Magazine article Anglican Journal

Church Honours Namibian: Cited for Mission on 'Cutting Edge'

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Church Honours Namibian: Cited for Mission on 'Cutting Edge'

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Toronto

A dynamic Anglican priest from Africa received an award in June for social action and ecumenical work from the Presbyterian Church in Canada.

Archdeacon Nangula Kathindi, the first woman ordained by the Anglican Church in Namibia, accepted the E.H. Johnson Award on June 3 during the Presbyterian church's annual general assembly in Guelph, Ont.

Archdeacon Kathindi was honoured for "mission on the cutting edge," as the award mandate read.

Formerly known as South West Africa, Namibia was under the rule of South Africa until 1990 and was subject to the apartheid system that kept a white minority in power. The churches, in opposing apartheid, needed to band together, so the ecumenical movement there had a strong foundation, she said in an interview.

Now, she said, "one of the areas I am excited about is reconciliation" between blacks and whites. "I thought to myself, 'I have white friends in Canada, the U.S., Europe, but I don't know a single Afrikaner (in Namibia). What kind of a Christian am I?'" she said.

At home, she said, blacks and whites still live separately and she was eager to learn about efforts made in the Anglican Church of Canada toward healing and reconciliation between whites and aboriginals. …

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