September 19, 2008

Weekly Round-Up: Bambi Baaba, Buddhism, Hinduism, and African Christianity

Here's this week's round-up:

1) "‘God-man’ behind Rakai city project" in the Sunday Vision newspaper (Uganda). Earlier this week, I mentioned the controversial Sserulanda Nsulo Yobulamu Spiritual Foundation led by Mugonza Bambi Baaba. This news article is a write-up of their proposed multi-million dollar Lake Victoria Free Trade Zone. According to the report, "Among the stated objectives of the Sserulanda Development Association are to 'pool material, economic, financial and human resources by the members of the company for the purpose of fostering material, financial, social and spiritual growth and development of the members and their families'."

2) Florence Baingana, "Cause, effect, and witchcraft (ddogo)" in the Sunday Monitor newspaper (Uganda). A few months ago, I pointed out an article of an Ugandan promoting Buddhism. Here's her second piece.

3) Rafsanjan Abbey Tatya, "The Ganesh festival, where devotion is celebration" in the Sunday Monitor newspaper (Uganda). Hinduism also has an established presence in Uganda. This year marks the 14th year of celebrating the Lord Ganesha, who is worshipped as the supreme god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune.

4) "Living on the Seam of History 1: African Christianity" on the Koinonia blog. Here's an announcement for an exciting new blog series: "'Living on the Seam of History' is a series of blog posts that will explore the 'dramatic shift' in Christianity that Dr. Tennent so rightly points out.... We will attempt to see and learn first from Africa, a member of the global church that is often only viewed as the mission field."

They also point to a new imprint from Zondervan devoted to our African brothers and sisters in Christ--HippoBooks. Noteworthy is one of their first books by Ghanaian scholar John Azumah, My Neighbour's Faith: Islam Explained for Christians. For those interested, you can learn more about Azumah and his work in Islamic Studies by reading an interview with him from John Stott Ministries.