In the Churches Blog

There may be need for a deeper investigation of the charity sector in Zimbabwe

June 24, 2013 by Giovanni del Autore
When you think of foreign charities you will ususally picture smiling faces of American or European adults passing on boxes of donations to Zimbabwean kids, even wider smiles on the faces of the latter. But it’s not that rosy if you read a recent CNN report “Above the law: America’s ...

Welcoming the stranger and challenging others, even leaders in my faith community, to do the same

June 18, 2013 by Giovanni del Autore
updated on June 23, 2013 “A core value of my faith is to welcome the stranger, the refugee, the internally displaced, the other. ..I will challenge others, even leaders in my faith community, to do the same,” begins joint declaration “Welcoming the Stranger: Affirmations for Faith Leaders”  that the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and ...

In 2013, educate an indigenous church member!

December 26, 2012 by Giovanni del Autore
As this year draws to an end, politics is no doubt going to leverage influence on believers in Zimbabwe. We are told to think that the next elections will take place in 2013. With this in mind, I would like to look at what appears to be two most prominent dynamics ...

Salvation Army avoids outside independent audit, turns back on long-time friend photographer

November 28, 2012 by Giovanni del Autore
Today I was denied permission to photograph at the Howard Hospital. They were skeptical of me. Despite the fact I photographed there in 2001, 2006, 2008 and 2010; despite the facts my photos raised thousands of dollars and inspired many doctors to volunteer; despite the fact the Salvation Army has published ...

What future for the elated Anglicans in Zimbabwe

November 26, 2012 by Giovanni del Autore
As Bishop Chad Gandiya celebrates victory over the Kunonga faction, it feels like the winds of change are caressing the Anglicans not only in Zimbabwe. Earlier this month, the Anglican Church of Southern Africa consecrated  its first woman bishop in Africa. At the same time, the consecration of Swaziland’s Ellinah Wamukoya comes as ...

Discussing Zimbabweans who take gospel (of prosperity) to other peoples

November 12, 2012 by Giovanni del Autore
The Gospel of Prosperity debate is alive and kicking in Zimbabwe. Moreover, it was taken to the foreign lands. Some observers like New Zimbabwe‘s Adventist Lot Masiane suggest that Christians need to uphold the standards in their faithful lives. While other Christians have no problem with agitating the poor from their flashy ...

The perfect storm: media and church

October 29, 2012 by Giovanni del Autore
“Are Zimbabwean journalists looking for sensationalism only when they cover activities of religious newsmakers?” I asked myself this question once again during a religious jourmalism conference at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv that I recently attended.  A special guest of the event was CNN’s senior Vatican analyst and the senior correspondent ...

Young, single Christians face temptations that their counterparts in the biblical age didn’t face

October 11, 2012 by Giovanni del Autore
Browsing the net for inspiration, I came across an article by John Blake on the CNN blog with a straight-forward title ‘Why young Christians aren’t waiting anymore.’ The post cites an evangelical publication that claims that young, unmarried Christians are having premarital sex almost as much as their non-Christian peers in the ...

What the satanist refugees story teaches us

September 13, 2012 by Giovanni del Autore
Earlier this week, RelZim posted two stories that I can’t ignore discussing in public. “Police prepare to deport three satanists” and “Kambuzuma’s “Mother Theresa” invites you to look after children” appeared on our front page on the same day. But they seem to be worlds apart. The former is an account of ...

Mugabe rumours and Nehanda Radio accusations of Jesuits

June 22, 2012 by Giovanni del Autore
Okay. This article that surfaced on Nehanda Radio last week (and of course has no name attached to it) is too overstreched to say the least. Just read the following: It is generally rumored among Zimbabweans that, Comrade President was sexually molested by one of his Jesuit mentors. Which seems consistent ...
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