Roderick Hewitt
Position Associate Professor
Discipline Theology
Phone 033 260 6273
Email hewitt@ukzn.ac.za
Campus Pietermaritzburg Campus
Office Address New Arts Building, 108B

Degrees Held

  • BA (Hons) (UWI)
  • MPhil, 
  • PhD (Kings College-University of London)

Research Interests

  • Ecumenical Theology
  • Missiology,
  • African Theologies in the Diaspora
  • Religion and Culture

Profile

Academic Employment

  • 1984-1997, Education in Mission Secretary, Council For World Mission, London
    • Dean, Ministerial Formation, Institute of Theological and leadership Development, Kingston Jamaica
    • Senior Lecturer: Institute for Theological and Leadership Development
  • 2005-2010 Senior Lecturer, University of the West Indies/United Theological College of the West Indies
  • 2005-2010 Senior Lecturer: International University of the Caribbean, Kingston, Jamaica
  • 2010-2011 Senior Lecturer, Acting Director, Practical Theology/Ministerial Studies School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics, University of Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa,  
  • 2010- Director, Congregational House of Formation, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
  • 2012-2014 Academic Leader, School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics, University of Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa,
  • 2013 Programme Director, Systematic Theology, School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics, University of Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa
  • 2013-2014 Acting Director, Ethics Studies, School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics
  • 2013 Associate Professor, Systematic Theology (Missiology & Ecumenical Theology)
  • 2015 Academic Leader, Higher Degrees and Research, School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics, University of Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa

Honours/Awards

  • 1975. Actor National Festival Theatre Company/University Drama Society Best Actor, Tallawah Productions, University of the West Indies
  • 1975. President of The United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands Young People’s Association
  • 2003. Outstanding Past Student: Knox College Part Student Association
  • 2005. Community Services: Kiwanis Club of St Andrew
  • 2007. Distinguished Graduate: United Theological College of the West Indies

Editorial Boards

  • International Rep, Journal of Gender and Religion in Africa, UKZN
  • International Review of Mission, Geneva, Switzerland

Publications

Books

  • 1987. Action Reflection Resource Pack; A Manuel for Youth Involvement in Mission, CWM, London.
  • 1993. You Me and Nehemiah in Mission, CWM London,
  • 1995. Dialogue for Disciples, CWM, London.
  • 1966. Transforming Leadership, CWM, London 1996
  • 2012 Church and Culture: An Anglo-Caribbean Experience of Hybridity and Contradiction. Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications
  • 2016 Missional Church, Cluster Publications

Books Edited

  • 2011 Postcolonial Mission: Partnership and Power in World Christianity, Sopher Press, California
  • 2016 Ecumenical Missiology (Changing Landscape and New Conceptions of Missions, Regnum Press, Oxford; Geneva: World Council of Churches, Edited by: Kenneth Ross, Jooseop Keum, Kyriaki Avtzi and Roderick R. Hewitt

