Africa and the emerging church leaders…

The other day I was listening to some news about Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill. It aims to criminalize the “promotion” of homosexuality, compels HIV testing in some circumstances, and imposes life sentences for entering into a same-sex marriage. It would also be an offence for a person who is aware of any violations of the bill’s wide-ranging provisions not to report them to the authorities within 24 hours.

Does anyone remember those ‘Transformations’ films? They described huge revivals sweeping through cities across the world, transforming whole communities. One of them described the revival taking place in Uganda;

How does a country undergoing such a process of freedom from oppression start to impose oppression on people as a result of their sexuality? Is this really the logical progression of revival- puritanical oppression of minorities?It should not surprise us I suppose – the lurch to the religious right is unfortunately a common phenomenon in Africa and elsewhere. It is all so depressing.

However, today I read on Brian McLaren’s blog something about a whole different movement – Amahoro Africa. It did something good to the heart to hear stories of how Christians are seeking a different kind of transformation.

I would love to go to this, but am not sure I would be much use…


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