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The View from Africa
Originally Posted: 08/07/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

Seeing life so big and so real in this cradle of civilization was just what we needed — and it all felt so far away from Washington, D.C. Sabbath should change our perspective and restore us again. ...

Church of England Approves Women Bishops in Historic Vote
Originally Posted: 07/14/2014 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

After 20 years of turmoil and angry debate, on Monday the General Synod of the Church of England said “yes” to women bishops. After 20 years of turmoil and angry debate, on Monday ...

At Angelina Jolie-Chaired Summit, Faith Leaders Work to End Sexual Violence
Originally Posted: 06/12/2014 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

Religious leaders from across Africa and England came together Wednesday to discuss the role clergy should play in preventing and responding to sexual violence. Religious leaders ...

Unintended Journeys -- Showing the Effects of Natural Disasters and Climate Change
Originally Posted: 03/20/2014 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

The temporary 'Unintended Journeys' exhibit, which runs until Aug. 13, is a powerful photographic portrait of the catastrophic effects environmental disasters are having on millions of people around ...

African Church Leaders Resist Gay Rights, Call it a Colonial Import
Originally Posted: 03/06/2014 - 6:03pm | Type: Blog

A call for greater acceptance of gays and lesbians has put African and Western churches on a collision course, as some African clerics liken mounting criticism from the U.S. and Europe to a new wave of coloniz ...

'What is to prevent me from being baptized?'
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Reta Halteman Finger Philip's encounter with the Ethiopian eunuch. A Bible study. LUKE'S SECOND VOL ...

Church of England's Call for Dialogue on Gays Rebuffed in Africa
Originally Posted: 01/30/2014 - 5:29pm | Type: Blog

Ahead of his five-day visit to Africa, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby issued a statement reminding Anglicans of the commitment the Church of England made eight years ago to the pastoral care and support ...

Walk a Mile in My Shoes
Originally Posted: 01/28/2014 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

400-year “Usoni” experience in Africa (Ex. 22:21; 23:9). In fact, they were to welcome strangers because ...

COMMENTARY: The Church's Role in, and Against, Homophobia Across Africa
Originally Posted: 01/27/2014 - 6:15pm | Type: Blog

In the last month, many Westerners watched in horror as Uganda, and then Nigeria, enacted laws that are brutally repressive to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. In t ...

Two Steps Obama Can Take to Defeat AIDS
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama should be commended for uniting the world behind the goal of creating an AIDS-free generation, but we can achieve this only if we accelerate the provision of antiretrovirals to the poore ...

10 Years After Gene Robinson, African Anglicans Take Stock
Originally Posted: 08/27/2013 - 5:08pm | Type: Blog

Concerned that the crisis in the worldwide Anglican Communion is deepening, conservative Anglican primates in Africa are organizing a second conference to discuss ways of returning the church to what they desc ...

African Chief Evangelizes About Adult Circumcision
Originally Posted: 08/05/2013 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

In some African countries, tribes have shunned circumcision because it was seen as a Muslim practice or was simply considered primitive. “We thought they were born differently and had to reconfigure the way th ...

African Religious Leaders Reject Obama’s Call to Decriminalize Homosexuality
Originally Posted: 07/08/2013 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

Religious leaders in Africa strongly rebuked President Obama’s call to decriminalize homosexuality, suggesting it’s the reason why he received a less-than-warm welcome during a recent trip to the continent. ...

Finding Hope and Wholeness in My Son’s Return to Africa
Originally Posted: 05/29/2013 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

Malaria, tuberculosis, and diarrhea-related fatalities remain high in Malawi. So does unemployment, particularly among younger workers in urban areas such as Blantyre, where it is approximately 70 percent. But ...

Sojo Stories: Immunizing 250 Million Children By 2015
Originally Posted: 05/03/2013 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

The GAVI Alliance, a public-private partnership aimed at increasing worldwide access to immunizations, has a goal of reaching 250 million children by 2015. Dr. Mercy Ahun, GAVI special representative in Geneva ...

VIDEO: Malawi Activist on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 12:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors While many people continue to believe there is no climate crisis, those most affected by global warming—particularly in the global South—know otherwise. According to ...

'The impacts are quite severe on the ground'
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Victor Mughogho Victor Mughogho works with local churches in southeast A ...

