Agbonkhianmeghe-Orobator SJ


Rev. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, S.J.

Rev. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, S.J., is a Roman Catholic priest from Nigeria and member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). He received his PhD in theology and religious studies from the University of Leeds in England in 2004 and served as Provincial Superior of the Eastern Africa Province of the Society of Jesus (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sudan, and South Sudan) from 2009 to 2014. He is serving currently as President/Principal of Hekima University College Jesuit School of Theology and Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations, Nairobi, Kenya. Among other books, he is the author of Theology Brewed in an African Pot (Orbis, 2008), editor of Reconciliation, Justice, and Peace: The Second African Synod (Orbis, 2011), and co-editor (with Linda Hogan) of Feminist Catholic Theological Ethics: Conversations in the World Church (Orbis, 2014).

Father Orobator is the Rev. Francis Wade, S.J., chair for 2015-16 in the Department of Theology.

Wade Lecture

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 4 p.m. in the Beaumier Suites B/C

Lecture Title: Animism revisited: Wangari Maathai, Benedict XVI, Francis, and the cultivation of ecological virtues

In this Wade Lecture, Father Orobator will examine indigenous religious traditions in Africa, caricatured by missionary Christianity as animist.  He will explore the resemblance that beliefs and practices that honor the earth and promote the integrity of creation bear to the ethical principles, values, and virtues essential for sustainable solutions to the present ecological crisis in the writings of Nobel Laureate Wangari Mathaai, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis.

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