The geographical region that stretches from the southern boundary of the Sahara to the Cape of Good Hope is larger than the United States, India and Western Europe combined. The regions’ one billion people live in countries that are experiencing dramatic economic growth, along with increasing life expectancy and literacy rates. They are also among the most religious people in the world.
Pentecostal, Catholic and Muslim organizations often provide essential support for healthcare and education where state institutions are weak or dysfunctional. Understanding the capacities, limitations and challenges of religious groups in Sub-Saharan Africa is thus essential to conversations about economic development, peacemaking and human rights.
- CRCC in the NewsCatholic Sisters Discuss Sustainable Development in Africa at Nairobi ConveningAlong with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and the African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC), CRCC convened leaders from the Catholic Church, NGOs, state governments and foundations for “Catholic Sisters: Champions of Sustainable …Topics: Catholics and Catholicism, Creativity and Innovation, Faith-Based Organizations, Hunger and Food Policy, Nuns and Women Religious, Sub-Saharan Africa
- CommentaryCatholic Sisters in Africa: Strong, Vital and Taking on Global ChallengesThis post was adapted from our report on the Conrad N. Hilton’s Catholic Sisters Initiative. Catholic sisters have been present in Africa since the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny landed on …Topics: Catholics and Catholicism, Christians and Christianity, Economic Inequality, Gender, Government and Religion, International Affairs and Policy, Nuns and Women Religious, Religious Leadership, Sub-Saharan Africa
- VideoEducating the Educators: Equipping Catholic Sisters to Educate in Africa
- VideoExcel for Sisters: Financial Literacy Training for African Religious Leaders
- VideoCollege-bound Sisters: Higher Education for Sisters in Africa
- VideoCatholic Sisters Lead the Way in Africa
- VideoA New Generation Becomes Civic Leaders in Africa
- CommentaryHow a Pentecostal Law Professor Has Helped Reshape Nigerian PoliticsThis post also appeared on The Washington Post Acts of Faith blog. I met Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s vice president-elect, two years ago, during the annual convening of the mammoth Holy Ghost Congress …Topics: Creativity and Innovation, Economic Inequality, Government and Religion, International Affairs and Policy, Pentecostals and Pentecostalism, Religious Extremism, Sub-Saharan Africa, Violence, Voting and Elections
- CommentaryA Pragmatist’s View of ReligionIt is reasonably easy to be an armchair critic of religion. There are ample examples of religious leaders who compromise the values of their tradition, and the fundamentalists of every religion are …Topics: Catholics and Catholicism, Economic Inequality, Healthcare, Hunger and Food Policy, Nuns and Women Religious, Social Services, Sub-Saharan Africa
- CommentaryRwanda Rising(Photo: Lorna Miller with family friends in Kigali) The slogan “Never Again” rings false to me, since a more appropriate refrain seems to be “Once Again,” especially given what happened in Darfur …Topics: Genocide, Sub-Saharan Africa
- ReportMoved by the Spirit: Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity in the Global SouthNick Street reports on new trends in Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity. The report includes information on the Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative and photographs by Nick Street and Donald Miller. Download …Topics: Asia, Latin America, Pentecostals and Pentecostalism, Population Trends, Religious Beliefs and Rituals, Southern California, Sub-Saharan Africa
- BookSpirit and Power: The Growth and Global Impact of PentecostalismSpirit and Power: The Growth and Global Impact of Pentecostalism Donald E. Miller, Kimon Sargeant, and Richard Flory, editors (Oxford University Press: 2013) From the publisher’s description: Pentecostalism is …Topics: Asia, Books, China, Latin America, Pentecostals and Pentecostalism, Religious Beliefs and Rituals, Southern California, Sub-Saharan Africa
“While the ‘beach children’ phenomenon remains a blot on Lagos’s urban landscape, churches such as the RCCG, with their message of salvation and active concern for those at society’s margins, offer a glimmer of hope.”
“‘Beach Children’ Find Salvation through Pentecostal Preachers”
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- Tarra McNallyAssistant Director of EvaluationTarra McNally is an anthropologist specializing in evaluation and global health.
- Donald E. MillerDirector of Strategic InitiativesDonald Miller focuses on global religious trends, genocides of the 20th century, and the role of religious NGOs in addressing issues of moral concern.
- Tetsunao YamamoriContributing FellowTetsunao Yamamori is a sociologist with expertise in global Pentecostalism.