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Tutu Confronts ANC, Zimbabwe Launches Recovery Program
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

It has been another week of high drama in South Africa and more mixed news from Zimbabwe. In South Africa three key issues have dominated public debate. It has been another week o ...

'Greek Moments' in South Africa and Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

During my studies in theology, my colleagues and I jokingly referred to particularly difficult concepts or issues that we had a hard time understanding as "a Greek moment," or say "this is Gree ...

Through Lenten Darkness, Rays of God's Grace in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

The sad news from Zimbabwe continues The sad news from Zimbabwe continues (activist, Africa, Churches, farm invasions, global issues, God's Politics, Grace, Hope, Hum ...

Zimbabwe Prime Minister's Wife Killed in Car Crash
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<span style="color: #000000;">A dark cloud has descended on Zimbabwe. A dark cloud has descended on Zimbabwe. On Friday, March 6 th , Susan, the wife of Zimbab ...

From Lazy Pluralism to Active Solidarity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I guess that people are on a journey when it comes to faith. Some admit to being on a journey, while there are those who state they have arrived. I guess that people are on a jour ...

Zimbabwe's Bi-Polarity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

The power struggle continues in Zimbabwean politics between progressive forces and the 'old guard.' The progressive forces want to get on with rebuilding the entire infrastructure of the country, e ...

Let's Talk About Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Most of my life I have been thinking about race and religion -- as a child when my family left my native Costa Rica to move to inner-city New Jersey, as a teenager struggling to develop my faith an ...

Guarded Optimism in Zimbabwe and South Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

It's been just over two weeks into the new transitional government in Zimbabwe. There is guarded optimism and most people have adopted a 'wait and see' approach. It ...

Poem: Freedom's Lament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Freedom is on my mind. In the case of South Africa, political freedom was achieved almost 15 years ago. It was a freedom from the heresy of Apartheid. Freedom is on my mind. In th ...

What Change Can Tsvangirai Bring to Zimbabwe?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Feb. 11, 1990, marked the wondrous day that Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was released from prison. Feb. 11, 1990, marked the wondrous day that Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was released ...

The Leap from Paper to Reality in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

A brief recap on some of the latest developments in Zimbabwe. A brief recap on some of the latest developments in Zimbabwe. The opposition agreed to be part of a transitional unit ...

Zimbabwe: Talks Drag on While Humanitarian Crisis Deepens
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

On Monday, January 26th, regional leaders met once again to discuss a way forward for Zimbabwe. The outcome of the meeting held no surprises. On Monday, January 26th, regional lea ...

Obama: 'Talk is Cheap'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

For millions in the U.S.A. For millions in the U.S.A. and hundreds of millions throughout the world, the much anticipated inauguration of the 44th President of the United States o ...

Torture and the Currency of Human Rights
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>In this land that has inherited through our forebears the noblest understandings of the rule of law, our government has deliberately chosen the way of barbarism ...</p> ...

Inauguration Journal: Scattered Thoughts Over Four Days of History
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It's a better country than I thought it was. I honestly wouldn't have thought this possible. I guess I would have agreed with the older generation of African Americans in my neighborhood: Th ...

20th January, 2009
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

On 20<sup>th</sup> January, 2009, I turned on my radio to listen to the news and heard these words from the leader of the main opposition party in Zimbabwe: "Today is probably one of the dark ...

Inaugural Week Meditation: So Happy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I'm 52, and I've had a great first half-century of life (and am looking forward to the next). But this inaugural week I feel an extraordinary happiness. Younger people can understand it to a ...

My Four Weeks in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Blessings of shalom for 2009! I have just come back from a four week visit to Zimbabwe. Blessings of shalom for 2009! I have just come back from a four week visit to Zimbabwe. As ...

Being Mindful of Our Blessings
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

During this time of Advent, a season of cheer and joy, there are people who do not have much in economic standings or bank balances to be cheerful or grateful for. During this tim ...

'Elders' Refused Entry to Zimbabwe as Cholera Claims Lives
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>"Either they don't know or they don't care."</p> <p>-Gracia Machel, referring to the government attitude on the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Z ...

Deadly Delays as Zimbabwe's Talks Drag On
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

As the power sharing talks between political parties drag on and off, the delays have turned deadly -- literally. As the power sharing talks between political parties drag on and ...

A South African Role Model of Reconciliation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Since the historic election of Nov. 4, I have been part of discussions with college students and faith-based institutions that have experienced racial tension and intolerance on their campuses. ...

Back to Square One in Zimbabwe and the 'Obama Effect' in South Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Sunday, Nov. Sunday, Nov. 9, regional leaders (SADC) held an emergency meeting aimed at resolving the political crisis in Zimbabwe 'once and for all.' The meeting could ...

