The Catholic Church in Ireland in Transition – Reflections for Zimbabwe, Published in Mukai/Vukani

mukaiI have had an article published in the latest issue of Mukai/Vukani (meaning “Wake up!”), the Jesuit Journal for Theological Reflection in Zimbabwe. This edition (volume 64, April 2013) discusses “The Church in Transition.” With kind permission from the editor, … Read more...

Michael Bennett on the Major Christian Task of Reconciliation

image I’m always heartened when I see graduates of our Master’s in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation applying our course material in their work once they graduate. Yesterday’s guest post by Joram Tarusarira was one example of that. Today Fr Michael … Read more...

Reconciliation – The Missing Ingredient in Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies? Guest Post by Joram Tarusarira

image Last month I participated in a summer school at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany, titled ‘Societies in Transition: Sub-Saharan Africa between Conflict and Reconciliation.’ One of the many pleasures of attending the summer school was catching up with … Read more...

Comparative Perspectives on Societies in Transition – Sub-Saharan Africa between Conflict and Reconciliation: Lessons for Northern Ireland?

image I spent ten days last month at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany, at a summer school titled ‘Societies in Transition: Sub-Saharan Africa between Conflict and Reconciliation.’

Between students and the plenary speakers there were about 30 people there, … Read more...

Will Harassment Silence the Catholic Church? New Post on Religion in Zimbabwe

imageI have a new post on the Religion and Zimbabwe blog, ‘Fear in the Pulpit: Will Harassment Silence the Catholic Church in Zimbabwe?’

An earlier post I wrote about the documentary, Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children, has also been picked up by Read more...

Fr Michael Bennett on Religion in Zimbabwe – the Debate Continues

Debate continues over on the new Religion in Zimbabwe website, with the latest blog contribution from Fr Michael Bennett on ‘Pastoral Letters Versus Party Ideology.’

Bennett, a priest with St Patrick’s Missionary Society, is currently serving in Limpopo Province, … Read more...

Can the Churches Help Prevent Zimbabwe’s Road to Reform Becoming Another Dead End? New Post on Religion in Zimbabwe

imageI have a new post on the Religion in Zimbabwe blog, ‘Can the Churches Help Prevent Zimbabwe’s Road to Reform Becoming Another Dead End?’ I offer some reflections on the International Crisis Group’s latest report on the political … Read more...

Joram Tarusarira on Religion in Zimbabwe–the Debate Continues

Debate continues over on the new Religion in Zimbabwe website, with the latest blog contribution from Joram Tarusarira on ‘Deconstructing the Pastoral Letters: Let us Work for the Common Good.’

Tarusarira, now a doctoral candidate at the University of Leipzig, … Read more...

Religion in Zimbabwe: New Website & First Blog Post on Violence & Elections

image Religion in Zimbabwe, a non-governmental project based in Zimbabwe, has launched a new website, http://relzim.org/

The site features news items, academic resources, and information about religion in Zimbabwe. It also includes a blog, for which I’ve just written the first … Read more...

Is Egypt Possible in Zimbabwe?: Guest Post by Fr Michael Bennett

image The seemingly successful and relatively peaceful people’s revolution in Egypt has prompted commentators to ask if these events could spark similar movements elsewhere.

That’s a question that has been articulated in what remains of Zimbabwe’s independent media, as illustrated in … Read more...

Zimbabwean Migrant Workers in a Limpopo Village: Reflections on the Treatment of Refugees on the Feast of the Epiphany

imageJanuary 6th, the Feast of the Epiphany in the Christian calendar, is probably best known in today’s Western secular culture as the day when people  take down their Christmas decorations. For me yesterday was one of those particularly … Read more...