This thesis develops a relevant and contextual Christology for contemporary Nigeria against the backdrop of the lingering crises of peace and mutuality, and the dominant form of Christology – “solution-oriented Christology – a Christology that dwells upon Christ’s divine power to liberate from life concerns.
It addresses the problem of peace and mutuality in Nigeria using a Christological framework. The thesis proposes two Christological paradigms for peace and mutuality: the Reign of God and reconciliation which can be articulated in the form of prophetic dialogue and prophetic Christology.
The thesis argues that given the existing religious consciousness of the Nigerian people, these Christological paradigms can function as models for the mission of Nigerian Christianity in the twenty-first century. When articulated, the paradigms may foster the quest for peace, mutuality, and social transformation in Nigeria. This thesis encapsulates a Christian option for the solution to the escalating problem of peace and mutuality in Nigeria.
Our work presents a meta-synthesis of 76 peer-reviewed, qualitative-research journal
articles related to our research interest in the spiritual care training available for relatives and friends
of people living with dementia. A total of 244 articles was reviewed prior to the application of
selection criteria. The final sample of 2698 research participants across our selection of 76 peerreviewed
qualitative-research studies serves to demonstrate the value of spiritual care as an aspect
of holistic palliative and dementia care. The development and implementation of spiritual-care
standards and practices in healthcare generally is increasingly widespread. Most current training
resources are designed for healthcare professionals, and our meta-synthesis identifies the need for
training resources that equip and train volunteer spiritual carers, namely, the relatives and friends
of people living with dementia. Our meta-synthesis suggests there is a need to develop training
resources that equip relatives and friends with skills that prioritise attentive presence, spiritual
intelligence, emotional intelligence, and, primarily, sensory spiritual practices. Beyond this metasynthesis,
developing and trialling suitable training materials and events will become the focus of an
action research project.