Detail from the cover of the book Magema Fuze: The Making of a Kholwa Intellectual.
Magema Fuze’s book was a radical act of publishing. It contained histories of chiefdoms and kingdoms - from the Zulu to the Ngcobo.
St. Brigid of Kildare’s shrine in Faughart, County Louth, Ireland.
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The Irish government recently declared a national holiday for St. Brigid. A medieval historian explains her fascinating life and history.
Missionary Annie Lock with Enbarda (Betsy) left, and Dolly Cumming, both children from the Alice Springs area in Central Australia. Photo taken in Darwin.
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I thought I had uncovered a feminist heroine, but for all her intrepid and gutsy behaviour, Lock held intensely socially conservative views in line with her religious conviction.
Young Kikuyu women lined up outdoors at a Church of Scotland mission school in Kenya.
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As missionaries expanded into Africa, they held a special grudge against polygamy. Here’s how that affected education.
J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, has called on the denomination to focus on its theological mission.
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The SBC is meeting amid divisions, controversy and dwindling numbers. But in pushing rhetoric over its theological mission, the denomination is tapping into a history of white supremacy.
A masquerade during the celebration of an Igbo ritual.
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Over the past 15 years there’s been a revival of young people - mostly Christians - participating in traditional masquerades, despite these being branded as pagan.
An evangelical outreach in Uganda led by the prominent and wealthy pastor Robert Kayanja.
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African evangelism is born from – and often funded by – American evangelism, and with it comes a damaging cocktail of rightwing ideologies, especially during the Donald Trump years.
Counting Americans is a complicated process.
The 2020 census will now count some groups differently than it has in the past. That could make a difference in the final count – affecting which states receive funding and congressional seats.
A Zulu household, from an 1895 book called The Colony of Natal: An Official Illustrated Handbook and Railway Guide.
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A new history book shows how entanglements of race, gender, class and sexuality in South Africa flow from the moral contradictions of the settler colonial state.
Purity Malinga, the new Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa.
Bishop Purity Malinga is the first woman to be appointed Presiding Bishop in the Methodist Church of Southern African in over 200 years.
Kids in South Sudan await a daily meal from World Vision.
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Not everyone’s a fan of this fundraising approach. But it does bring the needs of children in developing communities to the attention of many Americans.
Pope Francis at the Monument Mary Queen of Peace, in Port Louis, Mauritius on Sept. 9, 2019.
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Pope Francis recently completed a tour of three African nations. His visit needs to be understood in the context of the church’s long history in Africa and its modern-day difficulties.
President Dwight Eisenhower signs the bill to make Hawaii the 50th state at the White House on March 18, 1959.
Hawaii’s fight for statehood was long and waged primarily against racist US lawmakers who feared admitting a majority Asian territory. But 60 years ago, President Eisenhower signed the statehood bill.
A still from Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ.
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When it was released 15 years ago, Mel Gibson’s ‘Passion of the Christ,’ was a box-office success. The theme of Jesus has been a successful one that many filmmakers around the globe have cashed in on.
What might have motivated the young missionary killed on a remote island in India?
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In their zeal to evangelize the world, at the end of 19th century, young families were sent overseas with little to no training in anything beyond the Bible and no promise of funding.
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We need a more nuanced approach to the world’s last isolated peoples.
Missionary media has played an important role in shaping world news.
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Evangelist Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network has launched the first Christian 24-hour TV channel. History shows that missionary media has played a key role in providing information from around the world.
Students at the American Memorial School, Tabriz, 1923.
There was a time when Iran and America were friends. Americans founded schools there, helped Iran handle financial crises and trained the country’s first generation of doctors. Could that happen again?
It’s not far-fetched to suspect that the common understanding of the idea of “mother tongues” in South Africa is coloured by outside influences.
There are many myths associated with St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. But Patrick’s own writings and early biographies reveal the person behind the legend.