Author is "the vice-president of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia. He considers himself 'part of the suffering people of Namibia and part of their aspiration for liberation'. This is what makes him an outspoken preacher and theologian. The writings included here are born out of the reality of suffering and the longing for liberation. Their background is that of apartheid and the oppressive structures based on it. Their perspective is that of biblical faith which provides both the mandate and the courage to confront the structures of oppression". -- back cover.
Contents: Introduction / Roger Kahle, Department of Communication, Lutheran World Federation -- Why, O why, Lord -- Mission theology and mission strategy in Africa -- A black theology of liberation -- Mary's song of praise: Luke 1:46-55 -- A Christmas meditation: Isaiah 9:2-6 -- Zachariah's prophecy: Luke 1:68-79 -- An Easter sermon -- Psalm 1 -- Psalm 4 -- Psalm 5 -- Psalm 6 -- Psalm 7 -- Psalm 23 -- Psalm 27 -- Psalm 33 -- Psalm 54 -- Psalm 55 -- Psalm 62 -- Psalm 68 -- Psalm 69 -- Psalm 114 -- Psalm 115 -- Psalm 121 -- Psalm 126 -- Psalm 127 -- Psalm 133 -- Psalm 137 -- Psalm 139 -- Toward a confessing church in Southern Africa.
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.
"The book is an attempt to show the extent of Western collaboration with apartheid and how this vast Western economic, military and nuclear support to the South African regime has developed into a criminal complicity with those who continue to deprive the black majority of their most fundamental human and social rights. We also try to indicate how the WCC itself, and many of its member churches and a number of ecumenical groups have responded to some of the specific policy decisions which the Council took when it moved from words to action in this sensitive area. In the final section we make a few recommendations for further reflection and action. Apartheid is universally condemned. But the facts, as we shall see in this book, speak differently". -- Intro.
Contents: Introduction -- The role of transnational corporations -- Military collaboration -- Nuclear collaboration -- War resisters in South Africa -- Political prisoners -- Foreign bank loans -- The role of the International Monetary Fund -- Gold -- Oil and Coal -- Policies and actions of the WCC -- Policies and actions by the churches -- Recommendations -- Notes -- Abbreviations -- Appendix A: Sullivan Principles -- Appendix B: EEC Code of Conduct -- Appendix C: Brief description of involvement with UBS, Dredner Bank and SBS in South Africa -- Appendix D: The position of US churches on bank loans and investment in South Africa -- Appendix F: The Special Fund to Combat Racism 1970-1980.