As I write this, central Madagascar is being devastated yet again, this time by Cyclone Batsirai with winds of up to 120mph and rainfall of 8"-16". It was just two weeks ago that Storm Ana killed 48 people and left 71,000 people homeless in Madagascar. My friend, Patrick Andrianantenaina, lives with his family in Antsirabe … Continue reading SOS MADAGASCAR
I guess most people who read this will be preparing to CELEBRATE Christmas – yet again; and we have received cards and messages which talk about the HOPE and PEACE of Christmas. This has led us to think more deeply about why we celebrate it and what, if anything, there really is to celebrate, more … Continue reading CHRISTMAS REFLECTIONS 2021
I'm poking my head above the parapet, although not yet emerging fully, after hiding in an internet-free (and social media-free) zone for the past four months for health reasons. Perhaps I should have cut myself off from all news as well . . . . . I need to express the despair and utter hopelessness … Continue reading WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE, AFTER COP26?
It's not been an easy year for me and it feels like I have gone over the edge. But that's not unique - it's been tough for everyone around the world, hasn't it? In fact, that's a large part of the problem - there is just too much suffering as well as enormous global problems … Continue reading OVER THE EDGE
"What's on your mind?" That's what Facebook asked me in the "Create Post" space! So what was on my mind when I wrote on Facebook this morning? Those of you who follow me on Facebook, where I and others have been posting several updates each day, will know that the answer is, sadly, UGANDA yet … Continue reading CRISIS IN UGANDA
In his Christmas message to the people of Uganda on 22nd December 2020, Anglican Archbishop Stephen Kaziimba said (amongst other things), "I want to talk about campaigns and elections. Elected leaders are important in any country’s governance, and Christians are called to exercise their electoral responsibilities of voting and making their voices heard in the … Continue reading IS ANYTHING WORTH DYING FOR IN UGANDA TODAY?
In the midst of so much poverty and suffering, corruption and violence in Uganda, there is also so much goodness, which gives hope and inspiration. Let me tell you about some of these "little, insignificant, ordinary" people from Teso (in north eastern Uganda) who are making a difference in their own families and communities on … Continue reading HOPE AND INSPIRATION IN UGANDA
With only ten days left before Uganda's Presidential and Parliamentary Elections on 14th January, Catholic Archbishop Lwanga has called all Ugandans to three days of prayer and fasting starting tomorrow (Monday, January 4th). Elections are held every five years. President Museveni (aged 76) has now been in power for nearly 35 years having changed the … Continue reading PRAYER AND FASTING IN UGANDA
It's Christmas Day tomorrow! In many Western countries at least, it will be very different from any other Christmas in our memories. Without all the partying and feasting, present-opening and drinking with family and friends, perhaps there is more time to reflect on "the reason for the season". What is Christmas all about? Is … Continue reading “THE REASON FOR THE SEASON”
I am writing this particularly for all those who, like me, are “white” and therefore automatically racist. Is your response to that, “But I’m not racist”? I also liked to think I wasn’t racist – and I certainly don’t want to be a racist. I am appalled by and ashamed of the consequences of racism … Continue reading “The Least Racist is Still Racist”