DRONE WATCH: Drones in Niger
Originally Posted: 03/25/2013 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

U.S. Air Force is now flying surveillance drones from a base in Niger. While the drone debate continues to grow, the administration is moving to expand their use. According to t ...

Dr. Livingstone, I Presume? Missionary Icon Turns 200
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

When journalist Henry Morton Stanley found the world’s most famous missionary barely alive at the tiny village of Ujiji on the shores of Lake Tanganyika on Nov. 10, 1871, he gave the English language one of it ...

DRONE WATCH: Drone Base in Niger
Originally Posted: 02/25/2013 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

U.S. troops are in Niger to support a new drone base. With a short note  to the Congressional leadership, President Barack Obama announced last week that a total of 100 U ...

DRONE WATCH: Drones in Africa
Originally Posted: 01/29/2013 - 11:56am | Type: Blog

U.S. plans to base surveillance drones in northern Africa. The New York Times reports that the U.S. is preparing to establish a base in northwest Africa so that it can fly ...

Water as a Women’s Issue
Originally Posted: 12/03/2012 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

On Friday, the day before World AIDS Day 2012, I had the privilege of attending World Vision’s Strong Women, Strong World luncheon in New York City. Strong Women, Strong World is a new initiative “supporting s ...

Celebrating the Miraculous on World AIDS Day
Originally Posted: 11/28/2012 - 1:36pm | Type: Blog

Since the early days of HIV/AIDS, the main focus has been on a cure. Researchers worked tirelessly for it and the faithful asked God to provide it. But the cure has never come. And yet, as we mark another Worl ...

Kenyan Church Leaders Say Laws Would Weaken Marriage
Originally Posted: 11/19/2012 - 11:10pm | Type: Blog

Kenyan church leaders are lining up in opposition to proposed new marriage bills, which they say will weaken marriage by allowing cohabiting couples to register as married. One bill would bring Christian, Hindu, Muslim, civil, and customary marriages ...

Bono Preaches the Gospel of Social Justice at Georgetown
Originally Posted: 11/14/2012 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

"It changed him," Bono said of St. Ignatius and his conversion experience. "It forced him out of bed and into the world. And that's what I'm hoping happens here in Georgetown with you. ...

Activists Say Religion Key to Combating Female Genital Mutilation
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

Because of its severity and prevalence, female genital mutilation (FGM, or "cutting") is arguably one of the most important human rights issues in the world. It’s also become increasingly important i ...

Kenyan Churches Claim Herbs Threaten HIV/AIDS Patients
Originally Posted: 10/24/2012 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

NAIROBI, Kenya -- Church leaders are pressing the Kenyan government to scientifically test herbal medicines that are used by millions to manage and treat diseases, saying the nontraditional therapies could be ...

A Lesson in Selflessness
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 10:54am | Type: Blog

Here, I had come to bring God to my African friends. Instead, God came to me in this African woman and her child. Peacemaking happens in many forms. Sometimes peace is offered to ...

Ethiopia: Motherhood is Powerful, Precious
Originally Posted: 10/23/2012 - 9:38pm | Type: Blog

Sunday afternoon, after us ONE Moms dropped our luggage at the hotel, piled into our chartered bus, and drove to the outskirts of the city to the Mary Joy Aid Through Development Association, I met my Ethiopia ...

DRONE WATCH: Secret Drone War in Africa
Originally Posted: 08/13/2012 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

America's secret drone war in Africa. David Axe, in Wired , examines America’s secret drone war in Africa . “More secret bases. More and better unmanned warplanes. ...

On Africa Visit, Clinton Focuses On Tackling AIDS
Originally Posted: 08/06/2012 - 1:22pm | Type: Blog

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton highlights efforts targeting AIDS. From The Washington Post : If this small nation, with a per capita income of less than $3 a day ...

Turning the Tide on AIDS
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 12:05pm | Type: Blog

With an estimated 10,000 religious leaders worldwide now living openly with HIV, according to Ugandan pastor Gideon Byamugisha — the first African faith leader to publicly reveal his HIV-positive status — the ...

The U.S. and Africa – Where There is Political Will, There Is A Way
Originally Posted: 06/15/2012 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

This week, the Brookings Institution hosted an event which looked back at the last 12 years of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, which the Institution estimates has created 300,000 jobs in Africa and tak ...

