OLIVIA NASSAKA BANJA (REV. CANON DR.)

 

                           OLIVIA NASSAKA BANJA (REV. CANON DR.)
                            ORDAINED DEACON:  19th December 1993
                PRIESTED:      11th December 1994
                           INSTALLED CANON:  11th September 2010
       EMAIL  bnassaka@ucu.ac.ug ;
PHONE NO: 0782436997

EDUCATION: PRIMARY AND SECONDARY

1985 – 1987:   Nakasero SS Kampala: Advanced Level Certificate

1981-1984:     Nakasero SS Kampala: Ordinary Level certificate

1973 -1980:             Bat Valley Primary School Kampala

Church Planting

Planted Church St Mark friendship Village Church at Kusattu Katajunge Mukono Diocese in 2018

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
Award Year Academic Institution
Post-Doctoral Certificate: DIES/CREST Online Training Course for Supervisors of Doctoral Candidates at African Universities Oct 2018 - Feb 2019 Stellenbosch University
Doctor of Philosophy 2000 - 2004 University of Edinburgh
Master of Theology by Research 1999 - 2000 University of Edinburgh
MA Mission & Ministry 1996 - 1997 St John’s College, Nottingham University
MA Religious Studies (provisional transcript) 1995 - 1996 Makerere University
Bachelor of Divinity (Mak) 1st Class Hon 1990 - 1993 Bishop Tucker Theological College Mukono
Diploma in Education (upper 2nd 1987 -1989 Mak (National Teacher’s College Nkozi )
WORK EXPERIENCE AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Dean Faculty of Education (beginning September 2021)

Director Teaching and Learning Uganda Christian University – 3rd   Dec 2014-August 2021

 Ag. Director Teaching and Learning Uganda Christian University –   Nov 1st – 2nd December 2014

Dean Bishop Tucker School Of Divinity and Theology – July 2008 to June 2014

Senior Lecturer Uganda Christian University    –           August 2004   to date 

Lecturer Uganda Christian University              –           October 1997-2004

Coordinator Regional Colleges (UCU)         –                  1998-1999 

Female Student’s warden (UCU)      –                  1997- 1999

Ag Vicar St Andrew’s Cathedral Mityana Diocese         –        1994 -1995

Curate St Andrew’s Cathedral Mityana Diocese             –         1993-1994

Secondary School Teacher Mityana SS               –               1989 – 1996

ACADEMIC /AREAS OF RESEARCH

 African Christianity, African Christian Theology, African religions, Gender and theology, Theology and culture.  I have written and published articles in books and in peer reviewed international journals in the above-mentioned areas of interest (see below)  

PERSONAL WRITINGS

MA Dissertation:       The implications of Jesus’ Understanding of Sin for the Church in Uganda (Submitted to the University of Nottingham -1997)

MTH Dissertation:     The Ideas of Ekibi in Baganda Oral Tradition and their Implications for the Pre-colonial Society (Submitted to the University of Edinburgh -2000)

Phd Thesis:              Kiganda and Christian ideas of Ekibi in Contemporary Baganda    Society (Submitted to the University of Edinburgh -2004)

Other Professional Responsibilities

Board Member Inter-Religious Council of Uganda             July 2020 –   to date

 Member of the Research Ethics Committee                     July 2019 – to date

Uganda Christian University                                           

Chairperson of The Bible Society of Uganda                      July 2015-2019

Vice Chairperson The Bible Society of Uganda                2013- July 2015

Member of Uganda Christian University Senate Evaluation Committee for Colleges and Campus                                                                            2016-to date  

Board Member of Uganda Joint Christian Council      March  2016- to date

Member of World Council of Churches Joint Working Committee   2014-date

Honorary international consulting editor for Anvil Journal   2011- to date

Chair Person Church of Uganda women clergy fellowship    2008 – to date

Member of centenary liturgy committee and Contributor to Book of Common Worship, Kampala: Fountain Publisher, 2013.   