Contributions to Books

  • 1995 A Present Vocation in Mission and Service: The Challenge to United and Uniting Churches: Ecumenical Review of Mission, WCC Geneva
  • 2014 Sun, Sand, Rum, Reggae: the Challenge of Tourism for Church and Society in the Caribbean in Deconstructing Tourism Who Benefits? A Theological Reading from the Global South, Programme for Theology and Cultures in Asia, Kolkata
  • 2003 Christians Mission Studies in the Caribbean: Prospects and Challenges for the 21st Century; Institute for Leadership and Development, Kingston
  • 2010   Building Communities of Hope, Council For World Mission, London
  • 2011 Postcolonial Mission: Partnership and Power in World Christianity, Sopher Press, California
  • 2012 An analysis of Steve de Gruchy’s Mission Praxis: Festschrift in honour of Steve de Gruchy, Cluster Publications
  • 2013  Reformed Theological Education in 19th century Jamaica, in an Ecumenical Perspective,” in Handbook for Theological Education in Africa, editors, Isabel Phiri and Dietrich Werner (Regnum: Regnum Books International, 2013)
  • 2013 Living on the Edge: Essays in Honour of Steve  de Gruchy, Cluster Publications: South Africa
  • 2013 Peace in the Market Place in Mathews George Chunakara. Building Peace on Earth, WCC Publications: Geneva
  • 2013 Theological Education as an Instrument of Socialization and Church Growth of African-Jamaicans in the 19th Century in Isabel Phiri and Dietrich Werner (Editors). Handbook of Theological Education in Africa, WCC: Cluster Publications, South Africa
  • 2013 Together Towards Life (Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes-Practical Guide) WCC:Geneva
  • 2014. Sun, Sand, Sea Reggae! The Challenge of Tourism for Church and Society in the Caribbean, Caesar D’Mello, Wati Longchar and Philip Mathew (Eds) Deconstructing Tourism: Who Benefits? A Theological Reading from the Global South, Serampore Centre on Pastoral Theology and Research SCEPTRE, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
  • 2014.  Black and Reformed: Conversations with Caribbean Theology in “Prophet From The South, Essays in Honour of Allan Aubrey Boesak”, Sun Press, Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • 2016 The Caribbean Influences on African Christianity, in Anthology of African Christianity, WCC Publications
  • 2016 Together Towards Life and the Context of the Global South in "Ecumenical Missiology 1910-2012".WCC Publications, Regnum Press
  • 2016 Justice in Ecumenical and Missiological Perspectives in "Ecumenical Missiology 1910-2012".WCC Publications, Regnum Press (Chammah Kaunda and Roderick Hewitt)
  • 2016  Stealing Land in the name of Religion: A Rastafari Religio-political critique of Land Theft by Global imperial Forces", HTS Theological Studies, University of Pretoria

Due in 2016

  • 2016 For the healing of the Nations: Rastafari Dialogical Narrative Discourse on the decriminalization of Marijuana/Ganja, Cluster Publications

Journal Articles

  • 2008 Caribbean Perspectives on Theological Education, International Review of Mission, WCC, Geneva
  • 2008 The Missiological Implications of the Accra Confession. International review of Mission, Vol 97 No#386/387. WCC Publications: Geneva
  • 2009 Spirituality and Economic Justice, World Alliance of Reformed Churches, Geneva
  • 2009 Telling the truth, naming the power and confessing our faith in the market: the missiological implications of the Accra Confession: International Review of Mission, WCC, Geneva
  • 2012 Re-articulating Christian Mission and Evangelism, International Review of Mission Volume 101, Issue 2 , WCC, Geneva ( Article first published online: 20 NOV 2012)
  • 2014 Assembly Reflections, (With Kenneth R. Ross & Eva Christina Nilsson) Mission in The Busan Assembly, International Review of Mission Volume 103.1 (398) April 2014, Issue 2 , WCC, Geneva
  • 2014 Implementation of the new Affirmation: Together Towards Life (With Kenneth R. Ross & Eva Christina Nilsson), Mission in The Busan Assembly, International Review of Mission Volume 103.1 (398) April 2014, Issue 2 , WCC, Geneva
  • 2014 Missional Leadership Formation: Embodiment of Together Towards Life, Mission in The Busan Assembly, International Review of Mission Volume 103.1 (398) April 2014, Issue 2, WCC, Geneva
  • 2014 Spirituality for Democracy, Verbum et Ecclesia, AOSIS PUBLISHING SERVICES, Cape Town
  • 2014 Sun, San Rum Reggae: The Challenge of Tourism for Church and Society in the Caribbean, Tourism Watch, Germany (http://tourism-watch.de/node/22120
  • 2015 Bob Marley’s Redemption Song in Conversation with de Gruchy’s Olive Agenda, Alternation Interdisciplinary Journal for the study of the Arts and Humanities in Southern Africa
  • 2015 From Welcomed Migrants to Alleged Terrorists: A missio-political reading of Exodus 1:8-2:10, Stellenbosch Theological Journal, Dec 2015
  • 2015 The Changing Landscape of Christianity and the Challenging Context of Secularism, Ecumenical Review, Wiley Press, December 2015

Co-Publication

  • A Critique of the Church Forum’s Response to Sexual and Reproductive Rights of Women in Swaziland, Journal of Gender and Religion in Africa Vol. 20 No 2 Special Issue (Dec. 2014),  Miriago James and Roderick Hewitt
  • Pharos Journal of Theology, 2015. “Together towards Life”: Reconceptualising Missio-Formation in Changing Landscape of World Christianity, Chammah Kaunda and Roderick Hewitt
  • 2015: "Toward Epistemic Decolonial Turn in Missio-Formation in African Christianity" Chammah Kaunda and Roderick Hewitt, WCC Publications: Geneva (Wiley-Blackwell)

