We learn who we are as we walk together in the way of Jesus. So I want to invite you on a pilgrimage. Rwanda is often held up as a model of evangelization in Africa. Yet in 1994, beginning on the Thursday of Easter week, Christians killed other Christians, often in the same churches where they had worshiped together. The most Christianized country in Africa became the site of its worst genocide. With a mother who was a Hutu and a father who was a Tutsi, author Emmanuel Katongole is uniquely qualified to point out that the tragedy in Rwanda is also a mirror reflecting the deep brokenness of the church in the West. Rwanda brings us to a cry of lament on our knees where together we learn that we must interrupt these patterns of brokenness But Rwanda also brings us to a place of hope. Indeed, the only hope for our world after Rwanda’s genocide is a new kind of Christian identity for the global body of Christ—a people on pilgrimage together, a mixed group, bearing witness to a new identity made possible by the Gospel.
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About the Author
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is an associate minister at St. Johns Baptist Church. A graduate of Duke Divinity School, Jonathan is engaged in reconciliation efforts in Durham, North Carolina, directs the School for Conversion (newmonasticism.org), and is a sought-after speaker and author of several books. The Rutba House, where Jonathan lives with his wife, Leah, their son, JaiMichael, daughter, Nora Ann, and other friends, is a new monastic community that prays, eats, and lives together, welcoming neighbors and homeless. Find out more at jonathanwilsonhartgrove.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The author, a Rwandan Catholic priest and theologian teaching in the USA blames the historical and contemporary western church for the Rwandan genocide. While the author is, from an intellectual perspective, credible, from a moral perspective, I am tired of Africans not taking responsibility for Africa. He makes it sound like Africans are ethnically, and therefore genetically, inferior to Caucasians. While I do my best to not be a bigot, his writing is so lopsided that I can't stand reading it because he makes it sound like it is the white man's fault for ingraining false intellectual concepts into Rwandans. This, he essentially claims, drove Rwandans to genocide. For someone so intelligent, that is stupid!
Lest we think that the genocide in Burundi and Rwanda was "over there", we need to examine our own Christian church and discern how tribalism and politics invades our pews. Duke University Theologian Emmanual Katongole urges readers to enter into a Christ-like reconsideration of the devisiveness in our own communities and to make peace creatively with compassion.