Vice Chairperson Uganda Chapter of the Circle of concerned African women theologian in writing and publishing 2010 – to date

Secretary to the Theological Commission of the Church of Uganda 2008 – to date

Member of the Constitution Review Committee of the Province of the Church of Uganda 2008 – to date

Member of Uganda Joint Christian Council Ecumenical Committees 2011- 2015

Board member of Bible Society of Uganda 1999-2000, 2008- to date

Board member Reformed Theological College             2007 – to date 

Member of Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC) Task force on Peace and conflict resolution for Northern Uganda 2005 -2010 

Board member Crested Secondary School 1999- date

Book chapters

1

Taboos and wellbeing of Women,’ in Musimbi Kanyoro (ed) Groaning in Faith, Nairobi: Acton, 1996,

2

‘Impact of Globalization on Women in Uganda,’ in Philomena Mwaura (ed) Theology in the Context of Globalization: African Women’s Response, Nairobi: EATWOT, 2005

3

Christianity encounters traditional Buganda (1887-1892)’ in C. Byaruhanga and O. Nassaka Banja, Celebrating a hundred years of service, Building a great Future: The Legacy of Bishop Tucker Theological College, Mukono: UCU, 2013

4

‘Stories of the clergy women in the church of the province of Uganda’ in C. Byaruhanga and O. Nassaka Banja, Celebrating a hundred years of service, Building a great Future: The Legacy of Bishop Tucker Theological College, Mukono: UCU, 2013.

5

Contributed to Book of Common Worship, Kampala: Fountain Publisher, 2013

Co –edited books

2016 .Byaruhanga and O. Nassaka Banja, Celebrating a hundred years of service, Building a great Future: The Legacy of Bishop Tucker Theological College, Mukono: UCU, 2013 (Reprinted) 2016. https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11951/913

Articles in journal

‘Child Theology in African Context: A focus on children with disability,’ in Third African Consultation on Child Theology, London: Child Movement, 2013,

Uganda Martyrs: The place and role women’ in the Journal of Church History Society of Southern Africa Vol. xxx1v April 2008

 URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10500/4496

Papers

Contemporary Issues of Gender Equity in Africa’, Conference on Biblical Equity in Africa, Conference hosted by St. Paul’s University Limuru Kenya and Matthew 28 Ministries – USA (BEACON) at Brackenhurst Conference Centre  Limuru Kenya 30 May -3rd June 2018

‘The Journey of Women in Ministry in Uganda,’ Conference on 30 years of women’s ministry: Achievements, Challenges and opportunities, NCCK Jumia Conference Centre and St. Paul’s University Limuru, Kenya, 19-24 June 2014

‘Child Theology in African context: a focus on children with disability,’ conference on African Child Theology, Addis Ababa 11-15th Nov 2013  

‘Issues affecting women theological educators in Uganda’ at the Anglican women Theological educators’ consultation in Canterbury England from 23 February – 2nd March 2009

Women and Democracy, presented at Youth and Society Leader’s Conference, Ankrah Foundation conference centre, March 1999

Feminist Theology: its contribution to the Church in Africa,’ presented at a workshop on Renewal of Pastoral ministries held at Uganda Christian university 7th -11th September 1998. 

‘The Gospel and Culture,’ presented at the East African Youth Conference, May 1998 (Hotel Africana)

women clergy fellowship    2008 – to date

GRADUATE RESEARCH PAPERS SUPERVISED
Master of Arts Dissertations

An assessment of Church participation in the protection of Christian marriage among HIV discordant couples in Kabwohe West Ankole Diocese, submitted to UCU 2015

Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira, The Concept of Okulokoka (Salvation) Among the Christians in Namirembe Diocese and the Implications for the Church in Uganda, submitted to UCU, 2013

David Mpagi, The Canon laws of Baptism and their implication on the church of Uganda: a case study of Luwero Diocese 2013

Elias Chakupewa, An Analysis of the Relationship between Christians and Muslims in Tabora Tanzania, submitted to UCU 2009.

Robert Kagundu, Kairuki, Church ministry to single mothers and its implications for society in the Anglican Church of Kenya Embu Diocese, submitted to UCU 2009.

Norah Mirembe, External conflicts and challenges faced by inter-tribal marriages: a case for Kira sub-county, submitted to UCU 2008.

Elly Nkasime, A critical assessment of acclaim report 1997 as a strategy for the growth and development of the Church Uganda; a case study of the dioceses of Rwenzori, West Ankole and Mukono submitted to UCU 2006.

