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Raymond Kumalo to discuss church and state relations in South Africa

November 13, 2013
Raymond Kumalo

Raymond Kumalo

Raymond Kumalo will visit Drake University on Nov. 18 to deliver a lecture titled, “In the Christian God’s Name: Church and State Relations in South Africa.” This event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 7–8:30 p.m. in Drake University’s Meredith Hall, Room 106.

Kumalo is a lecturer in the School of Religion and Theology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, and is the author of “From Deserts to Forests: A Model of Practical Theology.” His research primarily examines the role of religion in South Africa’s transition to democracy.

His presentation will discuss the way in which the African National Congress (ANC) has used the Christian religion to maintain its dominance in the political s phere. He argues that having been formed by prominent leaders of the church, the government has used that status to alter the teachings of the church to serve its agenda.

This event is made possible by the College of Arts and Sciences and The Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship (PFGCGC). The center hosts events to educate students and the community on global topics.

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