Food, Climate, and Public Theology: Focus on East Africa

Date: 13:00 UTC 21 November to 11:00 UTC 22 November 2023
Location: Online

A conference for senior church leaders (by invitation only).

“I am because we are.” The idea of ubuntu labels our interconnectedness, just as Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan reminds us we are neighbours to all. In this retreat we will hear from African leaders in science, theology, and ministry about the impacts of climate change on East African life and agriculture. Discussion with senior church leaders from around the world will tie the abstract global issue to concrete local causes and ethical choices Christians can make in their own location.


Rt Revd Dr Emily Onyango, Assistant Bishop of Bondo Diocese in Kenya, is the first female bishop in the Anglican Church of Kenya. She has a PhD in history, focusing on women’s education in Kenya, and lectures in history and theology at St Paul’s University in Limuru.


Dr Ifeanyi Nsofor is a medical doctor/physician and public health specialist from Nigeria, with an interest in public health emergencies. He is CEO of Nigeria Health Watch and works for EpiAFRIC.



Dr Loreen Maseno is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Religion, Theology and Philosophy at Maseno University, Kenya. She has written on a wide ranging of topics, including food, gender and spirituality.



Revd Steve Muneza is Director of Formation and Mixed-Mode Training at Cranmer Hall, Durham University. He has worked in business consultancy in East Africa and  is interested in ‘competing’ spaces, e.g. physical vs spiritual, global vs local.



SESSION 1: Social Climate

Tuesday, 21 November 2023 – 13:00-15:00 UK Time

Interview with the Rt Revd Emily Onyango

Small group discussion

Introduction to the Virtual Field Trip


SESSION 2: Physical Climate

Tuesday, 21 November 2023 – 16:00-18:00 UK Time

Interview with Dr Ifeanyi Nsofor

Reflection led by the Revd Steve Muneza

Small group discussion


SESSION 3: Spiritual Climate

Wednesday, 22 November 2023 – 9:00-11:00 UK Time

Interview with Dr Loreen Maseno

Small group discussion

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Video Resources

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AI and Robotics: the science, opportunities, and challenges (all levels of clergy)

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Science, Future and the Christian Imagination