A Researcher Heads Home

The Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide bid farewell to a friend and scholar this week.

Dr. Paddy Musana is the head of Department of Religion and Peace Studies at Makerere University in Uganda. He has been in Cambridge since September as a fellow of the Cambridge Africa Partnership for Research Excellence. During that time, he has been based at the CCCW. He returned to Uganda earlier this week to resume his responsibilities at Makerere.

Dr. Musana’s current research examines women and Pentecostalism in Rwanda and Uganda. He used the time in Cambridge to take advantage of the wide range of resources available about the growth, history, and development of Pentecostal forms of Christianity.

“The library at the CCCW is very, very rich,” he said. “There are many people in my university from many disciplines who could benefit from spending time here.”

During his time in Cambridge, Dr. Musana presented two seminar papers, one to a CAPREx audience and one at CCCW’s regular seminar. The latter paper was titled “Christian African or African Christian: Dilemmas of Identity” and focused on questions of the inculturation of Christian faith, drawing both on Dr. Musana’s pastoral ministry and academic research.

“It was a real pleasure to have Paddy based at the CCCW these last few months,” said CCCW director Jesse Zink. “The Centre offers a base in Cambridge from which researchers such as Paddy can take advantage of the resources of the Centre and the broader university. Our seminars and life together were enriched by his presence with us.”

Dr. Musana’s departure came in the same week that the Centre hosted a handful of researchers in Cambridge for shorter periods of time, who were consulting the Centre’s rich archival collection.

The CCCW welcomes inquiries from scholars around the world who may be interested in a period of study in Cambridge.