Greetings from Uganda! I hope this message finds you and your family safe and well. It has been a joyful past month.
At the beginning of the month, I finished up my semester at Notre Dame. It is always a joy to see the culmination of learning at the end of a semester. I also was featured on African Catholic Voices, a podcast that celebrates the voices of Christians from Africa and explores faith in action. On the podcast I discussed Who Are My People, my new book in which I explore my own identity as an African Christian. You can listen to the full podcast here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1861807/10561875.
I also was on the podcast We The Peace discussing East African Theology with host Josh Buck. The episode can be found on Spotify or Apple Podcast. See a sneak peak of the podcast here: https://www.youtube.com/shorts/mqFyHOWdv8U
I then left South Bend and traveled to Oxford, England. There, I was honored to give the keynote address at the Contestations in Land & Agriculture conference. Hosted by the Laudato Si’ Research Institute and McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics and Public Life, the conference aimed to offer new perspectives from theology, ethics, and philosophy on questions of agriculture and land use. Here I used Bethany Land Institute as a case study to dig into land disputes in Uganda and the overall crisis of belonging occurring on the African continent today. I was excited and honored to be surrounded by so many innovative, knowledgeable speakers excited to find new ways of interacting with our common home. It was a great few days of discussion! (See photos below.)
Now I am in Uganda, where I will be spending the summer months. I plan to spend time on the ground at Bethany Land Institute, witnessing the great work of our staff and Caretakers. I also look forward to spending time at Bethany House in Entebbe.
I wish you all peace and joy in these summer months!