Ep80. A conversation with Emmanuel Katongole on a political theology for Africa

This week’s episode begins with congratulations to co-host Rachel Beatty Riedl and her co-author Gwyneth McClendon on the publication of their book, From Pews to Politics: Religious Sermons and Political Participation in Africa. What perfect timing, given this week’s episode features a conversation with Father Emmanuel Katongole, Professor of Theology and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. The news wrap also covers events in Burkina Faso and Gambia, Ugandan opposition parliamentarian Bobi Wine’s visit to the US, and a shoutout to TJ Tallie for his book being published this week, too!

This week’s episode includes the first interview by Ufahamu Africa’s research and production fellow, Zamone Perez, an undergraduate student majoring in Political Science and Journalism at Northwestern University. Zamone talks with Professor KatongoleĀ about his book, The Sacrifice of Africa: A Political Theology for Africa. The conversation covers broad territory on religion as offering social and political organizing principles as well as specifics, e.g., on forgiveness of the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army Joseph Kony. Their conversation begins at 15:17.


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