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Reinventing Theology in Post-Genocide Rwanda

Challenges and Hopes

The first comprehensive examination of the Catholic Church's role in the genocide against the Tutsi and its attempts at reconciliation

From April to July 1994, more than a million people were killed during the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. Tutsi men, women, and children were slaughtered by Hutu extremists in churches and school buildings, and their lifeless bodies were left rotting in these sacred places under the deep silence of church authorities. Pope Francis's apology more than twenty years later presents the opportunity to reimagine the essence of the Church, the missionary enterprise, theology in its multiple dimensions, the purification of memory, and the place of human dignity in the Catholic faith.

Reinventing Theology in Post-Genocide Rwanda critically examines the Church's responsibility in Rwanda's tragic history and opens the dialogue to construct a new theology. Contributors to this volume offer moving personal testimonies of their journeys to reconciling the evil that has marred the Church's image: bystanders' indifference to the suffering, despite their claim as members of the Church.

The first volume of its kind, Reinventing Theology in Post-Genocide Rwanda is a necessary step toward the Rwandan Catholic Church and humanity's restoration of fundamental peace and lasting reconciliation. Catholic clergy, lay people, and human rights advocates will benefit from this examination of ecclesial moral failure and subsequent reconciliatory efforts.

About the Authors

Marcel Uwineza, SJ, a Rwandan, is the dean of Hekima College's Jesuit School of Theology in Nairobi, Kenya. He holds an MBA from York St John University, UK, and a PhD in theology from Boston College. He is the author of Risen from the Ashes: Theology as Autobiography.

Elisée Rutagambwa, SJ, a Rwandan, is the dean of Hekima College's Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations in Nairobi, Kenya. He holds a PhL from the Catholic University of Kinshasa, DRC, and a PhD in moral theology from Boston College.

Michel Segatagara Kamanzi, SJ, a Rwandan, is an associate professor at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. He holds a PhD in theology from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He is the author of Le second signe de Cana: Étude exégétique et théologique de Jn 4, 46—54.
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