Dr. Harvey Kwiyani is a professor of African Christianity and Theology at Liverpool Hope University in the United Kingdom. Originally from Malawi, Harvey received his PhD in Theology from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN where I frist met him. He is the author of Sent Forth: African Missionary Work in the West. He is also the founder of Missio Africanus, a new initiative designed to train global Christians living in the west to engage thoughtfully in mission and navigate cross-cultural barriers. Harvey has become a thought leader on reverse mission in which global Christians from the two-thirds world are living intentionally and missionaly in Europe and North America in hope of revitalizing Western Christianity.
I’m personally excited about the conversation because Harvey has been a personal friend for many years and is one the first African friends to help me understand the world of African theology and spirituality. Over lunch one day he told me about the Bantu philosophy of Ubuntu and I ran home so excited to write a blog post on the connections between the humanizing tradition of Ubuntu and the work of making disciples of Jesus. Harvey and I have spent time together on 3 continents and I have grown to appreciate him as a fresh voice in the global conversation on global theology and mission.
For more information on resources discussed in today’s episode:
Dr. Harvey Kwiyani: hope.ac.uk/staff/kwiyanh.html
Sent Forth book: a.co/7SvaGVV
Missio Africanus: www.missioafricanus.org
Nate’s blog on Ubuntu: www.jesusnomads.com/2012/02/ubuntu-humanization-through.html
Nate’s video for Missio Africanus: www.vimeo.com/117239602
Global Disciple Builder: www.globaldisciplebuilder.com
Global Disciple Builder Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/globaldisciplebuilder/
Worldwide Discipleship Association: www.disciplebuilding.org
Arahdna (music on today’s episode): www.arahdnamusic.com