Scielo RSS <![CDATA[Missionalia]]> vol. 50 num. 1 lang. es <![CDATA[SciELO Logo]]> <![CDATA[<b>'Pentecost of the city' Towards an African urban migratory theology</b>]]> Migration is a growing phenomenon affecting African cities. This article engages the current reality of migrants in the City of Cotonou, Benin, theologically. It re-imagines theological education for Cotonou to flourish by 2050, producing an African urban migratory theology that deeply engages the presence of migrants as contributors to socio-economic development. The central question is: How can theological education prepare Christians in the process of 'Pentecost of the city' and build flourishing African cities? In this work, I will engage with the ideas of urban theologians such as Ray Bakke. First, I will present the realities in Cotonou through the results of surveys. Secondly, I will focus on the historical issues of migration. Thirdly, I will explain the concept of 'Pentecost of the city' by elaborating arguments for an African Urban migratory theology. By doing that, I will highlight the necessity of change in curriculum. <![CDATA[<b>St Cuthbert's Mission Station: Fragments of living heritage, the archive and documentary filmmaking - 'the future of the past'</b>]]> This paper offers a reflection on a research project undertaken over a period of nearly five years at the St Cuthbert's Anglican community near Tsolo in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. St Cuthbert' was established by Father Bransby Key, an Anglican missionary in the nineteenth century. On a site visit with art historian professor Anitra Nettleton, we met elders who still remembered the missionaries and could relate to lay-worker Frank Cornner who collected beadwork made by the amaMpondomise even though the missionaries discouraged these practices. Cornner's collections are housed at the Iziko South African Museum in Cape Town, the British Museum in London and at Pit Rivers in Oxford, in the United Kingdom. The importance of recording testimonies of elders underlines the value of 'living heritage' as an added research tool in attempts to contribute to the existing archive, especially as many of the elders have since passed away. The elders recall their experiences with fondness and it was only at a later stage that the researcher encountered dichotomous reactions to the missionary project in the area. For the researcher / documentary filmmaker this tension presented a dilemma as the value of the testimonies could in no way whatsoever be undermined despite the challenges faced by practitioners at this time in the history of our country. My research does, however, point to the importance of constantly adding to existing archival collections of historical records by recording the lived experiences of relevant individuals. <![CDATA[<b>The Churches of Libreville and urban challenges</b>]]> Cette contribution est une invitation aux églises de Libreville, à se préoccuper des problèmes concrets urbains qui se posent avec acuité. Mais nous observons, que l'Eglise accorde peu d'attention ou pas du tout aux questions urbaines. Car pour bon nombre d'évangéliques à Libreville, se préoccuper des défis urbains est une distraction. La vraie et la seule préoccupation valable, selon eux, serait celle du salut des âmes. En négligeant ce mandat de Dieu de gérer la création, elle s'est fait rattraper tragiquement par les conséquences de cette omission, qui se traduit par Les crises urbaines, qui ont des conséquences visibles (congestion récurrente, pollution atmosphérique, gestion des déchets, îlot de chaleur urbain...) Ces problèmes interpellent les Eglises à Libreville à ne pas rester à distance des grands défis de la cité. Elles doivent donc s'y intéresser. leurs responsabilités est fondamentale aujourd'hui qu'hier à toute action pouvant contribuer à la compréhension des faits et proposer des pistes de solutions aux phénomènes des défis urbains. Pour cela il faut promouvoir des églises, qui ne sont pas enfermé dans un temple, mais qui s'épanouissent dans les enjeux sociopolitiques, socioéconomiques et socioculturels. Afin de bâtir de nouvelles rationalités comme réponse aux défis urbains dans la capitale.<hr/>This contribution is an interpellation to the churches in the City of Libreville to take concrete action in response to acute present urban problems that face the city. Currently, the Church pays little or no attention to urban issues that affect the City of Libreville. Many evangelicals in Libreville perceive giving attention to these urban challenges such as pollution, absence of waste management, heat waves, etc to be a distraction to the core business of ministry which is the salvation of souls. Against this backfrop, this contribution argue that this attitute amount to neglecting God's mandate to be stewards of creation. These problems pose serious challenges to the City of Libreville including churches and they therefore deserve theological/missiological attention. The Church should participate towards identification of root-causes for these urban challenges and in the process open the Church to flourish in socio-political, socioeconomic and socio-cultural spaces as she works towards solving these issues. <![CDATA[<b>Missio-pastoral and theological implications for migration and increased demagoguing in South Africa. A call to prophetic and transformative engagement with migrants</b>]]> This article highlights mission challenges presented by the intensified movement of people in South Africa with a view to identify opportunities for Christian mission and challenge demagoguing in the context of growing intolerance. Migration is identified as an opportunity for mission and discussed as one of the untapped resources not just for mission, but also for economic development and social transformation. Compassion fatigue and complex challenges presented by COVID-19 have eroded traditional roles that ensured hospitality to strangers and despite an increase in scholarly interest in human mobility, policy makers, politicians and economists have not taken migration flows within the South African context seriously. This has serious missional implications and requires restoration of ubuntu as a biblical imperative.