Is Bono Really $1.5 Billion Richer with Facebook IPO? (Don't Believe the Hype, He Says)
Originally Posted: 05/21/2012 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

Do Not Display (Africa, Bono, extreme poverty, Facebook, g8, IPO, Racial and Social Justice, U2, Economic Justice, Quick Read) Africa,Bono,extreme poverty,Faceboo ...

Bono to the G8: Transparency, 'We Won't Have Food Security Without It'
Originally Posted: 05/21/2012 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

be home to 400 million of the world's poorest of the poor, but it is also one of the richest lands ...

Wars and Rumors of War
Originally Posted: 03/05/2012 - 7:41pm | Type: Blog

While compiling the morning “Daily Digest,” I often recall the advice of Karl Barth, who is said to have told young theologians “to take your Bible and take your newspaper, and read both. But interpret newspa ...

Hershey's Fair Trade Announcement is Bliss
Originally Posted: 02/06/2012 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

We missed this announcement last week, but it’s good news and so it’s worth going back a few days for! There was good news for ethical chocolate lovers last week when Hershey’s announced a number of measures t ...

Fighting Fire with Water
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 12:55pm | Type: Magazine Article

Marie Dennis With U.S. troops now in Africa to escalate the fight against the Lord's Resistance Army, clergy in the region express c ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: Kuwa na Krismasi njema!
Originally Posted: 12/20/2011 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

Each day leading until Christmas we will post a different video rendition of the "Hallelujah Chorus" for your holiday enjoyment and edification. Today's installment comes from the POTS Chorus o ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Monday, December 5, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/05/2011 - 7:47pm | Type: Blog

Occupy igloos ... and rooftops. Buy a gun for the one you love ... or a walk-on role on True Blood (for charity!) Theological wisdom from the mouths of (muppet) otters and stand-up comedians. And you never kno ...

Progress, Proof, Promise: Advent Expectations for the End of AIDS
Originally Posted: 12/02/2011 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

AIDS/HIV FUNDING DESPITE PLEDGES, BUT PURCHASES $400 million OF SMALLPOX VACCINE.  1.     Most ... DESPITE PLEDGES, BUT PURCHASES $400 million OF SMALLPOX VACCINE.  1.     Most of the 1% ...

Bono Fights the Good Fight
Originally Posted: 12/02/2011 - 2:38pm | Type: Blog

OBAMA CUTS AIDS/HIV FUNDING OBAMA CUTS AIDS/HIV FUNDING DESPITE PLEDGES, BUT PURCHASES $400 million ...

A Little Happy: Surfing Goat
Originally Posted: 11/15/2011 - 8:55pm | Type: Blog

It's been a rough day for some of you, so here's a little something to make you (hopefully) smile. It's been a rough day for some of you, so here's a little s ...

The Morning Sojo: November 7, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/07/2011 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

A round-up of recent Op-Ed columns from the mainstream media. A round-up of recent Op-Ed columns from the mainstream media. Susan Straight , an author whose nove ...

Not All Budget Cuts Are Created Equal
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 5:08pm | Type: Blog

Less than one percent of the federal budget goes to foreign aid. Our spending on development and foreign assistance is not -- by any stretch of the facts or imagination -- our national debt. ...

A Peacemakers Litany
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

Gracious Lord, Gracious Lord, We dream of a world free of poverty and oppression, we yearn for a world free of vengeance and violence, and a nation -- America -- that ...

Earth-Friendly Halloween Recipes
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

My personal favorite, from 101CookBooks.com, Thai-spiced Pumpkin Soup: My personal favorite, from 101CookBooks.com, Thai-spiced Pumpkin Soup : I've made this ...

The "Atonement-Only" Gospel
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

I really enjoyed the "debate" I had Thursday night with Al Mohler , president of Southern Baptist Seminary, at my own seminary alma mater, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in the northern suburb ...

Halloween Treats Can Be Tricky: The Ethics of Chocolate
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

There are plenty of big things for us to worry about in America right now. Occupy Wall Street movement is spreading quickly across North America and around the world. There ...

Andrew Marin answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:35pm | Type: Blog

To me, reclaiming the word evangelical starts with how Christians see their call by Jesus in Matthew 28 as the Great Commission. To me, reclaiming the word evangelical start ...