East African Revival

views updated

East African Revival or Balokole (Luganda, ‘saved ones’). A widespread Christian renewal movement with several independent origins. In the 1930s it spread among Ugandan Anglicans and then into Kenya and Tanzania, working alongside the churches and avoiding schism, although meeting at first with a mixed reception from church leaders. It is essentially a lay movement, African in style and control, that has transcended tribal, racial, and church divisions, and has produced its own theology, organization, and hymns; one revival chorus, ‘Tukutendereza’ (‘We praise thee, Jesus’), is now widely known.

About this article

East African Revival

Updated About encyclopedia.com content Print Article Share Article