There is a fight going on in Nigeria that the mainstream media is underreporting. The conflict is a fight for the country’s control between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram. Boko Haram is trying to convince citizens that their extremist religious ideology represents Islam. Despite the efforts of many citizens and the Nigerian government, Boko Haram remains a major threat, intent on instituting an Islamic caliphate in Nigeria.Read More
For the first time I was in our nation’s capital on the Fourth of July, where the choir directed by my wife Dhilanthi performed at the John F. Kennedy Center.
Later we visited the recently-opened Museum of African American History and Culture. The experience was at once inspiring and troubling. Inspiring because so much of the distinctive texture of American life can be traced directly to its rich African American contributions. Troubling because our nation’s shameful embrace of racism is not just a stain on our nation’s past, but a plague that threatens us still.
The Rev. Abare Kallah, OMNIA's Nigeria Team Leader, is featured in the July 2017 issue of The Christian Century, in which he talks about OMNIA's role in bringing a way forward for Christian and Muslim Clergy seeking to end the influence of the terrorist group, "Boko Haram." Also featured was Soraya Deen, founder of the Muslim Women Speakers Movement, who served also as a key team leader in Nigeria.Read More
At Berlin's historic Brandenburg Gate, Chancellor Angela Merkel took the stage with former President Barack Obama at Kirchentag, a gathering of some 140,000 celebrating the 500th anniversary of Luther's protestant reformation. Meanwhile, on the other side of town, something of a second reformation was quietly taking place. Three progressive theologians were, figuratively speaking, tacking a thesis to the door of the church of the establishment - one that might change the world, if we could embrace it.Read More