Dr. Celestin Musekura, is the President and Founder of the African Leadership And Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM, Inc.). He is an ordained Baptist minister who was born and raised in Rwanda. He received a Bachelor of Theology at Kenya Highlands Bible College in Kenya, a Master of Divinity at Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (NEGST) in Kenya, a Master of Sacred Theology and a Ph.D. in theological studies at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas. His doctoral research is on Contemporary Models of Forgiveness and he specializes in communal forgiveness.
In addition to his theological studies, Celestin has done more studies in Conflict Resolution, Mediation, and Reconciliation at the Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia (USA) and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas (USA). His pastoral and Christian leadership ministries include six years of pastoring in Rwanda and serving in administration with the Association des Eglises Baptistes du Rwanda (AEBR). He served on the international and continental level as the Africa Regional Director for MAP International (Nairobi, Kenya), the Director for MAP-Reconciliation Ministries, and the Associate Director for SIM-Urban Ministries Support Group (Nairobi, Kenya). He co-founded the Sudan Evangelical Alliance (SEA) to help the persecuted churches in the southern Sudan to stand united in their suffering and in their outreach to their nation. Celestin has served as an Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary and Criswell College in Dallas, Texas.
Celestin is married to Bernadette and they have four children. Splitting their time between the United States and Africa, they currently make their temporal home in Dallas, Texas where they serve in the ALARM US office.
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• Check out Celestin’s books on our Recommended Reading page.
How do you define ‘Ubuntu’?
“’Ubuntu’ literally, in my mother tongue, means grace,” says Dr. Celestin Musekura, President and Founder of African Leadership And Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM, Inc.), as well as a co-founder of the Sudan Evangelical Alliance. Ubuntu philosophy is that “I am because you are,” as opposed to the European philosophy that “I am because I am.” “Ubuntu philosophy says if I am going to be human, I must accept the humanity of the other person.”
How do you define reconciliation?
“It is the desired ultimate result of forgiveness that you will reconcile,” according to Dr. Celestin Musekura, President and Founder of African Leadership And Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM, Inc.), as well as a co-founder of the Sudan Evangelical Alliance. The relational act of reconciliation can be a tricky subject and is often confused with forgiveness, which is an internal change of heart.
Will God only forgive us if we forgive others?
“Our forgiveness of others reflects our un-forgiveness,” says Dr. Celestin Musekura, the President and Founder of African Leadership And Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM, Inc.), as well as co-founder of the Sudan Evangelical Alliance. Our community and fellowship is sustained by mutual forgiveness because of our own human sinfulness. In regard to Matthew 6, “This is not the forgiveness that gives us eternal life, this is forgiveness that gives us daily nourishment.”
More Celestin Musekura Videos
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The Danger of Tribalism in American Politics
Does forgiving someone mean they don’t need to be punished?
How can American denominations reconcile?
How can I get directly involved in rebuilding Rwanda?
How did you learn to love and forgive?
How do we forgive someone that isn’t sorry?
How do we help someone recover from guilt and shame?
How do you teach human dignity?
Should Christians participate in war?
What did you like about the 2011 Justice Conference?
What is peace?
What is the relationship between forgiveness and justice?
Why is leadership important?
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