M. L. Daneel | The Growth & Dynamism of African Initiated Churches & African Earthkeeping Movements

Dec 15, 20160 comments

M. L “Inus” Daneel and Graham Hill discuss the growth, dynamism, challenges, and contextualization of African Initiated Churches (AICs) and African Earthkeeping Movements.

Professor Daneel is an inspiration, having spent much of his life serving & living among African initiated churches.

In the early 1980s, the movement he started planted around 15 million trees, produced 100,000 seedlings per year, and mobilized a “green army” seeking to heal the land and the population after the devastation of war. This involved planting trees, conserving land, forging peace, seeking reconciliation, and encouraging forgiveness.

The earth-and-people-healing ministry provided new impetus and direction to church life and mission, as well as numerical church growth. These churches excel in developing original, contextualized theologies at the grassroots of African society.

M. L. “Inus” Daneel is a professor of missiology at the Boston University School of Theology. Born on a Dutch Reformed mission station, Dr. Daneel is a well-known ecumenical figure who functions as a bishop in an African-Initiated Church, the Ndaza (Holy Cord) Zionists. A patron of the Network of Earthkeeping Christian Communities in South Africa, he is committed to environmental preservation and African contextual theology. Daneel spends six months a year in Masvingo, Zimbabwe, and six months a year in Boston.

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