August 1, 2008

Weekly Round-Up: Healers, Seventh-day Adventists, and Religious Competition

Here's this week's round-up:

1) Frank Mugabi and Richard Adrama, "Bishop warns on healers" in New Vision newspaper (Uganda). This article shows the problem of African Christians continuing to use traditional healers, with an Anglican bishop suggesting that they go to doctors for medical help.

2) Jack Nduri, "Seventh Day Adventist now braves evangelical wave" in Eastern Standard newspaper (Kenya). The Seventh-day Adventists (SDA) in East Africa are continuing to be imaginative in their efforts to grow. The last paragraph is sobering: "Under the East Africa Union, the Seventh Day Adventist Church has a population of more than 42,422,000."

3) Harold Ayodo, "Scramble for faithful" in Eastern Standard newspaper (Kenya). Here is an interesting report from Kenya on religious competition where churches are "scrambling for souls."