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Liturgie, transformasie en die Afrika Renaissance

B. de Klerk

Verbum et Ecclesia; Skrif en Kerk: Vol 22, No 2 (2001), 273-291. doi: 10.4102/ve.v22i2.645

Submitted: 11 August 2001
Published:  11 August 2001


The African Renaissance concerns the moral, cultural and spiritual transformation of the African human being. Liturgy has a decisive impact on the vision, aspirations and hopes of the believer. Therefore, liturgy can have a significant influence on the African Renaissance if it adheres to fixed liturgical principles, the response of the believers is culturally bound and liturgy attains an indigenous character. As liturgy has the ability to restore human dignity and bring about reconciliation, believers can consequently gain confidence to co-operate in the healing process of the continent. Aspects of African culture displaying a close resemblance to the Bible should be developed, for example celebrating the presence of God, utilising the power of Scripture reading in liturgy, delivering sermons full of imagery, establishing an ubuntu of faith, using symbols inherent both in the Gospel and African culture, creating space for movement, communion and festivity, as well as developing songs, music and dances in a creative way.

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B. de Klerk, Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir CHO


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