Mother Earth, Mother Africa and Mission


Prof Beverley Haddad, UKZN; Mmapula Diana Kebaneilwe, University of Botswana; Kgomotso Scotch, University of Botswana; Peggy Mulambya-Kabonde; Fifamè Fidèle Houssou Gandonou; Esther Mombo; Master Oboletswe Matlhaope ; Angeline Savala, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology; Jennet Tabe, Presbyterian Theological Seminary; Nelly Mwale, University of Zambia ; Maitseo Bolaane, University of Botswana; Gwen Lesetedi, University of Botswana


Ecology, Theology, Mission, feminism, pentecostalism, sustainability, gender, land ownership, agriculture


The volume is significant in bringing together voices of African women theologians and their allies on the urgent topic of ecology. First, it decisively intervenes into scholarly discourses on ecofeminism by highlighting the reflections of African women scholars and African women as subjects. This function of the volume is very important both at local and global levels. Second, it contributes to contextualizing of scriptural interpretation around the issue of ecology. Biblical reflection occurs throughout the volume and is put into dialogue with African traditions, with ecofeminism, with Africa-based mission projects, and with the current crisis of sustainability and African women’s roles in protecting the earth. Third, the volume includes several concrete case studies based on interviews and grassroots qualitative research, as well as especially original articles that integrate biblical exegesis of Genesis with reflections on patriarchal legal systems in Botswana, and an original take on “male headship” in relation to ecofeminism. – Professor Dana L. Robert, Boston University, USA


  • Preface
    Beverley Haddad
  • Introduction
    Mmapula Diana Kebaneilwe
  • 1. Re-Imagining Mission Through Inculturation
    Pentecostalism and Sustainable Environment
    Mmapula Diana Kebaneilwe, Kgomotso Scotch
  • 2. Salvation Re-Imagined
    Theological Perspectives on Gender and Ecology
    Peggy Mulambya-Kabonde
  • 3. La protection de la terre une mission pour l’Église
    Fifamè Fidèle Houssou Gandonou
  • 4. Women and Vegetable Gardens
    A Historical Marginalization of Women and the Degradation of the Land
    Esther Mombo
  • 5. Women and Their Right to Land Ownership
    A Biblical and Holistic Approach
    Master Oboletswe Matlhaope
  • 6. Female Headship as a Paradigm Shift to a Harmonious Sustainable Ecosystem
    Angeline Savala
  • 7. Gendered Bodies and the Forgotten Mothers of Nature
    An African Woman’s Rethinking of The Ngbokondems and Forest Preservation Among the Ejagham of Cameroon
    Jennet Tabe
  • 8. Women and Sustainable Agriculture in the Context of the Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre
    A Catholic Initiative in Zambia
    Nelly Mwale
  • 9. Women Shaping the Narratives within the “Fire Churches” Environment in Gaborone, Botswana
    Maitseo Bolaane, Gwen Lesetedi


June 30, 2021

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