In the Churches Blog

Rev. Tsitsi Nakoma Moyo, educated female preacher serving American Methodists and Zimbabwean prisoners

February 8, 2013
The Rev. Tsitsi Nakoma Moyo sat at a table in her office, looking down at her Dunkin’ Donuts coffee while she slid the cup between her hands. She talked about her family, her faith, feminism and sweet potatoes, but mostly about her journey to two small Maine churches in the ...

Forgiveness is key in the Anglican saga

February 1, 2013
“I appeal to you brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there ...

An open letter to Prophet Makandiwa

January 31, 2013
Dear Apostle/Prophet Makandiwa, You were recently named the most influential young person of 2012. This was high praise indeed and a testimony to the force of your expanding influence. I am a religious woman and I too have flirted with the Pentecostal persuasion. I point this out for no other ...

Sexual abuse of children is not just a Vapostori issue

January 25, 2013
The flow of urine down her legs and soiled pants have become a ‘normal’ part of life for seven-year-old Mitchell since the brutal rape last year by a 45-year old man entrusted to protect her. Mitchell is now incontinent (she has little or no voluntary control over urination or defecation) after ...

What I learn from watching Makandiwa’s DVDs

January 18, 2013
There is a widespread debate within and outside Zimbabwe about Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa‘s authenticity as a man of God. Some people believe that he is a true man of God and likewise others believe he is an opportunist fake prophet bent on swindling blind Christians of their hard-earned cash. I am ...

Zimbabwe’s Oprah: Anglican church members should unite

January 17, 2013
Television personality Rebecca Chisamba, popularly known as Mai Chisamba through her talk show, has dismissed as “malicious, wishful thinking and baseless” allegations that she was involved in an extra-marital affair with Anglican Bishop Nolbert Kunonga. “Maybe it’s a Christmas joke. I don’t actually know where this is coming from, but whichever way, ...

Pastors and HIV+ widows

January 11, 2013
There is a kind of behaviour among Christians that makes the sick — particularly those living with HIV and AIDS — feel judged, condemned, cursed, unloved, dirty and unacceptable. This kind of behaviour fuels stigmatisation and discrimination.   Such uncharitable behaviour (which assumes, for example that everyone who is HIV positive ...

Zimbabwe’s religious leaders on miracle money

January 11, 2013
In the first weeks of this year, Zimbabwe and neighboring countries like Botswana were in the midst of a strong debate over the ‘miracle money’ performance pioneered by the Pentecostal Prophet Uebert Angel. Here is an overview of what various religious leaders think about the ‘new’ claim of religion promising financial ...

Harare sociologist: home-based church is a megachurch counterculture, as well as gosprenuership product

January 9, 2013
Harare sociologist Darington Nyabiko said the existence of home churches in Zimbabwe was due to a number of reasons, one being the love of money as “gosprenuership” had proved to be a lucrative bussiness. “These are for the most part people who want to strip faith down to its bare minimum. ...

Mbare Report No. 116 Orphan evicted from the house. But nobody asked whether Kunonga or not rented the house out

December 28, 2012 by Oskar Wermter SJ
Some years ago the people living to the east of Madzima Road in Mbare were without water for many months. Every morning one could see women and big girls setting out with buckets and plastic containers to find water somewhere, e.g. with friends and relatives in remote parts of Mbare, ...
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