The Joshua and Timothy School of Theology set to host a workshop on Politics and Religion

Religion in the country has navigated colonial legacies as well as the push for democratic reforms in recent decades. In our contemporary times, religion is often blurred with politics, with attendant consequences.

It is against this backdrop that the Department of History Missions and Practical Theology, a constituent of the Joshua and Timothy school of Theology, in partnership with the Yale Divinity School, will host a workshop dubbed “Politics and Religion: Early Career Workshop”; scheduled to take place on Saturday, 21st October 2023 beginning from 9.00 am at St. Paul’s University main Campus in Limuru. Participants will either attend in-person or virtually through Google meet.

The main objective of the forum is to investigate positive and negative consequences of the interrelationship between religion and politics exploring how they can be engendered within religious communities and the political arena. For instance, the phenomenon of cultism has both religious and political dimensions. With regard to the political dimension, the government has regulated registration of religious organizations in the past decade.

Targeting Postgraduate students, Biblical scholars, Theologians, Legal Scholars, Philosophers, Religious Scholars, Sociologists and Political Analysts, participants will present their inputs through presentation of papers and this will accord them an opportunity for mentorship in research and writing.

Possible Topics

  • Biblical or Theological Perspectives on Law and Religion
  • Political Participation among Religious Groups
  • Voting Patterns among Religious Communities
  • Separation of the Church and State in Kenya
  • Religious Freedom in the Constitution
  • Government Restrictions on Religious Groups
  • Political Theology in the Kenyan Context
  • The Role of the Church in Politics
  • Religion and Civil Society Advocacy
  • Ethical Leadership in Politics and Religion
  • Interreligious Dialogue in Political Arena
  • Law and Religion in the (pre/post) Colonial Eras
  • Ubuntu, African Kinship and Religion

Submission guidelines

Prospective participants are advised to send 300-word abstracts containing the title of the paper, participant’s name, institution, role and contact details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and copy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Deadline for submission of Abstracts: 31st August 2023
Notification of successful Abstracts: 14th September 2023
Submission of full papers: 13th October 2023

In-person Conference Fees

Ksh. 2000 – Scholars and participants
Ksh. 500 – Students
Online participation is free but participants are required to register.
The fee is payable via MPESA with these details PAYBILL: 632333 ACCOUNT NUMBER: ECR2023

Contact Person

For more information the call for papers, contact Dr. Kevin Muriithi Ndereba on email – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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