Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Social, Behavioral & Global Studies
This study focuses on ritual and Christianity's ability to transform people's perceptions of each other. In Burundi, the Evangelical Friends church uses ritual to break down the animosities between the country's two main ethnic communities, Hutu and Tutsi, and turn them into one group based on a love of God and others. The church succeeds in doing this through a program called Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC) and its Sunday gatherings. This study concludes that reconciliation is happening at a communal level, thanks in most part to Christian ritual.
Popp, Whitney, "Amahoro and God : peace through Christianity and ritual in Burundi" (2008). Capstone Projects and Theses. 138.