 

Master of Divinity

Isaac Wamala Sembatya An Assessment of the Causes of Poverty among the Ageing Clergy of West Buganda Diocese, submitted to UCU, 2020 

Joshua Mutabule’ The Response of Busoga Diocese to Cultural violence against women, submitted to UCU, 2015

Samuel Muwonge, The Response of the Church to the increasing cases of child sexual abuse in church founded secondary schools, submitted to UCU, 2013 

Tom Mugabi, An investigation into Male Parenting practices in the Eastern Archdeaconry of Kampala Diocese, submitted to UCU, 2011. 

 Juliet Nambumba Wabwire, Bamasaba Culture and women ordination into church ministry in Mbale Diocese, submitted to UCU, 2011. 

Beatrice Driwaru Fefia, The Church and Domestic violence in Koboko Archdeaconry Madi West Nile Diocese, submitted to UCU, 2011

PHD and Dmin

Milly Erema, Hermeneutical and Historical analysis of the concept of messiah in African instituted churches (PhD).  2018

James Serugo, A Christian response to family-work related challenges in Luweero town council (Dmin) 2018

 David Kataate, An analysis of discipleship practices among the contemporary Balokole Anglican Christians in Buganda ( DMin ) 2019

Ongoing Research supervision

Frank Kiconco,  An Assessment of the role of premarital counseling in Christian marriages, St. Francis Chapel Makerere the Central Archdeaconry of the Diocese of Kampala

Robinah Kibeedi, A critical examination of the correlation of church teachings and the economic welfare of single mothers in the Church of Uganda: a case of study Mukono Diocese (MATD)

Namuwenge Recheal, The challenges that women encounter in getting involved in theological formation with reference to John 4:1-39 (MAT)

Alexander Mogere Bosire , Integration of Prayers and Medical Treatment in Promoting Healing in Bethania Holy Mission Hospital, Nyamache Sub-county, Kiisi County, Kenya ( Dmin )

Research &Consultancies

Lead Researcher on baseline survey and needs assessment church partnership for child wellbeing project, World vision and Bishop Tucker school of Divinity and Theology Uganda Christian University July 2011

Christian teaching and African stories materials for children with World Venture and Scripture Union Uganda 2014

 

Ongoing research

i)Understanding children and their caregivers’ experiences with incontinence in humanitarian contexts

This research is being led by University of Leeds and The University of Western Australia (UWA), supported by the University of York (York). In Uganda, Plan International UK (Plan UK) and Plan International Uganda (Plan Uganda) are the implementing partners and Uganda Christian University (UCU) will assist with data collection. In Bangladesh, World Vision Bangladesh (WV-B) is the implementing partner, with logistical assistance from UNICEF Bangladesh (UNICEF-B) and research assistance from Mahbub-Ul Alam. These organisations constitute the Research Team.  I am member of the reach team UCU.  To completed this 2021

  1. “The Equalitarian Concept for the Doctrine of ‘Imago Dei’: Implications for Gender & Spirituality”, Olivia Nassaka Banja and Simon Masiga

Presentation Theme: “Gender and Spirituality”, (Abstract passed with School of women and Gender Studies, Makerere University).

  • Migrants and Refugees – Ecumenical Challenges and Opportunities, Joint Working Group

Between the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches, will be published 

WCC Publications Geneva 2022. 

EDITORIAL/RESEARCH/PROJECTS DONE

i)Lead Researcher on baseline survey and needs assessment church partnership for child wellbeing project, World vision and Bishop Tucker school of Divinity and Theology Uganda Christian University July 2011

  1. ii) Christian teaching and African stories materials for children with World Venture and Scripture Union Uganda 2014

 

Co –edited books

iii) C. Byaruhanga and O. Nassaka Banja, Celebrating a hundred years of service, Building a great Future: The Legacy of Bishop Tucker Theological College, Mukono:  UCU, 2013 (Reprinted) 2016. 

  1. iv) Selected member of the UCU Journal Editorial Board

 

Curriculum development activities

Contributed and developed curriculum of undergraduate and post graduate level, these include   Master of theology and development, Master of Arts in healthcare management, Doctor of Ministry and PhD at UCU.

Participated in the pioneer strategic imitative for eLearning and online studies Uganda Christian University