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Ishanesu Sextus Gusha

  • Christianity
  • Zimbabwe
  • Male
  • Zimbabwe
  • East Africa
  • KAICIID Fellows

Biography Narrative

Anglican Church Cleric, Diocese of Harare

Rev. Ishanesu Sextus Gusha is from Harare, Zimbabwe where he is an  Anglican Church cleric from the Diocese of Harare and has worked with the church for the past fifteen years. A lecturer in biblical studies and biblical Greek, he is currently lecturing at two colleges where church leaders are trained: Wadzanai Training Center for Catholics, and the Bishop Gaul College for Anglicans. Ishanesu is also the founder and executive director of the Southern Africa Interfaith and Peace Academy. The organization is involved in facilitating workshops, conferences and community projects on peacebuilding and interfaith dialogue, especially for youth. He is passionate about peacebuilding and approaches the subject from five angles: interfaith dialogue, gender, good governance, ecology and ethnicity.

He has been involved in peacebuilding projects in Jos, Nigeria; Yogyakarta and Bali Indonesia; New Delhi, Jalgaon, and Pune, India and holds a BA (Hons) in religious studies, and an MA in religious studies from the University of Zimbabwe, and an MA in rheological studies from the Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Wisconsin, USA. He wrote his PhD thesis with the University of Pretoria on ethnic cohesion and  reconciliation. He is married  to Caroline and the father of one son, Isheanesu Jr. A second child is coming soon.

He is inspired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s words “There is no future without forgiveness.”

Interreligious Activities and Initiatives

Training & Manual Publication on Intercultural Dialogue for College and University Youth of Different Ethnic Backgrounds in Harare

This is a project for the training of the college/university youths of different ethnic backgrounds on intercultural dialogue. Zimbabwe is a peaceful country, but the peace is now threatened with rising ethnic polarization, especially among the Ndebele and Shona people. The government has ignored this polarization for over three decades, and the genocide traumas of the early 1980s are now taking center stage in the public discourse. The youth are the hope for tomorrow’s country recovery hence the need to take intercultural dialogue seriously as a way of building sustainable social cohesion. The project aimes at bringing youths of different ethnic backgrounds from different parts of the country. The trained youth will then be encouraged to train others from their communities, regions, religions, cultures, and professions. Therefore, it is a training targeting mainly college and university students of different socioeconomic background.