Papers in Published Conference Proceedings

  • 1997. Building Missionary Congregations, United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands
  • 2005. The Shaping of a Missional Church for our Times, Next Step, CWM General Secretaries and Finance Officers
  • 2006 The Missiological Implications of the Accra Confession, CWM: London
  • 2007 Rejoice in Christ: Building Communities of Hope; Church of South India, Chennai, India

Conferences Presentations

  • 2004 Mission and Ecumenism in the Household of Life:  New challenges and their implications for   International organizations, WARC, Geneva
  • 2006 God in Your Grace, Transform the World, Church of South India Synod, Bangalore
  • 2006 Rereading Acts 2 in the light of Caribbean Hermeneutics, Moderator’s Conference, United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.
  • 2007 Matthew’s Great Commission: Significance and Relevance for the Church’s Mission Today. United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands
  • 2007 Tackling newer emerging vulnerabilities leading to Human Trafficking, Church of South India, Darjeeling, India
  • 2007 Overcoming Fear with Faith, Zimbabwe Summit, South Africa, CWM
  • 2007 Theological Reflections on the 200th Anniversary of the abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, UTCWI, Kingston, Jamaica
  • 2008 Christian Spirituality, Jamaica Baptist Union Assembly, Kingston
  • 2009 No Transformation without Reconciliation, National Prayer Breakfast, Kingston, Jamaica.
  • 2009 Transformational Leadership, United Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa, Johannesburg
  • 2010 Peace in the Market Place, WCC Peace Convocation, Kingston, Jamaica (May 17-26, 2010)
  • 2011 Overcoming Structural Greed, WCC AGAPE Meeting, Hungary
  • 2011 Ethical Investment in a Context of Recession, WCC AGAPE Meeting/ North    America PWE meeting, Calgary, Canada, November 4-11
  • 2012 Re-articulating Christian Mission and Evangelism, CWME Conference, Manila, Philippines
  • 2013 Healing and Reconciliation and Integration, Zimbabwe, March 5-8
  • 2013 Spirituality for Democracy, University of Pretoria, November 14
  • 2014 For The healing of The Nations: Rastafari Theological Reflections on the decriminalization of Marijuana/Ganga, UKZN March 2014
  • 2015 The Changing Landscape of Christianity and The Challenging Context of Secularism , University of Western Cape, July 5-7, 2015
  • 2015 Conservative Christianity in Jamaica and the Israeli Palestinian Conflict, CWM’s Theological Colloquium entitled Mission in the Context of Empire: A Call for Global Theological Resistance for Palestine on 28 to 31 October 2015
  • 2015 Stealing Land in the Name of Religion, Black Theology of Liberation: Twenty One Years Later Conference, on the 22- 23 October 2015, University of Pretoria

Published Newspaper Articles (Jamaica Gleaner)

  • 2001 Jamaica needs second emancipation to overcome violence
  • 2004 Lack of National Consensus to fight Crime
  • 2005 A Dennis the Menace Character Flaw
  • 2006 Religious Fundamentalism and the Scourge of Violence in Jamaica
  • 2007 Political leadership, Spirituality and Ethics
  • 2007 Baptism by Wind, Water and Fire;
  • 2007 Faking it at Christmas
  • 2008 Jamaica Held to Ransom not by gunmen but by local militias
  • 2008 The Murder of Common Sense
  • 2009 Extreme Moral Makeover Needed
  • 2009 Abusing Power, Running on empty
  • 2010 Moral Lowlifes within Political Culture
  • 2014 Christian Fundamentalism and the Israeli Palestinian conflict (Radio Jamaica Website: http://www.rjrnewsonline.com/opinion/christian-fundamentalism-and-the-israeli-palestinian-conflict

Research Support

  • My major research work over the past two years was to complete the publication of my new Book “Church and Culture” which was completed in December 2012
  • Between 2012/2013 I worked with an international group of scholar to develop a text for the WCC with a Practical Guide which was made launched in Geneva and over 3000 copies shared with delegates at the recent WCC Assembly in Korea (October 28-November 8)
  • My current research is another Book on “Developing Missional Congregations” to be published end of 2016

