Watoto, which means “the children” in Swahili, is a holistic care program that was initiated in Uganda in 1994 as a response to the overwhelming number of orphaned and vulnerable children and women in Africa as a result of HIV/AIDS and war.
The great predicament of Israel and the Middle East is so deeply rooted in the historical problems. When the Ottoman Empire collapsed, there was no cohesion about how these groups would relate to one another. The UN’s approval of the state of Israel created the potential for nationalism among the Palestinians, but the Arab States never agreed how to support a place called Palestine.
Where at first there was unbelief and bewilderment, anger and a demand for justice has taken its place.
I’m reminded of the passage in Matthew 25 about the sheep and the goats. What should our response be to the health care needs of refugees in our country?
Even now, 29 years after my first visit to the island, many people shake their heads in disbelief and say, “I didn’t know churches existed in Cuba. Weren’t they were stamped out after Fidel Castro’s revolution?”
For nearly a month, from the middle of June to mid-July, most of the world took time off from life’s usual challenges and enjoyed the best of the “beautiful game” as the World Cup unfolded in Brazil.
New flood statistics recently provided by the Alberta government make it clear how much hard work has gone into rebuilding and recovery over the past year, but also how much work remains — particularly in flood prevention and planned flood mitigation projects.
Desmond Tutu is certainly no stranger to the pursuit of justice. Best known for his part in the anti-apartheid struggle in his native South Africa, Tutu referred to climate change as “the moral struggle that will define this time.”
Events commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Ouistreham, France in early June had one unwelcome guest: distrust.
In celebrated Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz’s The Journey of Ibn Fattouma, we meet the traveller for whom the book is named, a man from a troubled land who embarks on a quest for answers. Following his teacher’s advice, Ibn Fattouma sets out on pilgrimage to the unknown “land of perfection” with the hope of returning “to [his] ailing homeland with a remedy to heal her.”
With a federal cabinet decision on the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline due by June 19, and a decision by President Obama on Keystone XL still hanging in the balance, pipeline issues loom large on the horizon. . . . Pipelines are no longer just pipelines. They are the focal point for a key challenge facing humanity:
Not only Cuban and North American churches need mutual international and national cooperation to live and witness to Christ; so do pastors and families in that island nation connected by decades of bonds across seas and national barriers. Such is just some of the power of the Gospel.