9/21/15 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Ashland University Religion Department is hosting two lectures by the Rev. Berthe Kalombo Nzeba, the first female protestant clergy in the Democratic Republic of Congo, on Tuesday, Sept. 29.
Nzeba will be sharing her story and speaking on “The Congo’s Great Challenge” on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at noon in the Center for Nonviolence at AU located in Bixler Hall and at 7 p.m. in the Dauch College’s Ridenour Room. The events are both free and open to the public.
Nzeba, who works with war orphans and rape victims, was first ordained in 1978 and is the first female protestant clergy in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Nzeba is the Women’s President for the West Kinshasa Synod of the Presbyterian Church of Kinshasa (CPK) and pastor of the CPK Brikin parish in Kinshasa.
She also is the General Secretary of the Women and Families Department of the ecumenical, protestant, umbrella group, the Church of Christ in Congo (ECC). For the last 10 years, Nzeba has coordinated national and international church efforts in support of women and children impacted by the conflict in Eastern Congo.
Since 1996, 5.4 million people have lost their lives due to war in the Congo and millions have been displaced by the violence. Thirty different militia groups continue to terrorize the local population. Nzeba oversees efforts in support of survivors of rape and war orphans. She is an active interlocutor in ecumenical platforms for peace and security in the Great Lakes Region.
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.