Peace building in East Africa

5 June 2016, 2.00 PM - 5 June 2016, 4.00 PM

Esther Mombo

The 2016 Swarthmore Lecture will be given by Esther Mombo from Kenya and Cécile Nyiramana from Rwanda.  The lecture will focus on the peace building work of East African Quakers. It will provide Quakers and others involved in peace work the chance to hear about how this inspirational effort within local communities has transformed suffering into a force for social change.  These examples from Africa can inspire Friends in Britain and refresh our commitment to practical peace-building.  

In a short speaking tour after the Swarthmore Lecture, Esther and Cécile will speak at a few meetings, and we are glad that Esther will be able to come to Bristol.

Esther Mombo is a member of Bware Yearly Meeting, Kenya, and Professor of African Church History, Gender and Theology at St. Paul’s University in Limuru Kenya. Esther’s PhD (from Edinburgh University) focused on the Development of Quakerism in Kenya with special reference to the role of women. Her research and teaching interests span the fields of Church history, with a focus on mission history, interfaith relations, and theology and gender studies with a focus on African women's theology, HIV and AIDS.

All are welcome to the talk, and to join us for Meeting for Worship (11.00-12.00) beforehand if you wish. We have shifted the start time of the talk to 2.00, to give time for sharing lunch before.  Please bring a contribution to the lunch if you are coming to it.  We will serve drinks over lunch.

Redland Quaker Meeting House is at 126 Hampton Rd, BS6 6JE.  Hampton Rd runs parallel to Whiteladies Rd.  If you walk from Whiteladies Rd down Redland Park (opposite River Cottage), you will find the meeting house at the other end, just over the road from the Clyde Arms.

Esther Mombo (PDF, 102kB)

Contact information

Ian Beeson ian.beeson@cooptel.net