Theological Reflection: What is Continuing Indaba
Indaba, it’s a Zulu word that was made the “word of the day” during and after the Lambeth Conference of 2008. But has the “average” Anglican/Episcopalian even begun to understand what it is? Indaba is a community process in which important community issues are discussed with the aim to help community life thrive rather than to solve issues. While the word Indaba is a Zulu word, the concept exists in many other places and cultures. For example, a similar meeting concept is called Imbizo by the Xhosa peoples of south-east South Africa and Baraza in the Swahili culture of East Africa. These three methods/concepts are not exactly alike, nor are any of the many other similar ideas in Africa and Asia, because the culture in which they arose has shaped them. Indaba has to be adjusted to the culture it is to be used within. It’s a slippery thing; Indaba is a philosophy, if you like, about how people in a community relate to one another around problems and disagreements that may divide the community—not a set of steps to be followed in order to come to a concrete “fix” at the end.
People from all over the Anglican Communion have contributed their thoughts on Indaba, both in its African setting and its potential in a wider context, or Continuing Indaba. They examine the advantages and possible drawbacks of using an Indaba-like process in the Anglican Communion. The discussion is important to our ability to come together as a community and face the issues and disagreements that threaten to divide. Join in, read what others have to say about Continuing Indaba, add your own voice to the conversation.
Indaba: A Southern African Concept – Bishop Ebenezer Ntlali; South Africa
Indaba and Power – Rev. Janet Trisk; South Africa
Indaba Tools from Community Life – Sr. Anita Cook, CSC; UK.
Conflict Resolution: The Luo Drumbeat for the Baraza Model – Rev. John Mark Odour; Kenya
Under the Banyan Tree: Indian Analogues to Indaba – Ms. Sushma Ramswami; India
Cultural Hermeneutics, Conflict Resolution, and Continuing Indaba – Rev. Philip Agik; Kenya
Theological Models in Continuing Indaba – Rev. Canon Philip Groves; UK
Seeking Reconciliation in the Anglican Communion – Rev. Canon Jonathan Draper; UK
Talking about things you will never agree on – Ephraim Radner; Toronto, Canada