Religiöse Gemeinschaften und nachhaltige Entwicklung


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Capacity Building Seminar: "Religious Communities and Ecological Sustainability in Southern Africa"


1. Welcome Notes, Keynote Speaker, Response and Green TLC.


Welcome Notes:

  • Philipp Öhlmann, Head of the Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Iyad Abumoghli, UN Environment Programme / PaRD WECARE Work-Stream Co-Lead 

Keynote Speaker:

  • Prof. Francois Engelbrecht, Professor at the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and Lead of the IPCC’s Special Report on the Global Warming of 1.5°C

“Restricting global warming under the Paris Agreement: benefits and the consequences of failure for Africa and the world”


  • Apostle Mangaliso Matshobane, Community Church, South Africa, University of Pretoria, South Africa

“Climate change and ecological sustainability – a religious leaders’ perspective”

Presentation of learning material on ecology for religious leaders in Southern Africa by the Green Teaching and Learning Community (Green TLC)

  • Dr.Tanya van Wyk



2. Working Group 1:  Eco-Theology with Dr. Loreen Maseno, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Religion, Theology and Philosophy, Maseno-University, Kenya 



3. Working Group 2: Eco-Feminism with Dr. Tanya van Wyk, Senior Lecturer in Spirituality, University of Pretoria, South Africa



4. Working Group 3: Local Multi-Faith Action with Kate Davies, Southern African Faith Communities Institute (SAFCEI), South Africa



5. Working Group 5: Sustainable Agriculture with Rev. Nicta Lubaale, Organization of African Instituted Churches, Kenya



6. Working Group 6: Preserving water from an Islamic perspective with Dr. Mohammad Gallant, Lecturer in Islamic Studies, University of Western Cape, South Africa and founder of the Environmental Affairs Department of the Muslim Judicial Council (SA)




7. Panel Discussion:

"How can religious actors become active for ecological sustainability in their contexts?"

  • Rev. Rachel Mash, Environmental Coordinator at the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, member of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network steering committee
  • Dr. Robekkah Ritchie, Post-Doctoral Researcher in Buddhist Studies at Freie Universität Berlin
  • Tahirih Matthee, Bahá’i Community South Africa Apostle Siboniso Ngobese, Gilgal Bible Church, South Africa



Videos Lecture Series 2019


His Grace the Right Rev. Bishop Dr. Barnabas E. Lekganyane gives a Lecture on "The Zion Christian Church: Praying for Peace in a Changing South African and Global Context"


Nicta Lubaale - African Initiated Churches, Ecology and Livelihoods.


Reverend Olubunmi Olushole Monye - Gender Equality


Rev. Dr. Michael Perry Tettey -the Role of Pentecostal Churches for Empowerment in Africa


Apostle Mangaliso Matshobane - Fruitful Cooperation for Development with Independent African Churches – Decolonial Perspectives


His Grace the Archbishop, Most Rev. Stephen N. Marete - The Role of African Independent Churches for Development in Kenya

Video Discussion Panel 2019


"Development Policy and Religion: What is the way forward?" - Panel Discussion at the Humboldt University zu Berlin in July 2019.
Chair: Gabriele Meister
Nicta Lubaale - General Secretary, Organization of African Instituted Churches
Reinhard Palm - Head of Africa Department, Bread for the World
Michael Plesch - Head of Division “Churches, Political Foundations, Social Structure Advancement Programmes, Religion & Development”, German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development
Claudia Zilla - Head of Research Division "The Americas", Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik – German Institute for International and Security Affairs.

Videos Lecture Series 2018


Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah - The Church of Pentecost and its Role in Ghanaian Society


Reverend Atinuke Abdulsalami-The Role of Women in African Independent and Pentecostal Churches


Pastor Don Makumbani - Development as Empowerment s

Videos Lecture Series 2017

His Holiness Pope Dr Rufus Ositelu | The Church of the Lord Aladura (Nigeria)
Theology of AICs – The Example of The Church of the Lord Aladura

Reverend Senamo Molisiwa | Council of African Instituted Churches (Südafrika)
Theological Education in African Initiated Churches


Lady Bishop Dorcas Maboe | St Johns Apostolic Faith Mission (Südafrika) 
The Role of Women in St Johns Apostolic Faith Mission


Venerable John Njeru Gichimu | Organization of African Instituted Churches (Kenia)
AICs’ Approaches to Development


Adebayo Anthony Kehinde | The Church of the Lord Aladura (Nigeria)
Pastoral Care for Youth in Nigerian AICs – Approaches and current Challenges