Born from Lament

The Theology and Politics of Hope in Africa



Profound reflection on lament and hope arising out of Africa's immense suffering

There is no more urgent theological task than to provide an account of hope in Africa, given its endless cycles of violence, war, poverty, and displacement. So claims Emmanuel Katongole, a recognized, innovative theological voice from Africa.

In the midst of suffering, Katongole says, hope takes the form of "arguing" and "wrestling" with God. Suchlamentis not merely a cry of pain it is a way of mourning, protesting, and appealing to God. As he unpacks the rich theological and social dimensions of the practice of lament in Africa, Katongole tells the stories of courageous Christian activists working for change in East Africa and invites readers to enter into lament along with them."


Emmanuel Katongole, Author

Katongole, Emmanuel: - Emmanuel Katongole is associate professor of theology andpeace studies at the University of Notre Dame, with a jointappointment in the Theology Department and the KrocInstitute for International Peace Studies. A Catholic priest ofthe Kampala Archdiocese in Uganda, he formerly taught atDuke Divinity School, where he was also foundingcodirector of the Duke Center for Reconciliation. His otherbooks include Mirror to the Church: Resurrecting Faithafter Genocide in Rwanda and Reconciling AllThings: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace, andHealing.

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