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Die kerke in Rwanda: Skandes en uitdagings - en lesse vir Suid-Afrika 1

P. G.R. Meiring
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 56, No 4 | a1805 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v56i4.1805 | © 2000 P. G.R. Meiring | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 December 2000 | Published: 14 December 2000

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P. G.R. Meiring, Departement Godsdiens- en Sendingwetenskap, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

The churches in Rwanda: Disappointments and challenges -and lessons for South Africa. The author, one of a team of South Africans invited to Rwanda to advise the newly appointed Unity and Reconciliation Commission, gives an overview of the political developments that led to the bloody genocide (February-April 1994) during which more than a million Rwandans died at the hands of their compatriots. The role that the churches played during the crisis was a disappointment to many; the conduct of many of the clergy - who not only condoned what was happening but actively took part in the events - is nothing less than shameful in view of the Gospel. If the churches want to regain their integity, five challenges should be taken seriously: the churches should lead the country in a sincere confession of guilt; the churches should regain their prophetic witness in the country; they should contribute to leadership development and training; the churches shouldplay their part in ministering to the poor and needy, to the traumatized in Rwanda; and, lastly, the churches should act as servants of reconciliation.

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