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Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae

On-line version ISSN 2412-4265
Print version ISSN 1017-0499


KUMALO, Simangaliso Raymond. Reverend Linda Mandindi and the quest for black Methodist consultation: muted voices are enabled to speak. Studia Hist. Ecc. [online]. 2018, vol.44, n.3, pp.1-18. ISSN 2412-4265.

This paper reflects on the approach of Reverend Linda Mandindi to ministry in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa (MCSA). Special emphasis is given to the contribution he made as ninth president of the Black Methodist Consultation (BMC). I will highlight Rev. Mandindi's journey in the ministry, his struggle to candidate for the ministry, and the ways in which he dealt with ethnic and cultural challenges of being a black minister in a church predominantly led by white people. Rev. Mandindi's narrative demonstrates the liberating work of the church to black people, whom it empowered through gospel spirituality and education. The article presents a truncated biography in the context of the historic evolution of the BMC, its contribution to the transformation of the MCSA, and ultimately to our nation. I have divided this paper into four sections. First, I briefly discuss the founding of the BMC. Second, I look at Rev. Mandindi the man, with specific emphasis on his development as a progressive pastor and leader with a keen understanding of the political and religious landscape of South Africa. Third, I seek to appraise Rev. Mandindi's work and legacy. I conclude the paper by looking at the challenge that Rev. Mandindi's legacy presents to the MBC and the MCSA.

Keywords : Reverend Linda Mandindi; Methodist Church of Southern Africa (MCSA); Black Methodist Consultation (BMC); legacy.

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