This book examines the responses of African Initiated Churches to HIV in Zimbabwe. It describes the changing attitudes of African Initiated Churches to the pandemic, exploring the adjustments that have been undertaken to both doctrine and practice within the movement. The contributors show how the rigidity that often characterizes African Initiated Churches (such as opposing the use of condoms, insisting on polygamy and insisting exclusively on faith healing) have gradually given way to more constructive approaches to HIV and AIDS .
Ezra Chitando is professor of history and phenomenology of religion at the University of Zimbabwe and Theology Consultant on HIV and AIDS for the World Council of Churches Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiatives and Advocacy.
1. General Introduction
2. African Initiated Churches in Zimbabwe: An Overview
Ezra Chitando and Agness Chiwara
3. African Initiated Churches in Zimbabwe and HIV: Prevention and the Transformation of Cultural Practices
Ezra Chitando and Brenda Mwerenga
4. Prophetesess/Prophets and HIV and AIDS in African Initiated Churches in Harare: The Case of the Holy Apostolic Church Established By Susan Ziki-Dube
Nisbert Taisekwa Taringa
5. African Initiated Churches, Masculinities, and HIV
6. Discussion, Conclusion, and Recommendations