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. […]

On Not Being an Orphanage: Development(‘s History) vs./and Liberation

What if development, as we knew it, was inherently bad? I have not written on this blog for quite awhile, because I was reading.  It was the first book I have read since college, and it was a dense, long-winded one: Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez’s “A Theology of Liberation.” Gutierrez’s basic argument is that truly Christian […]

Making Peace by Not Doing: Good Slacktivism

“What do you do?” is typically the second question anybody asks you, if you are over the age of 20.  We are socialized to formulate a response relating to our professional career, workplace position title, or place of employment, which are usually indicative of our socio-economic status. We have allowed what we do from 9 […]

Responding to a Dream

I would have never imagined God speaking to me through a dream.  Nor would I have ever trusted anyone telling me God spoke to them through a dream.  So out of fairness, feel free to disregard the entire story below.  I have no credible evidence, nor even a desire to prove that what I’m about […]

Spiritual Worldview and Worship Music: America v. Uganda

Today I attended a worship service at a church which I believe is struggling to authentically enact and understand the radical communion (“common union”) of the Kingdom reality.  Its musical worship did not consistently feel like it measured up to this commitment, though. Week after week, in this church and in others, I find myself […]

Evangelical Pennsylvania’s Diluted Faith

In the town where I grew up, every church is pretty much an evangelical church.  The poorly-attended mainline and Catholic churches are usually no exception.  The language clergy use is highly individualistic and the “goal” of most congregations is to get more people into heaven (i.e. “accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior”). […]

Christmas: What Ugandan Dictators can learn from the late Roman Tyrants

What President of the NRM regime, Yoweri K. Museveni, must learn from the late Roman tyrants (the richest, most powerful people in world history, given inflation), whose power was threatened by the birth of a little Jewish kid in a barn: If you want to steal land to expand your empire, train your men under […]

What life in Uganda has to do with Sandy Hook violence

When I first began living with a Ugandan family, even in an urban setting, I had trouble sitting still.  My body was jittery.  The ninth-grade drummer in me couldn’t stop tapping on furniture to break the silence.  I sat in a dark room for hours at a time, dwelling in the ambiance of human breath and […]

Women: The Stronger Gender

I remember visiting both the men’s and women’s prisons in Lira with Pastor Ogwang-Ocen (my “omara,” meaning we wedded women of the same village). The jails in Lira were a good experience every time, particularly the ladies’ side.  Some women were guilty, and others innocent – guilty murderers and also victims of wrongful blame – […]

Where God Stopped Being Sovereign: From the White House to the Hills of Kyongera

This is the time of year where we intentionally extend gratitude toward the Almighty for our blessings.  “We are really blessed with so much,” say millions on Thanksgiving Day, referring to their TVs, their cars, their gadgets, their formal education, and the safety of their families.  Youth groups who travel to the two-thirds world for […]