Das Missionswerk der Ev.-Luth. Landeskirche Sachsens und der Evangelischen Kirche in Mitteldeutschland
Symposium commemorating the 125th year of the death of seven civilians from Leipzig Mission – Karava, Mrio and three other Chagga people, and the two missionaries Ewald Ovir and Karl Segebrock – at Mount Meru October 20, 1896.
To register your participation send an e-mail to info(at)lmw-mission.de. You will receive the ZOOM-Link some days before the symposium.
In October of 1896, a squadron of Deutsche Schutztruppe forces erected a camp on Mount Meru, near to the mission station that King Matunda was having built. A night battle between local people and the German forces resulted in the deaths of at least seven civilians who worked the mission station, including five Chagga (Karava, Mrio, and three whose names we seek to identify) and two Eastern European Leipzig Mission missionaries, Ewald Ovir and Karl Segebrock. The deaths of Ovir and Segebrock were then used as an excuse by the Deutsche Schutztruppe to brutally attack the Wameru and Waarusha people. We want to commemorate the 125th year of the event with a symposium.
Preparatory session in german language only: Geschichtswerkstatt (History workshop): 28 October 2021
|Thursday 28. October, 2021: 18:00 CEST (UTC+2) - in German language only|
Mission im kolonialen Kontext. Karl von Schwartz und der Eintritt (der Leipziger Mission) in der Kolonie Deutsch-Ostafrika | Rev. Jürgen Günther
Main event in English language only: Symposium: 29 – 30 October, 2021
|Friday 29 October, 2021: 16:00 – 20:00 h CEST (UTC+2)|
|15:45||Technical support / opening of the ZOOM session|
Welcome Address | Rev. Daniel Keiling, Tanzania Secretary Leipzig Mission
|Introduction | Rev. Ravinder Salooja, Director Leipzig Mission|
|16:30||Colonisation, conversion, and co-option: Postcolonial reflections | Dr. Gladson Jathanna, Senior Lecturer, Department of History of Christianity, Pacific Theological College, Suva, Fiji|
Mission - white, western, colonial? Mission in the contemporary theological discourse in Germany | Konstantin Gerber, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Faculty of Theology
Key lecture I: Unavoidably entangled into the machinery of war? – Missionaries squeezed between their supposed African addressees and the German colonial military | Prof. Dr. Moritz Fischer, University of Applied Sciences for Intercultural Theology, Südheide-Hermannsburg
|19:15||Evening prayer | Rev. Daniel Keiling - Rev. Emmanuel Majola|
|Saturday 30 October, 2021: 9:00- 13:00 h CEST (UTC+2)|
|09:00||Welcome - Morning prayer|
|09:20||The Geographical and Chronological perspectives of Leipzig Missionaries’ activities, around Meru land for about 125 years ago | Rev. Emmanuel Majola, Head of Ailanga Lutheran Junior Seminary, Meru Diocese, Tanzania|
Key lecture II: The Akeri Killings of 1896 | Prof. Dr. Joseph W. Parsalaw, Vice Chancellor, Tumaini University Makumira
|11:15||125 years Death at Mt. Meru – a Discourse Analysis of the Reception of the Killing of two Leipzig Missionaries from a Postcolonial Perspective | Moni Parisius, University of Applied Sciences for Intercultural Theology, Südheide-Hermannsburg|
|Rediscovery and reevaluation of mission understanding of the Courland Lutheran Consistory and missionary martyr Karl Segebrock | Kristina Ecis, University of Latvia, Faculty of Theology, Riga|
|12:20||Lessons Learned | Discussion started with 5 points by Dr. Karolin Wetjen, Assistant Professor, University Kassel, Faculty of Social Sciences - Final plenary disussion|
|12:45||Thanks and Farewell | Antje Lanzendorf, Communications Manager Leipzig Mission|
To participate in the online-symposium, kindly register yourselves by Monday, October 25, 2021 at info@LMW-Mission.de. Following your registration you will receive the link for your digital access.
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