This research explores African ethnopolitical rivalry within a public theological framework, aiming to build bridges between the Luo and Kikuyu communities of Kenya. It argues that as a community enterprise, theology should engage with the public and be concerned about the wellbeing of God's people. Ethnopolitical conflict is a major impediment to human flourishing in sub- Saharan Africa, causing loss of life, displacement, and fractured identity. The paper draws on practical and public theologies to understand the lived contexts of human experience and argues that a robust interdisciplinary approach is necessary to uplift those affected by ethnic conflicts. As an example, it examines the underlying presuppositions, cultural and religious causes of conflict between the Luo and Kikuyu of Kenya. It proposes a framework for reconciliation and bridgebuilding between the two communities. Ultimately, the article seeks to offer a practical theological response to ethnopolitical conflict in Africa, promoting peacebuilding and human flourishing.
Kidha Kidha, Dan
"African Ethnopolitical Rivalry in a Public Theological Lens: Building Bridges Between the Luo and Kikuyu,"
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