An Orthodox Journal of Cross-Cultural Theology, Dialogue and Mission

Elekiah Andago Kihali (Rev. Dr Archimandrite Anastasios), The Orthodox Christian Witness in East Africa: Historical, Ecclesiological and Theological Approach

Review by Dr Ralph Lee
DOI: 10.57577/1-22A23
Salt: Crossroads of Religion and Culture: 1 (2022): 333-335
Keywords: Africa, Kenya, Orthodox Church, Missiology, History

This book is a published version of a DTh research project in Missiology, conducted at the Aristotle University of Thessalonica. The work is significant as the first comprehensive record of the establishment of the African Orthodox Church (AOC) in Kenya and Uganda, now under the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and all Africa,[1] written by a Kenyan Orthodox priest. The book comprises an introduction, and seven chapters which cover: the social-historical background of the church; the rise of the AOC movements in East Africa and their relationship with the corresponding church in America; the African Orthodox Church developments 1933–68; the acceptance of the AOC under the Patriarchate of Alexandria; mission challenges; a theological discussion of Orthodox Christian mission; and a discussion of problems and solutions to current challenges.

[1]        For clarity, the book does not deal with the non-Chalcedonian Ethiopian or Eritrean Orthodox Tewahido Churches in East Africa, which are under the Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of all Africa on the Holy See of St. Mark the Apostle.