South Africa religion

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Africa Inter Mennonite Mission
Organized as the Congo Inland Mission in 1912. Based in Elkhart, Indiana. Describes their work in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo (former Zaire), Lesotho, Senegal, South Africa. Has full text articles from their journal, Messenger. Has an e-mail list.
For other Mennonite sources see: MennoLink - Mennonite Information Center -

Africa South of the Sahara - Religion
Annotated directory of African Christianity, Islam in Africa, Judaism in Africa, Traditional Religion in Africa, and history and religion on the Internet.

African Christian Democratic Party
"The ACDP stands for: Christian principles, freedom of religion, an open market economy, family values, community empowerment and human rights in a federal system."

African Enterprise
"African Enterprise has been engaged in evangelistic campaigns in Africa since 1962." Has missions in Kigali, Rwanda, Kampala, Uganda, Accra, Ghana, and Egypt. Has online issues of their SACLA News. Janet Museveni, First Lady of Uganda, was keynote speaker at their conference. Based in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. [KF]

African Traditional Religions - Irving Hexham
Has the full text of Atoms and Ancestors, by Frederick B. Welbourn (1968) which Prof. Hexham cites as "a classic introduction to African religions." Also has Welbourn's "A Sacral Kingship in Buganda? An Essay in the Meaning of 'Religion," his "Towards a Definition of Religion," and "An Empirical Approach to Ghosts." Also has: "Christian Responses to Witchcraft and Sorcery" by Stephen Hayes, originally published in Missionalia, Vol 23, No 3, Nov 1995 and information about Isiah Shembe, the Zulu prophet and founder of an independent church. The web site is part of  Irving Hexham's Nurel Home Page. Hexham isProfessor, Department of Religious Studies, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada.

Amandla Awethu- Religious Organizations
Links to South African religious organizations. Information from Prodder. Hosted on the Amandla Awethu web site.

Baha'i Society at the University of the Witwatersrand
"The Baha'i Society represents the ethnical, cultural and religious diversity of South Africa. It is modelled on the teachings of the Baha'i Faith which include: - world peace - racial unity - gender equality - universal education - independent investigation of truth."

Reinhard Bonnke
Evangelist, faith healer, who founded Christ for all Nations, CfaN. Its primary focus is Africa. Information on his gospel campaigns in Benin (where he met with Pres. Mathieu Kerekou), The Gambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Togo. Has offices in Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa. Also has an office in Sacramento, California.

Cape Town Area Muslim Network
Announcements only list for people living in the Cape Town area interested in topics relevant to Muslims. Notices will include introductions to Cape Town area Islaamic schools, organizations, and masajid, notices of regular Halaqas, lectures on Islaamic topics, and Muslim Student Association (MSA) events at area universities. Part of the network. To subscribe, send e-mail to:
In the BODY of the message put: subscribe capetown-net

Catholic Archdiocese of Cape Town
Has a history, biographies of the two bishops, information on the departments, societies, structure, the Dominican Sisters, etc.

Catholic Diocese of Eshowe
History, schools, health care, etc.

Catholic Internet and E-mail Directory of Southern Africa (CIDSA)
Provides names, e-mail addresses. Covers the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference, Dioceses and Parishes, Religious Orders and Congregations, Catholic Organisations, Catholic Schools, Catholic Health Care, Catholic Bookshops & Repositories, Catholic Publications, Private Homepages and E-Mail Addresses of Catholics. Maintained by Father Gérard T. Lagleder O.S.B.

Christian Action (formerly United Christian Action)
" umbrella organization - consisting of 14 member organizations - which seeks to co-ordinate a united Christian stand for Righteousness and truth." Issues statements on public policy issues (abortion, crime bills, media freedom, land issue, etc.) Publishes a newsletter. Based in Claremont, South Africa.

Christian Network Links for Africa
Probably the most extensive list of sites for Southern African religious (Christian) organizations. Maintained by Steve Hayes, Orthodox Society of St. Nicholas of Japan, Arcadia, South Africa.
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Church of the Province of Southern Africa
Site for the South African Anglican Church. Includes speeches of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the May 1995 - May 1996 issues of Southern African Anglican News, a link to the World Council of Churches.

Frontline Fellowship (Newlands, South Africa)
"...exist to further the cause of world evangelisation by missionary outreach to resistant or neglected areas and groups in Southern Africa." Has field reports from Angola, Namibia, Sudan, Zambia, Mozambique, newsletter reports on Sudan, Zimbabwe, sells books on related topics.

