Transfigured Night

Mission and Culture in Zimbabwe's Vigil Movement

Titus Leonard Presler


The book is out of print.


From the dusk-to-dawn preachings of Anglicans and Methodists to the nocturnal fire-walking of Marange Apostles, a grassroots movement of all-night vigils has catalysed a dynamic religious renewal among mission-founded and African Initiated churches in Zimbabwe since the liberation war. With vivid narrative and close analysis, Titus Presler explores how the movement transformed its roots in Shona Spirit religion and the guerrillas' wartime rallies into a powerful force for Christian mission. From the night vigils, Presler offers a new perspective on the interaction of religion and culture in the development of authentic African Christianity.


This work is significant in-depth studies in recent years on the contextualisation/inculturation of the African church. This title is part of the series of publications on African Initiatives in Christian Mission.


The Rev. Dr. Titus Presler is interim Pastor at Church of St. Simon the Cyrenian, New Rochelle in New York, since 2009.