FENZA Publications: Books
Books of FENZA staff published through Mission Press (Ndola)
Regiment Parish has been the locus of innovative pastoral approaches in its history of 70 years that have affected the Catholic Church in Zambia at large. In this study and collection, authors place the pastoral innovations, including the first experiments with Small Christian Communities, into their historical contexts.
Interfaith & Ecumenism
Some practical suggestions for getting involved in ecumenism
Dr. Phiri published the main findings of his research in his book Muslim Associations and the Resurgence of Islam in Zambia (published by FENZA and Lembani trust.) This article looks at the relationship between local and global Islam in Zambia, stressing the diversity of local forms of Islam. It also gives an overview over the history of various Muslim associations in Zambia.
Christianity in Zambia
Revolutions in social communication also affect new approaches to mission. This paper, presented at the December FENZA conference, places new trends in mission theology within their historical contexts.
Because Jesus came to bring life, and life to the full (Jn. 10:10), the Prosperity Gospel teaches that believers have a divine right to the blessings of wealth, health and a happy life as part of the covenant with God and redemption by Christ. This gospel has also shaped the Christian worldview of many Catholics in Zambia and is popular and sometimes openly preached in some groups/cells of the charismatic renewal. This article looks at some of the reasons of its great success in Africa, but also at its consequences. How far is it compatible with the Catholic faith?
Christian prophecy is of great importance in Zambia, yet it is understood in many different ways. This paper looks at the reality of prophecy in Zambia's townships and presents a number of case studies concerning its practice and perceived needs. The paper also looks at the practice of prophecy on the fringes of the Catholic Church.
The history of one urban compound (Bauleni) of Lusaka is examined in regards to the presence of different churches from 1970 to 2010. The article looks at the local facets of the Pentecostal explosion that led to the establishment of 53 different Pentecostal churches, out of which 17 were Bauleni-born.
Bauleni is a small compound in Lusaka, with maybe 20,000 - 25,000 inhabitants. This document lists the 83 churches that were present in 2008/2009, with their date of arrival, average size and some remarks on the churches' history.
Each particular human group has a partial view of reality. We all have categories or lenses through which we see things including human sexuality. For all of us it is very difficult to move out from our own frame of reference to appreciate and understand those who don’t think like ourselves; we tend to fear, to categorize and to reject what we do not understand.
A paper presented at the FENZA Conference (August 2010) entitled: "The Man: the head of the household?"
Healing, witchcraft & Satanism
Concrete steps to help people struggling with experiences of witchcraft attacks. During the FENZA week on witchcraft (30 May – 3 June 2011) this approach was introduced and discussed. 23 steps are suggested that have proven helpful in a good number of cases. Here a summary.
Gives background information to the film on Satanism in Zambia (released September 2010).
Background information to the pastoral challenges faced by pastoral agents in the 'era' of Satanism in Zambia.
A description of the ‘Fingers of Thomas’: How the group was born, how it developed, and the method of the 'Fingers' when investigating or following up cases of Satanism.
Contemporary popular concepts of Satanism in Zambia are linked to a dualistic worldview that is enhanced by the spread of popular strands of born-again Pentecostal theology.
Believing in the presence of demons does not mean to deny that also social and domestic pressures and political forces play themselves out in the dramas of possession. Experiences with possession as well as the fast-spreading rumours of Satanism can give a glimpse into the tensions that accompany modern urban life in Zambia: the breakup of family structures, and how these are experienced by many people.
The pastoral challenge of Satanism can hardly be avoided today in Zambia. The article argues for a patient-centred approach that builds on the concepts of the patients and their families, while increasing self-confidence and faith, and addressing also domestic and social tensions. Experiences of possession are placed in a worldview where God is present even in the "underworld".
The author was a member of the team of a famous diviner detecting charms and finding out witches in many villages in Serenje area. Here his account of his way of working.
This short article was written in response to a number of newspaper articles on witchcraft in Malawi. Witchcraft is there because we want it to be. We hate it, we fear it, we like it, we want it. Basically we cannot live without it. The question is: what do we want in life?
When Father Louis Oger was in charge of the Chibemba language course in Ilondola, he collected many of the archive materials that are today available in FENZA. His own works on customs and language also are available in the archives. Witchcraft beliefs and practices as well as the workings of diviners and healers (ng'anga) posed a challenge to missionaries all throughout Zambia's history with Western missionaries. In these articles (written towards the end of his life), Louis Oger laid out his own approach.