Who do you think you are? A theological reflection on identity and mission in the Anglican diocese of Mauritius

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This theological reflection uses O’Neill and Shercliff’s four sources approach to reflect on a visit to the Diocese of Mauritius in the Anglican Province of the Indian Ocean. The inciting incident for the reflection was a comment made by a member of the clergy during a diocesan retreat which the author was leading. In the reflection, aspects of the author’s Mauritian heritage are held together alongside Anglican tradition, the history of Anglican work on the island, and postcolonial theology. Through engagement with Willie James Jennings’ work on languages and the historical missionary work of the diocese, the author makes suggestions to further the ministry and mission of the Anglican Church in Mauritius derived from mixed-race and postcolonial identity. This may be through further engagement with the lingua franca on the island, Mauritian Creole, alongside an in-depth knowledge of the culture and customs of this multi-ethnic society in order to create a posture of mission and ministry that is derived from the culture rather than imposed upon it through colonial legacy.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
JournalPractical Theology
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jan 2024


  • Theological Reflection
  • Practical Theology
  • postcolonialism
  • postcolonial theology

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