Religion & Society 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 ...

When China supports Harare Mayor’s ‘Christmas Cheer Fund’

May 11, 2013 by Giovanni del Autore
US researchers have launched the largest public database of Chinese development finance in Africa, detailing almost 1,700 projects in 50 countries between 2000 and 2011. According to UK’s The Guardian, researchers at AidData, at the College of William and Mary, have spent 18 months compiling and encoding thousands of media reports to ...

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 ...

Amai Mugabe should help Zimbabwe’s anointed people of God on a friendly visit to North Korea

December 14, 2012 by Giovanni del Autore
Donating goods and food at Midlands Children’s Home recently, Zimbabwe’s First Lady Mrs Grace Mugabe has challenged Christians to translate their words into action.  Some time before, Grace Mugabe broke down into tears after Pastor David Mabvuramiti dedicated a song to her at the ZAOGA-organized women’s conference at Glamis Arena Stadium in Harare.  The choir sang, “Amai ...

I hope gospel stars use God-given talent to put food on fellow Zimbabweans’ tables

December 7, 2012 by Giovanni del Autore
This week, Religion in Zimbabwe talked a lot about various gospel music performances around the country: Kwekwe, Harare, Bulawayo. Gospel is clearly faring well. Gospel artists in Zimbabwe seem to be in the positive mood as well. Let’s talk about their responsibility before Zimbabweans in need, both spiritual and material. “Their ...

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 ...

Bulawayo water crisis and prayer

November 21, 2012 by Giovanni del Autore
Earlier this month, Mayor Thaba Moyo appealed to the churches and Bulawayo residents to pray for the rains ‘because God is the owner of the rains.’  Around that time, the Christian Alliance leader Useni Sibanda spoke about religion and politics in the following terms, “Churches have been hesitant to vote. We want to encourage everyone to ...

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 ...
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