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We Are The Voice of the Grass

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In the international press, East Africa is depicted as a region mired in civil war, child abduction, rebel militias, Muslim-Christian violence, and grinding poverty. Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) of northern Uganda has become a symbol for the troubles of contemporary Africa. Seen from within, however, an altogether different reality is visible-one in which local communities and their leaders work together to resolve conflict and rebuild their communities. Little known beyond northern Uganda, The Acholi Religious Leaders' Peace Initiative (ARLPI) is an inspiring example of one such community organization. The story of ARLPI, examined in this book by philosopher David Hoekema, demonstrates just how much can be accomplished by a small group of dedicated community leaders in a situation where a decade of military force and international pressure have had little discernible effect. Drawing on published sources and interviews with organization leaders and LRA survivors, Hoekema illuminates how both the depredations of the LRA and the healing work of ARLPI are rooted in modern East African history. He documents the courageous work of the Catholic, Protestant, and Muslim leaders who constitute the ARLPI to overcome centuries of mistrust and help bring an end to one of the most horrific conflicts in recent history. Their work, he argues, puts philosophical and theological ideas into practice and in so doing sheds new light on how religion relates to politics, how brutal conflicts can be resolved, and how a community can reclaim its future through locally-initiated initiatives against overwhelming obstacles.


David A. Hoekema received BA from Calvin College and the PhD in Philosophy from Princeton University. He taught at St. Olaf College and headed the American Philosophical Association at the University of Delaware before joining the faculty at Calvin College, where he taught philosophy from 1992 until 2018 and also served as Academic Dean. He has led study programs and conducted research in Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa, and most recently in Uganda.


Introduction 1. How the world sees Uganda 2. From kingdoms to protectorate to nation 3. Politicians and prophets 4. Religion and culture in Uganda 5. Conflict, displacement, and interfaith activism 6. Peace comes to Northern Uganda 7. Perpetrators and victims return home 8. Healing conflict and building community


Titel: We Are The Voice of the Grass
Untertitel: Interfaith Peace Activism in Northern Uganda
EAN: 9780190923174
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Hersteller: Oxford University Press
Genre: Religion, Theologie
Anzahl Seiten: 320
Veröffentlichung: 04.01.2019
Dateigrösse: 1.1 MB