Zimbabwe: Transitional Justice & Reconciliation Options

image I reviewed Xoliswa Sithole’s documentary, Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children, on this blog back in March. I hope that the BBC’s recent re-airing of the film has once again highlighted the situation in Zimbabwe, which continues to be precarious for the … Read more...

South Africa & the World Cup: Challenging Stereotypes?

image Today’s Irish Times carries a commentary by Joe Humphreys titled, ‘Africa Should not be Defined by Single Events.’ Citing the recent example of the successful World Cup in South Africa, Humphreys notes how media coverage changed dramatically from hysterical predictions … Read more...

Poloma and Hood Book Review: Blood and Fire – Is this the Emerging Church?

image Margaret Poloma and Ralph Hood’s recent book, Blood and Fire: Godly Love in a Pentecostal Emerging Church (NY University Press, 2008), left me feeling more than a little uncomfortable. Poloma and Hood offer a sociological account of a church that … Read more...

Re-Emergence in Belfast: De-Institutionalising Christianity

image Last week as the conference, ‘Re-emergence: Christianity and the Event of God,’ was coming to a close, we were shaken out of our conversations as the fire alarms in the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin at Belfast, reverberated … Read more...

Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children: Review of the Documentary by Xoliswa Sithole

image Xoliswa Sithole – an accomplished film maker who was once proud to call Zimbabwe her home – has produced a wrenching documentary chronicling the economic and political melt-down of her country, and the devastating impact this is having on children.… Read more...

Matthew Engelke Book Review: A Problem of Presence – Beyond Scripture in an African Church. What Do the Masowe Apostles and Post-Modern Christians have in Common?

image What can Christians in the West learn from the Masowe Apostles? Much can be gleaned from a remarkably insightful book, Dr Matthew Engelke’s A Problem of Presence: Beyond Scripture in an African Church (University of California Press, 2007).

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The Suspension of Bishop Paul Verryn & the Zimbabwean Refugees: Problems with being a Prophet?

image Last month Bishop Paul Verryn was suspended from the Methodist Church of Southern Africa. Bishop Verryn was a prominent anti-apartheid campaigner and has in recent years become well-known for opening the doors of the Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg … Read more...

What can the Churches Learn from Zimbabwe’s Masowe Apostles?: Isabel Mukonyora Book Review, Wandering a Gendered Wilderness

image I’m intrigued by the astronomical growth of Christianity in the majority world, and I think it’s important that Christians in the West ask themselves what the churches in all the far-flung corners of the globe can teach us. That’s a … Read more...