Jamiatul Ulama (Durban, Kwazulu-Natal)
"The Jamiatul Ulama (Council of Muslim Theologians) is involved in various activities in the service of Islam and Muslims in South Africa, particularly in KwaZulu-Natal region." Has news about Muslims in Africa, publishes the "Al-Jamiat" newspaper (selected articles online) and the "Al-Jamiat" newsletter in the Zulu language. Has an extensive Islamic Information Page with information on all aspects of life. [KF]

Journal of Theology for Southern Africa (Braamfontein)
Published by the South African Council of Churches. Has the tables of contents and abstracts of articles for past issues.

Kwasizabantu Mission
A mission ministry whose goal is to spread the Gospel. Runs a private Christian school and an adult literacy center, offers radio education courses. Has audio music (in Zulu) and sermons, accounts of their Ministers' conferences, photographs. Based in Kranskop, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The closest large city is Durban. [KF]

Mennonite Central Committee
The MCC is the relief and development arm of the Mennonite & Brethren in Christ churches of North America. It has over 700 volunteers in c. 50 developing countries. Has brief accounts of their volunteers' work in South Africa.

Metropolitan Museum of Art - Art and Oracle
Exhibition of "African artifacts created to communicate with ancestors, spirits, and gods in order to obtain insight into human quandaries. "Essay by Professor John Pemberton III, scholar of African religions, explores five regional traditions and their divination practices. He has selected the Azande, Luba and Songye, Yaka, Yoruba, and Malagasy models of divination. Extensive commentary on figures illustrated. Detailed maps showing locations of the cultures. Bibliography. [KF]
Essays: Divination in Sub-Saharan Africa, by John Pemberton III; Cultural Artifacts and the Oracular Trance States of the Sangoma in South Africa by Ingo Lambrecht; Depicting the Servants of the Spirits, by Yvonne Winters; Initiation of a Pondo Diviner (Igqira), by Anitra Nettleton;

National Awqaf Foundation of South Africa
"A waqf (plural: awqaf) is a permanent, irrevocable transfer of a portion of one’s movable or immovable assets to Allah for His pleasure. The asset thus becomes Allah’s property forever." Describes projects. Based in Brixton, South Africa.

PAGAD, People Against Gangsterism and Drugs
South African Muslim organization, runs a drug counseling center, has been accused of vigilantism. See the Feb. 1999 Mail & Guardian article. Search the Mail & Guardian back issues for other articles.

The Paideia Project On-line
Proceedings of the 20th World Congress of Philosophy, Boston, Massachusetts, 1998. Includes full text papers on Philosophy in Africa (Polygyny in Africa: A Male's Post-Original Sin or Rejection of the Primeval Monogyny and Affirmation of Sexual Inequality, by Zekeh S. Gbotokuma, Ubuntu: An African Assessment of the Religious Other, by Dirk J. Louw.)

Religiously Remapped: Mapping Religious Trends in Africa - Eugene Carl Adogla
Religious profiles for 54 African countries. 22 maps show the predominant religion, the main minority religion, Christianity, Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam, Sunnis, Shia and other branches of Islam, traditional religions, Baha'i, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Atheism, religious freedom, religion and conflict, interesting religious facts, religious change. Includes references. Completed 2007 by Eugene Adogla, funded by a Stanford University grant.

Research Institute on Christianity in South Africa (University of Cape Town)
"focuses its research on the role of Christianity within South African society, particularly with regard to social transformation."

Society of St. Nicholas of Japan
An Orthodox mission society based in South Africa, started in 1987 in Johannesburg with a multi-ethnic parish.

South African Jewish Board of Deputies
"The central representative institution of the community is the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD), to which most of the country's Hebrew congregations, Jewish societies and institutions are affiliated." Includes a short history of early Jewish Johannesburg, etc.

South African Theological Seminary
Provides "Christocentric, Biblical distance education and training to Christians, and pastors..." "The church is broadly Evangelical with an emphasis on the absolute authority of the Scriptures,..." Based in Rivonia, South Africa.

Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference
The Conference "is comprised of the bishops of Botswana, South Africa and Swaziland." Based in Pretoria, South Africa. Has full text publications such as Sexual Abuse of Children by Church Personnel; HIV/AIDS and Catholic Social Thought (16 p. in PDF); 2009 South African Elections.

Southern African Missiological Society
"...formed to further the study of and research into Christian mission and related topics in Southern Africa." Publishes a journal, Missionalia. Has full text articles from older issues of Missionalia, and an annotated directory of Christian mission and mission studies sites. The African independent churches section has a directory of researchers, a discussion forum, and links to full text papers and articles. Based in Menlo Park, South Africa.

Sudan Interior Mission
Full text journals online. Dating from late 1880s to date. Missionary accounts, books, etc. Includes Angola, Southern Africa, West Africa.

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