Christian Witness and the Common Good: Rethinking Christian Mission

Speaker(s): Zac Niringiye
Date: Spring 2018
Length: 1h 29m
Product ID: RGDL4802P

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Historically, the dominant paradigm of evangelical Christian community and mission in the public square has often been one of domination and conquest, specifically in contexts where Christianity has held cultural acceptance. Too often, Christian communities can be a part of the narratives of exclusion and injustice rather than champions of the common good.

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I will argue that dominance occurs due to misunderstanding and misrepresentation of the Gospel, and to the obligation it places upon those who believe. As authentic Christian community in the public square bears the 'Good News of God,' the 'fruit' of which is 'the common good,' the Gospel invites us to turn to joyful testimony and witness, as salt and light.

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Zac Niringiye theologian and pastor, is a civic-political activist in Uganda, involved in several civil society-led social justice and peace campaigns as a Citizens' Manifesto Ambassador, an initiative under the Uganda Governance Monitoring Platform coordinated by the Uganda National NGO Forum, notably the Anti-Corruption advocacy in the Black Monday Movement.nnIn addition, Dr. Niringiye, is a Senior Fellow in a budding think tank - The Institute of Religion, Faith and Culture in Public Life (INTERFACE). He has previously served at Makerere University, as a Visiting Fellow in the Human Rights and Peace Centre (HURIPEC) Department, in the School of Law, where he was leading a project on Religion, Human Rights and Peace.nnHe holds a Physics degree (Honours) and a teaching Diploma from Makerere University; a Masters degree in Theology from Wheaton College, USA; and, a PhD in Theology and Mission History from Edinburgh University.

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