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Andrea Ng’weshemi

Jerald C. Brauer Chair for Lutheran Studies, Associate Professor of Religion

Lentz Hall 420

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Professor Ng’weshemi joined the faculty at Carthage College in August 2015. His teaching and research interests intersect in the Christian theologies originating from the global South (Africa, Latin America, and Asia) and the ways in which traditional Lutheran themes and concerns are reappropriated and reinterpreted to address new contexts. His focus on Africa stems partly from his background, but also because Africa has the fastest Christian growth anywhere in the world, and Lutheran churches are an important part of that.

Prof. Ng’weshemi also analyzes the ongoing influence of African traditional religion and cultural practices on Christianity in sub-Saharan Africa, and the possibility of a dialogue between African Christianity and Western Christianity. This emphasis is reflected in a current project, which seeks to use the traditional Sukuma (African) practice of the communal meal as an interpretive paradigm for Luther’s theology of the Eucharist.

Prof. Ng’weshemi earned his B.D. degree from Makumira University College in Tanzania, and his Th.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. His doctoral dissertation proposed a contemporary African Christian theological anthropology by juxtaposing traditional African understandings of humanity with the theological anthropologies of Karl Rahner and Karl Barth. His articles have appeared in Africa Theological Journal, Journal of Constructive Theology, and The Evangelical Review of Theology. He frequently presents in churches on topics in global Christianity and African Lutheranism.

  • Th.M., Ph.D. (with distinction) — Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
  • B.D. — Makumira University College, Tanzania
  • University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • REL 1000 Understandings of Religion
  • REL 2000 History of Christian Thought
  • REL 2010 Christianities in the Global South
  • REL 2220 Jesus Beyond Christianity
  • Liberation Theology

Rediscovering the Human: The Quest for a Christo-Theological Anthropology in Africa. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 2002.

“The Way of the Ancestors Revisited: The Concept of Life in African Traditional Religion,” Africa Theological Journal vol. 34 no. 2 (2014): 1-14. 

“On the Mission of the Christian Church in an Age of Globalization,” Dana Review vol. 59, no. 4 (2004): 6.

“Rediscovering the Doctrine of Justification by Faith: Its Meaning, Relevance, and Implications in Africa Today,” Africa Theological Journal vol. 26, no. 1 (2003): 22-43.

“Who am I? Who are We? Religious Conversion and the Identity Crisis: The Case of Africa,” Africa  Theological Journal vol. 24, no. 2 (2001): 21-36.

“Doing Justice to Context: The Quest for a Christian Answer to the African Condition,” The Evangelical  Review of Theology vol. 23, no. 2 (1999): 163-173.            

“African Religion: the Moral Traditions of Abundant Life,” Journal of Constructive Theology vol. 4, no. 1 (1998): 113-117.

Selected Conference Presentations

“Lutheranism Goes Global: How Lutheran Christianity is Received, Interpreted, and Lived in Africa Today,” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada, November 2009.

“Holiness and More: Social and Material Well-being as Manifestation of Salvation in the East African Revival,” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, November 2007.

“Enthusiasm in African Christianity: The Impact of the 20th c. East African Revival Movement on East and Central African Christianity,” Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, NE, March 2007. 

“ ‘African Christians or Europhile Christians?’ A Critical Study of 19th Century Western Missions in East Africa,” Missouri Valley History Conference, University of Nebraska-Omaha, March 2006.

“Globalization and the Mission of the Church,” 69th Annual Conference of the Association of Lutheran College Faculties, Fremont, NE, September 2005.

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Andrea Ng’weshemi

Professor Ng’weshemi joined the faculty at Carthage College in August 2015. His teaching and research interests intersect in the Christian theologies originating from the global South (Africa, Latin America, and Asia) and the ways in which traditional Lutheran themes and concerns are reappropriated and reinterpreted to address new contexts. His focus on Africa stems partly from his background, but also because Africa has the fastest Christian growth anywhere in the world, and Lutheran churches are an important part of that.

Prof. Ng’weshemi also analyzes the ongoing influence of African traditional religion and cultural practices on Christianity in sub-Saharan Africa, and the possibility of a dialogue between African Christianity and Western Christianity. This emphasis is reflected in a current project, which seeks to use the traditional Sukuma (African) practice of the communal meal as an interpretive paradigm for Luther’s theology of the Eucharist.

Prof. Ng’weshemi earned his B.D. degree from Makumira University College in Tanzania, and his Th.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. His doctoral dissertation proposed a contemporary African Christian theological anthropology by juxtaposing traditional African understandings of humanity with the theological anthropologies of Karl Rahner and Karl Barth. His articles have appeared in Africa Theological Journal, Journal of Constructive Theology, and The Evangelical Review of Theology. He frequently presents in churches on topics in global Christianity and African Lutheranism.

Brief Bio

Professor Ng’weshemi joined the faculty at Carthage in August 2015. His teaching and research interests intersect in the Christian theologies originating from the global South (Africa, Latin America, and Asia) and the ways in which traditional Lutheran themes and concerns are reappropriated and reinterpreted to address new contexts.

Title

Jerald C. Brauer Chair for Lutheran Studies, Associate Professor of Religion

Email Address

angweshemi@carthage.edu

Phone Number

262-551-6227

Office Location

Lentz Hall 420

Education

  • Th.M., Ph.D. (with distinction) — Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
  • B.D. — Makumira University College, Tanzania
  • University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Courses

  • REL 1000 Understandings of Religion
  • REL 2000 History of Christian Thought
  • REL 2010 Christianities in the Global South
  • REL 2220 Jesus Beyond Christianity
  • Liberation Theology

Publications

Rediscovering the Human: The Quest for a Christo-Theological Anthropology in Africa. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 2002.

“The Way of the Ancestors Revisited: The Concept of Life in African Traditional Religion,” Africa Theological Journal vol. 34 no. 2 (2014): 1-14. 

“On the Mission of the Christian Church in an Age of Globalization,” Dana Review vol. 59, no. 4 (2004): 6.

“Rediscovering the Doctrine of Justification by Faith: Its Meaning, Relevance, and Implications in Africa Today,” Africa Theological Journal vol. 26, no. 1 (2003): 22-43.

“Who am I? Who are We? Religious Conversion and the Identity Crisis: The Case of Africa,” Africa Theological Journal vol. 24, no. 2 (2001): 21-36.

“Doing Justice to Context: The Quest for a Christian Answer to the African Condition,” The Evangelical Review of Theology vol. 23, no. 2 (1999): 163-173.            

“African Religion: the Moral Traditions of Abundant Life,” Journal of Constructive Theology vol. 4, no. 1 (1998): 113-117.

Selected Conference Presentations

“Lutheranism Goes Global: How Lutheran Christianity is Received, Interpreted, and Lived in Africa Today,” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada, November 2009.

“Holiness and More: Social and Material Well-being as Manifestation of Salvation in the East African Revival,” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, November 2007.

“Enthusiasm in African Christianity: The Impact of the 20th c. East African Revival Movement on East and Central African Christianity,” Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, NE, March 2007. 

“ ‘African Christians or Europhile Christians?’ A Critical Study of 19th Century Western Missions in East Africa,” Missouri Valley History Conference, University of Nebraska-Omaha, March 2006.

“Globalization and the Mission of the Church,” 69th Annual Conference of the Association of Lutheran College Faculties, Fremont, NE, September 2005.

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