Sacred Earth and African Women’s Theology

  • Sophia Chirongoma UNISA
  • Sue Rakoczy University of KwaZulu-Nata


This special issue is one of the nine academic publications emerging from the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians’ (the Circle) Fifth Pan-African Conference, held at the University of Botswana (Gaborone), July 2-5, 2019. The conference was also a commemoration of the Circle’s thirty years of existence. It featured papers on some aspects of the theme, “Mother Earth and Mother Africa in Theological/Religious/Cultural/Philosophical Imagination.” As was noted in the Conference Call for Papers:The land is often constructed as female gendered and the oppression of women is interlinked with the oppression of the Earth; and…it is widely acknowledged that we live in the era of global warming - which is humanly induced and of which many have also linked with anthropocentric religious/cultural/theological perspectives.

Author Biographies

Sophia Chirongoma, UNISA
Sophia Chirongoma is a senior lecturer in the Religious Studies Department at Midlands State University, Zimbabwe. She is also an Academic Associate/Research Fellow at the Research Institute for Theology and Religion (RITR) in the College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa (UNISA). Her research interests and publications focus on the interface between culture, ecology, religion, health and gender justice.
Sue Rakoczy, University of KwaZulu-Nata
Sue Rakoczy is Professor of Systematic Theology and Spirituality at St Joseph’s Theological Institute, Cedara and Honorary Professor in the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her research focuses on feminist theology, eco-feminism and the intersection between spirituality and social justice.