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Collaborative Ministry in Mission and Canonical Processes

collaborative ministry in mission and canonical processes

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The Elgon forest dwellers say that “little dreams” are of no great account, but if a person has a “big dream”, the entire community must be gathered and told. How then does an Elgonyi know the difference between a big dream and a little dream? Upon waking, there is an instinctive feeling about the significance of the dream for the community, and the thought of keeping such a dream secret never occurs. The present collection of papers delivered at the 2017 International Conference on Collaborative Ministry in Mission and Canonical Processes organized by the Claretian Missionaries' Theological Institute for Consecrated Life in Africa, is one of the biggest dreams of our time, and the putting together of this book of proceedings is an effort to make this great dream known. As the spiritual sons of Saint Anthony Mary Claret who was dedicated to the consecrated life with distinction, the Claretian Missionaries have been consistent in serving the consecrated life within the church and the entire evangelizing mission of the church under the guidance of the Magisterium and the directives issued by particular churches....

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Collaborative Ministry in Mission: Theological and Cultural Persp

collaborative ministry in mission: theological and cultural persp

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This year's International Conference organized by the Theological Institute of Consecrated Life for Africa owned by the Claretian Missionaries can best be described as a festival. And one of the images that comes to mind is the New Yam festival. At this 2018 International Conference, there was a harvest of thoughts. The conference was an opportunity for consecrated persons and diocesan priests to gather together, in terms of a harvest, from the immense and measureless garden of knowledge, which has matured for us as a result of the labors of the Claretian Missionaries. Implicit in the concept of harvest is a preceding period of sowing or planting. In this cosmological drama of human existence, harvest is characterized by a period of blissful celebration, marked for us, especially as Africans, by group dances and colorful masquerades, by goodwill visits and exchange of gifts. Thus, the nature and quality of the harvest are logically determined by the kind of seed we sowed, on what kind of soil we sowed it and how painstakingly we manured and tended it. The quality of the International Conference tells us the story of how skillfully and beautifully well seeds were sowed in thought, word and deed. To avoid a limited and narrow conception of harvest period as a time of winning, dinning and mutual congratulations, a broader conception reminds us that harvest is also a season of reappraisal and stock-taking. For instance, the New Yam Festival is a time of appraisal of performance during the previous agricultural year. In the comfort provided by relatively plenty, plans are made, at least 200 Chapter 14: Socio-cultural factors in vocational guidance of adolescents inNigeria mentally, for the next season. In keeping with this tried and tested tradition, the International Conference did not fail to cease the opportunity of a lifetime to critically, soberly, appreciatively and deprecatingly examine the major concerns within the parameters of collaboration in Ministry. The present book of proceedings is a collection of the different presentations that were harvested at the 2018 International Conference. I, therefore, beat the drum for this book of proceedings which is a collection of the works of the best minds you can ever imagine. In them are individual perceptions crystallized as thought contributions which will survive the physical structures of generations yet to come....

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Climate Change in Africa: Problems Prospects Perspectives

climate change in africa: problems prospects perspectives

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One of the factors that characterizes human existence and human society is change. Change is an existential reality. Experience has shown that some changes are natural, that is, they have been designed by nature to occur on their own. There are also man-made changes. These are changes that came to be through human influence. The reality of climate change can be said to be both natural and man-made. Today, the question of climate change is a global issue and there are many challenges associated with it. Researches have shown that Africa bears heavy brunt of the negative effects of climate change. In this regard, these and the related questions should occupy the mind of any reasonable and right-thinking African: What are the challenges of climate change in Africa? What are the factors that encourage the negative effects of climate change in Africa? How can we curb the challenges posed by climate change in Africa? What is the place of climate change to socio-economic development in Africa? It is important to note that the intersection of present vulnerability and the prospect of climate change in Africa warrants proactive action now to reduce the risk of large-scale adverse effects. The process of planning adaptive strategies requires a systematic evaluation of priorities and constraints, and the involvement of stakeholders. The most effective strategies are likely to be to reduce present vulnerability and to enhance a broad spectrum of capacity in responding to environmental, resource and economic perturbations. The Association for the Promotion of African Studies (APAS) believes that proper study of the effects of climate change on Africa and the attendant solutions proffered in this book by seasoned researchers and scholars will go a long way to help policymakers and indeed all Africans and lovers of Africa to be better disposed to tackle the problems of climate change in Africa. The present book is a contribution of APAS members to the ongoing discussion on climate change as it affects Africa as a continent....

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Justice and The Rule of Law in Africa

justice and the rule of law in africa

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In the primitive era, the popular maxim was: 'Might is right'. There was practically no law except the decree and dictates of the mighty or simply whatever tinkles the fancy of the mighty. During this period, the sense of justice and the rule of law was never mentioned nor emphasized. The ruler and the mighty were seen and regarded as gods and whatever they say becomes law and binding on the people. But following the dynamic nature of human society, there evolved the era of promotion of the fundamental human rights in the early years of the 20th century. And thereafter, the notion of justice and its corollary, rule of law, became a global discourse. Experience has shown that any civil society without manifest and proper application and deep reverence for justice and the rule of law is at the verge of self-destruction. In fact, one can say that there is no society without some elements of justice. To say that justice and the rule of law are fundamental to the being and sustenance of every society is simply stating the obvious. A just society is such that adheres strictly to the rule of law. The rule of law becomes the framework for a practical application of justice in a particular society. However, studies have shown that the notion of justice has been conceived and understood differently by scholars and individual societies. As a people, Africa has a peculiar understanding of justice and the rule of law. There are some peculiarities in the way and manner justice is administered in the African world. The pertinent questions now are: How is justice and the rule of law understood in Africa? How rationally permissible is the notion of justice and the rule of law in Africa? What are the parameters for the administration of justice in Africa? What is the place of the contemporary African society in the global community with reference to justice and the rule of law? Preoccupied with these and the related questions, this book stems from the desks of members of the Association for the Promotion of African Studies (APAS) to address the issues and challenges pertaining to justice and the rule of law in Africa. It is believed that proper understanding and application of justice and the rule of law in Africa will certainly bring about socio-political and economic development on the entire continent of Africa....

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African Indegenous Knowledge Systems: Problems and Perspectives

african indegenous knowledge systems: problems and perspectives

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Indigenous peoples' cultures and their respective knowledge systems have been largely misunderstood or even dismissed by development planning experts in the past. They are regarded sometimes as irrelevant, fetish and nonsensical. However, many scientific and social researchers associated with the formulation of development assistance policies are now beginning to recognize the positive role that indigenous peoples and their knowledge of the ecosystem, can play in the success of development projects and policies. It is reasonable to assume, that important global development assistance activities including; local participation, capacity-building and sustainable resource management - can be enhanced in cost-effective programs and strategies which understand and work with indigenous knowledge and indigenous decision-making systems. With above in mind, Africa may be an ideal continent to learn about and begin seriously integrating indigenous knowledge with development planning techniques. This book in your hands provides a context for members of the Association for the Promotion of African Studies (APAS) to study and unveil the dimensions of African Indigenous Knowledge Systems, and thus make them available to you (the reader) and especially the policy makers and development planning experts. The book is packed-full with well-researched works from the desks of African scholars. It is hoped that the various chapters in this book will provide the needed paradigm shift for proper integration, internalization and pragmatic applications of various systems of African Indigenous Knowledge....

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