Includes bibliographical references and bibliography: p. 214-218.
The author, a Methodist minister from Kenya, was elected as the sixth general secretary of the World Council of Churches in August 2003. In this book he "examines the reality and potential of contemporary Africa. He raises the existential surveys the legacy of Africa, `the primordial home of all humanity' in which was woven the fabric from which human culture has been fashioned. He describes the African moral universe predicated on a relational web connecting all creation. He affirms that the African sense of identity growing from ancient traditions provides a rich spiritual resource for shaping a new Africa. Addressing threats to the future of Africa -- among them racism, neo-colonialism, poverty, corruption in government and HIV/AIDS -- the author advocates for a transformation of consciousness based in the reaffirmation of human dignity. And as an expression of `the courage to hope', concludes Kobia, the world's churches are being called to become sanctuaries of life in the face of death". -- back cover.
Contents: Foreword dated July 2003 / Konrad Raiser, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches -- Preface -- Introduction -- The Home of Humanity -- The Dilemma and Dreams of Pan-Africanism -- Migration of the European Nation-State in Africa --The Crisis of Conscience -- Human Dignity and Modernity in Africa -- Reconstruction and Renaissance -- Ecumenical and Ethical Imperatives -- Torments of Death and Rebirth of the Spirit -- Ecu-Space and the Sanctuary of Life -- Fighting Poverty -- Bibliography.
Originally published in German as: AIDS : Eine Krankheit verander die Welt : Daten, Fakten, Hintergrunde. Frankfurt: Verlag Otto Lembeck, 2003.
Includes bibliography: p. 110-118.
This book "is an offering to churches and the world -- a significant and vital addition to the continuum of knowledge -- that will greatly assist churches to be effective and efficient in the struggle to overcome HIV/AIDS. It is a compilation of historical, scientific and statistical material aimed at providing churches and their partners with a better understanding of the dynamics of HIV/AIDS as well as current information to aid in collaborative efforts at answering the challenge of the disease. .... On a practical level this response is deliberately multi-faceted and interactive, encouraging churches and Christian service organizations to build and support coalitions dedicated to overcoming this epidemic". -- Preface.
Contents: Preface / Samuel Kobia, General Secretary, World Council of Churches -- Introduction / Sonja Weinreich and Christoph Benn --.Natural history and HIV transmission -- Global, regional and country-specific spread of HIV/AIDS -- Vulnerable population groups -- Gender equity -- Children -- Young people -- Socio-economic context -- Stigma and discrimination --Human rights -- People living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) -- Prevention -- Mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) -- Care -- Antiretroviral therapy -- HIV/AIDS on the international agenda -- Advocacy and lobbying -- Culture and tradition -- Churches, theology and HIV/AIDS -- Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS -- Literature.
"Nicholas Otieno ... worked on the documentation and text for this publication". -- verso of t.-p.
"In 1998, the eighth assembly of the World Council of Churches made a special pledge to accompany Africa on a `Journey of Hope'. The overall aim of the ecumenical focus on Africa is to provide a space in which the churches, together with the national councils of churches, sub-regional fellowships and the All Africa Conference of Churches may become fully involved in Africa's re-awakening. This book records the visit of the general secretary and WCC officers to Kenya and Rwanda in April 2004. It is intended to provide institutional memory of the messages of hope delivered at various venues in both countries, a witness that reached its climax at the national stadium in Kigali on 18 April 2004". -- back cover.
Contents: Preface / [Andre Karamaga] -- A Testimony from the Heart / Aram I -- A New Dawn for Africa / Nyansako Ni-Nku -- To God Be the Glory / Samuel Kobia -- Message to the Head of State / Samuel Kobia -- Africa and the Ecumenical Movement / Agnes Abuom -- Behold ! I Create a New Africa / Samuel Kobia -- Do Not be Afraid, People of Rwanda / Samuel Kobia -- Genocides in the 20th Century / Aram I -- Lessons from the Genocide / Antoine Rutayisire -- Reclaiming Our Dignity / Edda Mukabagwiza -- Religion and Ethnicity / Peter Weiderud -- There is Hope for Africa / Samuel Kobia -- The Church and Unity in Africa / H. Mvume Dandala -- Towards Justice and Non-Violence / Aram I -- The Kigali Covenant -- Vote of Thanks / Charles Murigande -- Dedication.