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.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -187).
"On the afternoon of a hot southern African summer day in the capital city of Zimbabwe, some 1000 participants at the eighth assembly of the World Council of Churches engaged in a deliberative session on `Ubuntu and the African kairos'. It was 8 December 1998, the 50th anniversary of the founding of the WCC. A local Zimbabwean theatre group enacted a powerful political drama entitled `A Journey of Hope'. This was the beginning -- or launch -- of a pilgrimage of conversion, commitment, and above all accompaniment. It was agreed that the focus on Africa would be one of wholehearted support for the churches and peoples of the continent. There would be an emphasis on transformation of Africa's social, political and economic systems in order to create a just society in which women and young people, too, would participate fully. Peace and reconciliation would be sought between people and communities. Everything within the church's power would be devoted to help contain and overcome the scourge of HIV and AIDS. Good governance, ethical values and stewardship would be emphasized. And the churches affirmed the rights of African children to hope for a bright future which, with all their strength and ability, they would help to create". -- back cover.
Contents: Dedication [to Dr. Aaron Tolen] -- Preface / Samuel Kobia -- A Letter to My Ancestors / Mercy Amba Oduyoye -- Journey of Hope to a New Africa -- The Origins of Pan-African Ecumenism -- Forgiveness and Healing of Memories -- Reconstruction of Africa -- Health and Spirituality of Africa -- The Quest for Justice and Human Dignity -- Renewing African Ecumenism -- New Ecumenical Thresholds -- The Gift of African Women -- Appendix One: African Ecumenical Covenants -- Appendix Two: Statements on Africa from WCC Central and Executive Committees -- Acknowledgements -- Abbreviations and acronyms -- Bibliography.