Missionary of Reconciliation
The Role of the Doctrine of Reconciliation in the Preaching of Bishop Festo Kivengere of Uganda between 1971-1988
Missionary of Reconciliation: The Role of the Doctrine of Reconciliation in the Preaching of Festo Kivengere of Uganda, 1971–1988Alfred Olwa (Sydney, Australia)
In the period 1971–1988, the Christian doctrine of reconciliation was central to Festo Kivengere’s preaching in Uganda and beyond. This doctrine so gripped Kivengere that it shaped his attitude to life, to others, and even to his enemies. He exhorted his audiences to be reconciled with God and then with their fellow human beings, as part of God’s remedy for a broken world. In his preaching, Kivengere depicts Jesus as a missionary of reconciliation who brings a fresh and alternative life, characterized by the reconciling love and peace from God. He preached the Christian doctrine of reconciliation into a Uganda where Christians lived under the horrors of Amin’s rule and its aftermath. According to Kivengere, the world changes through the preaching of the reconciliation centered in Jesus Christ.
The Rev Dr Alfred Olwa has done us a great service by gathering the text of Feso Kivengere’s sermons and talks in several countries and exploring their wonderful message of reconciliation, peace with God and with each other. This book is not just the memorial to a great man, but a reminder to us all, not only those with an interest in Africa, of the daily availability of God’s reconciling power in Christ.
The Rev Dr Colin Reed,
Alfred Olwa has produced an important work at a time when African church leaders are assuming an increasingly important global role. He demonstrates that the Christian doctrine of reconciliation was central to Festo Kivengere’s preaching, shaping both his public life and his central message that exhorted audiences to be reconciled with God and their fellow human beings. Dr Olwa has compiled an impressive array of resources which promise to be a valuable resource for future researchers studying Festo Kivengere, the history of Uganda or Ugandan Christianity. This is a book worthy of wider reflection.
Dr Peter Davis
President, Australasian Academy of Homiletics
Academic Director, Wesley Institute,