Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

The UMCA in Malawi: A History of the Anglican Church

Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

The UMCA in Malawi: A History of the Anglican Church

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The UMCA in Malawi: A History of the Anglican Church. By James Tengatenga. (Zomba: Kachere Series, 2010, Pp. i, 432. GBP 29.95.)

First of all let me remind readers to wade patiently through the book's acknowledgements before venturing into the text. Because I did not read the acknowledgements it took a substantial amount of time to realize that the author whose name appears on the book's cover did not write the text of this book. Bishop James Tengatenga states in the acknowledgements his lack of time and resources to write a history of the church in Malawi. Nonetheless, on the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the church in Malawi, he saw the importance for young scholars to have access to a book on Malawi's Anglican history. The 1908 signature text by A.E.M. Anderson-Morshead was out of print. The UMCA in Malawi published in 2010 is the original text modified by a last chapter by Tengatenga.

Tengatenga's first book, Church, State and Malawi: An Analysis of Anglican Ecclesiology (2006), based on his dissertation, is an important text that he meticulously researched. The UMCA in Malawi text would clearly benefit from his postcolonial awareness and his scholarly eye. Based on my reading of the current text, further research and analysis is necessary in three areas: postcolonial critical analysis, research documentation, and vision.

The reader needs to be frequently reminded of the colonial context in which A.E.M. Anderson-Morshead wrote the original manuscript in 1908. Otherwise there is a naïve sense that dismisses the then-colonial meanings that now have a postcolonial significance. …

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