Religion & Society Blog

Married man’s meal. Muti included

August 14, 2012
Now almost half-naked owing to persistent assaults, the young lass tried to resist, but was dragged forward by the jeering crowd like a goat being led to slaughter.“Husband snatcher,” “Prostitute,” “Killer,” “Kamuroyi,” part of the crowd shouted as others lunged into her with half-round chicken kicks. Others struck the girl ...

Do we in the church just remain silent? Do we have a plan to do anything at all?

July 29, 2012
Benjamin Freeth is a Zimbabwean farmer and human rights activist from the district of Chegutu (ca 120 km southwest of Harare). Together with his father-in-law, Mike Campbell, he rose to international prominence after 2008 for suing the government for violating rule of law and human rights in Zimbabwe. This process was documented in the 2009 film Mugabe and the ...

Mbare Report No. 111 “AIDS orphans” is a discriminatory term. Though it describes the conditions of children who have lost their parents due to AIDS quite accurately

July 15, 2012 by Oskar Wermter SJ
Even in Mbare you need to use “politically correct language.” I have learnt that handicapped people want to be called “differently abled”. At least those fluent in English – the Shona speakers don’t know what the fuss is all about. “AIDS orphans,” I am told, is discriminatory, even though it describes ...

The constraints of poverty may not disappear overnight. But now these children can dare to dream.

July 14, 2012
By Joe Arimoso SJ   Football again! Yes, football, the madness that has dogged me from the time I was at Makumbi mission in 2003. With the help of KitAid (a charity organisation in the UK) I now run three registered soccer academies in Norton, Kuwadzana and Mbare. Involving about 300 ...

Don’t cheat yourselves by pretending that your negligence is just

July 13, 2012 by Giovanni del Autore
We recently wrote about some traditional healers and pastors encouraging Zimbabwean families to be more attentive to their relatives’ spiritual life. This story made me think of making a personal appeal to all of my fellow Zimbabweans. Really, whether you are a Muslim or a Pentecostal Christian, traditionalist or a Rasta, ...

Chishawasha seminary’s True Humanity

June 30, 2012
The seminary to most people is a place where aspiring priests are quietly inducted into theology and scriptural studies, full stop. The Roman Catholic Chishawasha seminary is venturing into research and reflections through a journal Vera Humanitas (True Humanity) which is the first publication of such kind since the seminary was ...

Mbare Report No. 110 A Real Dilemma

June 30, 2012 by Oskar Wermter SJ
Mai Fungai has not been seen in church or at any other community function for some time. She has never been in good health, but now the mother of five grown-up daughters, all single mothers with babies, is worse. She can hardly breathe. She desperately needs to be seen by ...

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 ...

Reporting on religion in Zimbabwe. That’s if you can call this “reporting”

June 20, 2012 by Giovanni del Autore
We were about to reprint Clayton Masekesa’s juicy article “Christians during the day, hookers by night” that appeared last month in The Standard when I routinely googled one of his source’s names. The search revealed to me that a story about Mutare sex workers hit the media already in 2010. In fact, ...

Nolbert Kunonga procedes with his version of Anglicanism..or whatever it is

June 8, 2012 by Giovanni del Autore
Last month, Bishop Nolbert Kunonga of the Anglican Church of the Province of Zimbabwe criticized the Prime Minister, complained about the visit of the controversial Nigerian prophet TB Joshua and expressed his criticism about the draft of the new constitution. Is there any Good News left in this world, Nolbert? According to ...
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