Harvey Sindima

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Rev. Dr. Harvey J Sindima is a Malawian theologian, philosopher, professor and author. He has written extensively on matters of African philosophy, religious ethics and spirituality. He is the original voice behind the Malawian philosophy of personhood: "umunthu". [1] He also works on independent charity project called Blantyre North Relief Project (BNRP) in Blantyre, Malawi with his wife Gertrude Sindima.[2]

As part of the BNRP, Harvey and Gertrude Sindima have built an independent university, Sindima Memorial Institute. It is a liberal arts university with a great emphasis in the fields of medicine, science, arts and technology. It is built solidly on the foundations of "umunthu." It was started with some logistical support from several long-term friends of the Sindimas, and these include Dr. Silas Ncozana, Dr. Augustine Musopole, and Dr. Harvey Kwiyani.

He received a CTS at the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian Theological College in 1976.[3] He attended the CPS New College and University of Edinburgh well. He received a Masters in divinity from the International Theological Center in 1982 and a PhD at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1988. He currently teaches at Colgate University.[4]


  • The Gospel According to the Marginalized - 2010
  • Introduction to Religious Studies - 2009
  • Reclaiming Christianity in the 21st. Century: Building a Spiritual Powerhouse - 2007
  • The Gospel According to John: A Devotional Commentary - 2006
  • Africa's Agenda: The Legacy of Liberalism and Colonialism in the Crisis of African Values (Contributions in Afro-American and African Studies: Contemporary Black Poets)- 2005
  • The Gospel According to the Marginalized (Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Studies in Religion, Culture, and Social Development ; Vol. 6) - 2005
  • Malawi's First Republic: An Economic and Political Analysis - 2002
  • Religious and Political Ethics in Africa: A Moral Inquiry (Contributions in Afro-American and African Studies)- 1998
  • Drums of Redemption: An Introduction to African Christianity (Contributions to the Study of Religion)- 1994
  • The Legacy of Scottish Missionaries in Malawi (Studies in the History of Missions) - 1992


  • Education and Independence: Education in South Africa, 1658-1988 (Contributions in Afro-American and African Studies: Contemporary Black Poets) by Simphiwe A. Hlatshwayo-2000