Teaching

Since my arrival in South Africa 2010, I have developed and taught Ecumenical Perspectives and Missiology and African Theologies in the Diaspora

I have ensured that Ecumenical perspectives on Wealth, Poverty an Ecology and brought to bear on some the courses

  • Through my involvement with the WCC, I have ensured that our Post-graduate students are exposed to the latest developments in ecumenical and missiological debates
  • I have introduced issues of African Theologies in the Diaspora into African Theology and Constructing Black Masculinities into Gender Studies.
  • Participate in the development of Module/Programme Template for Religion and Governance
  • Developing with Dr Kumalo MOU for SRPC and CWM to agree for attracting international 10 Postgraduate Students. Agreed for UKZN-SRPC to become Hub for African students linked to CWM

Internal Examiner  and External Examiner of Post Graduate students

Graduated Students

  • 2012 Gladys Atem Graduated 2012 MTh Main
  • 2012 Lesmore Ezekiel Graduated 2012 MTh Supervisor
  • 2012 Corin Magielies Graduated 2013 BTh (Hons) co-supervisor
  • 2013 Chammah Kaunda Graduated 2013 PhD Co-supervisor
  • 2013 James Reynolds Graduated 2013 PhD Co-supervisor
  • 2014 Innocent IYAKAREMYE, Graduated 2014 PhD Co-Supervisor
  • 2014 TSVAKAI ZHOU, Graduated 2014 PhD Co-Supervisor
  • 2014 James Miriago Graduate MTh -Supervisor
  • 2014 Patrick Pillay Graduate MTh Supervisor
  • 2015 Millicent Kuzwayo, MTh (Co Supervisor-Roderick Hewitt)
  • 2015 Dominic Mulenga Mukuka, MTh Supervisor
  • 2015 Thathu Mokonea, MTh Supervisor
  • 2016 (Ainia Ndapewa), MTh Supervisor
  • 2016 Lesmore Ezekiel PhD Supervisor
  • 2016 Brian Konkol  PhD  (Gerald West- Co-supervisor:)
  • 2016 Buhle Mpofu PhD (Federico Settler Co-supervisor),
  • 2016 Benjamin Pokol PhD (Prof Kumalo- Co-supervisor-),
  • 2016 George Kurie PhD (Prof R Hewitt Co-supervisor)

Current supervision Workload

  • 9 PhD Students; 2 Sole –Supervisor and 7 co-supervised
  • 3 Masters

Service

  • 1978-1984 Member, Board of Management, Knox College, Jamaica
  • 1997-2010 Member Board of Management, Knox Community College, Jamaica
  • 1997-2007 Member, Board of Management, Mona Preparatory School
  • 1997-2010 Chaplain, Mona Preparatory School
  • 2000-2010 Co-Host, Issues in the News, Love FM Radio, Kingston: This is a weekly
    • Radio Programme that critiques issues in the news from a theological perspective
  • 2003-2007 Member Board of Governor, United Theological College of the West Indies
  • 2005-2010 Chairman Member Board of Management, Knox Community College, Jamaica
  • 2005-2010 Member, Board of Management, International University of the Caribbean
  • 2006-2007 Member, Board of Management, University Hospital of the West Indies
  • 2006-2010 Founding Director, Hope Counselling and Wellness Centre: The Child Resiliency Programme of the Hope Counseling and Wellness Centre is an outreach programme of the Hope United Church. It is a collaborative effort between the Church, schools, families and health services in order to build a broad enough network of protection for our young people. It seeks to meet the needs of pre-adolescents and build on their competencies as the most effective strategy for preventing multiple problems. It also aims to focus on promoting physical, social, cognitive, vocational and moral competence.(http://childresiliency.org/)
  • 2012- Currently working with Prof. R Kumalo in the development the Religion and Governance programme. Over the past two years we have work with the Government Correctional Services to developed training programmes for persons working with  

International Service

  • 2005-2006 Co-Moderator, Mission in Unity Project, World Alliance of Reformed Churches, Geneva
  • 2007-2012 Member, AGAPE Movement, World Council of Churches, Geneva
  • 2003-2009 Moderator: Council for World Mission, London, United Kingdom
  • 2012- CWME-WCC Reference Group
  • 2013 Member, Board of Advisors of International Review of Mission- CWME/WCC

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