Obama and Mandela
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

It has been reported that President-elect Barack Obama's coming into leading the U.S. is in many ways similar -- and equal in magnitude -- to Nelson Mandela becoming president of South Africa. ...

May Obama Be Protected on All Sides
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

From a wonderfully cool and clouded Wednesday in our sunny South Africa, I greet all my friends in the U.S.A. -- and those elsewhere who may be interested. You have a new President-elect!</p> ...

Why I Believe Christians Should Vote
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Hey Shane, thanks for weighing in. I appreciate it. Hey Shane, thanks for weighing in. I appreciate it. I am so thankful for you and everybody who is asking the question of how to ...

You Touch a Woman, You Touch a Rock
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

<blockquote style="margin-right: 0px;" dir="ltr"><p align="left"><strong>"Wathinta abafazi, wathinta imbhokodo." (You touch a woman, you touch a rock.) ...

Tutu on the Election's Dangerous Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>A few hours before the bodies of Jennifer Hudson's murdered mother and brother were discovered on Chicago's South Side last Friday, across town one of the world's greatest peacemakers b ...

Listening to Those Who Sacrificed for the Right to Vote
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

I read with interest <a title="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=3130" href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=3130">Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's post</a> on v ...

Mugabe's Unilateralism Obstructs Power-Sharing in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Last week, Robert Mugabe unilaterally appointed his own ministers to all key positions. Last week, Robert Mugabe unilaterally appointed his own ministers to all key positions. In ...

Power Struggles Continue in Zimbabwe and South Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

"When two elephants fight it is the grass that suffers." - African proverb</p> "When two elephants fight it is the grass that suffers." - African proverb ...

A Historic Week for South Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

The political events in South Africa over the last week have been historical The political events in South Africa over the last week have been historical Thank you so much ...

Seeking a More Just Economy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>I have had the opportunity to consider and write about the economic disparities and realities in ...

Power-Sharing in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

It is Tuesday, August 12, and the leaders of the political parties are still locked in talks of power sharing -- it was expected that a deal would be struck on Sunday, but to no avail, so the talks ...

Prophetic Lament and Glimmers of Hope for Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

How long, O Lord, must I call for help?<br /> But you do not listen!<br /> "Violence is everywhere!" I cry,<br /> but you do not come to save.<br /> Must I forever see these e ...

Danger and Opportunity in Zimbabwe and South Africa
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

I have heard that the Chinese symbol for crisis means both&#160;danger and opportunity. I have heard that the Chinese symbol for crisis means both danger and opportunity. The ...

Thabo Mbeki Must Intervene in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

In the back and forth concerning the role South Africa must play in the crisis of human rights abuses under the reign of Robert Mugabe and his cronies, it is my belief that we must see some form of ...

Things Fall Apart: Prayer Requests for South Africa and Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<blockquote dir="ltr"><p><em>Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;<br /> Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,<br /> The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywher ...

A Call for African Solidarity Against Xenophobic Violence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As a South African, it is a downright shame that brothers and sisters from other countries in Africa <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/05/zimbabweans-face-new-violence.html& ...

Zimbabweans Face New Violence - in South Africa
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

This week has been marred by xenophobic violence in <st1:placename>Alexandra</st1:placename> <st1:placename>Township</st1:placename>, Johannesburg, South <st1:place>Africa</st1 ...

Echoes of Apartheid
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=The%20Cost%20of%20War&amp;blog_id=37"></a></p> I was conscr ...

'They Are All Our Children'
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 3:36pm | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh One of the opening scenes in Angels in the Dust shows waking children, some two to a bed, others with cats curled up beside th ...

Integral Faith
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 3:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Robert Roth Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary for October. A ship’s hull that holds together when t ...

Prophetic Politics in the New South Africa
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 3:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Adam Taylor Ten years after the formal dismantling of apartheid, economic injustice, HIV/AIDS, and poverty stand in the way of real reconc ...

A Lion Lays Down
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 6:29am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Mark Betz Beyers Naude So ...

Ten Years of Freedom
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 6:29am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Brian Bolton South African voters elected a new national parliament and nine provincial governm ...

Singing Down the Walls
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 9:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Robin Fillmore The film opens with a faint sound, a vibration that says something's coming, and so you listen very closely. ...

On Both Sides of Forgiveness
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 9:28pm | Type: Magazine Article

Edie Bird Sorting out justice in South Africa. In a country where Jesus’ words "the truth will set you fr ...

Public Truth-Telling
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 9:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh Moyers on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Questions of justice, oppression, evil, and forg ...

Hearts of Stone
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 9:43pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joyce Hollyday room of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission burst open. The parents of Amy Biehl walk in, surrounded by reporters, micr ...