Malusi Mpumlwana


Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana currently serves as the Bishop of the Diocese of Maropeng of the Ethiopian Episcopal Church, where he provides strategic direction to the mission of the diocese and overseeing the pastoral ministrations of priests and lay leaders in his diocese. His mission in the church is “to contribute to the making of an all-inclusive African church experience whose spirituality empowers the weak – the poor, women and the young, and engages the social and economic realities of our time for the common good”.

As of April 2014, Bishop Mpumlwana has been part time General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches, spearheading its work to lead common Christian action that works for moral witness in South Africa, addressing issues of social and economic justice, national reconciliation, the integrity of creation, eradication of poverty, and contributing towards the empowerment of all those who are spiritually, socially and economically marginalized. In this context he is charged with spearheading the SACC campaign of The South Africa We Pray For, featuring the five pillars of Healing & Reconciliation, Family Fabric; Poverty & Inequality; Economic Transformation; and Anchoring Democracy – a contribution to the promise of a just, reconciled, peaceful and equitable society, free of racial, tribal and gender prejudices, free of corruption and deprivation, and with enough food and shelter for every citizen; and for each child born to grow to their God given potential. Trained at the Federal Theological Seminary, University of Cape Town and the University of Notre Dame, he follows the contextual theology approach that reflects on momentous challenges and distills those elements that cry out for intervention, failing which history would judge adversely – a Kairos Theology. Previously, Bishop Mpumlwana served for 10 years as the Director of Africa Programs of the Kellogg Foundation. While at the Kellogg Foundation, he oversaw an integrated program designed to promote the socio-economic transformation of the southern African region in this post-Apartheid period.

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