What makes theology “African theology?”

Is it any theology performed by any African? Is it theology derived from a distinct African religious tradition, such as traditional belief systems or Ethiopian Orthodoxy? Is it theology that is distinct from western forms of theology imported during eras of colonialism and Christian mission? Is it theology read into Africa, or Africa read into […]

Probably the Single Best Theology I Have Ever Read in under Five Minutes

Well, it’s actually notes on a speech from last year, but I can feel the speaker’s intend effect nonetheless: http://amahoro2013.tumblr.com/post/51545271334/bishop-zac-the-politics-of-the-kingdom-of-god Some selected excerpts:  “The Australian government had a policy to take away these children from their mothers, because they believed that their mothers had no capacity to raise children because they were not human beings. […]

2 Stories About This Head

1) It was moulded from mud by a primary school drop-out named Bashid, who lives in a village adjacent to Suzan’s.  He’s quite the craftsman.  Here he is in the flesh: 2) A friend came in to our office today, where I am trying to sell this sculpture to benefit its creator.  Our conversation went […]

Fighting Fear Rhetoric through Interfaith Collaboration: A 9/11 Reflection

Some may believe that the United States is the only nation in which government officials and companies benefit from fear-mongering, especially on the anniversaries of tragic incidents such as those experienced on the East Coast on September 11th, 2001. But there are political and financial elites in other nations, such as Uganda, who also use […]

The Importance of Anger

Development workers and mediators, amongst others, tend to want to cool down the flames, to lighten the mood, to diffuse loudness and verbal aggression, to “resolve conflict” and “restore beauty.”  Yet without conflict, tension, and anger, we make very little progress, except for a short time at the surface.  Anger is authentic when experienced as […]

Tips for Being a Faithful Clergyman from a Peruvian Priest

Some pointers from Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez (paraphrased from A Theology of Liberation): 1) Your duty is to denounce social sin – the systems that oppress and alienate people. 2) Don’t make general statements. Take positions on specific events. 3) Practice kenotic love. Being a true human being requires denying yourself some luxuries as a demonstration […]

Hardcore Music, Effective Fundraising, & the Widow’s Coin

What do noisy music, raising money, and land theft have in common? Nothing, it seems. That was my first thought when a friend recently invited me on a brief tour with his band (based in New England), offering the space to sell some jewelry and reach out to music lovers on behalf of Solidarity Uganda. […]

Kingdom of God understood in Mathematical Figures

Although not rejecting all aspects of the above models, Gutierrez considers them insufficient, having dichotomized the activity of the faith community. He instead suggests that “the building of a just society…the process of liberation is…a salvific work.”

The Spiritual Dimensions of Liberation

These relationships and dimensions of liberation are all spiritual insofar as “to know God is to do justice,” a prominent understanding of the Hebrew prophets and Jesus of Nazareth.

Total Liberation Model

Created by Phil Wilmot (mistakes are mine), but derived from Gustavo Gutierrez’s work on Liberation Theology