Lecturer: Isabel Mukonyora, Department of Religion, University of Zimbabwe

Isabel Mukonyora holds three degrees: BA, Master of Letters, and Doctorate. She is currently visiting the University of Virginia as a Fulbright Research Fellow serving her sabbatical away from the University of Zimbabwe. Presently she is writing a book on gender issues relating to one of the largest religious independent church movements in central and southern Africa, the Masowe vapostori.

ABSTRACT: The lecture examines the various theories that have been put forward about independent churches and uses evidence of history to test their viability. In this lecture ideas about colonialism, missionary Christianity and African Religions will be brought together as factors that helps us understand the meaning of the term 'independent churches'.


Mukonyora, Isabel. "African Indigenous Churches: An Introduction to Independency."

Woodward, Kenneth L. 2001. "The Changing Face of the Church." Newsweek, April 16.