African university life

2018 February

Breathing clean air in a pit-latrine nation

2018-02-16T19:36:29+00:00February 3rd, 2018|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |25 Comments

It’s Saturday morning and we’re in the newsroom of The Standard, talking – well, laughing – about Donald Trump’s most recent step into a cow patty. African nations, home to more than one billion of the world’s people, are in Trump’s alleged words, “shithole countries.” The president

2016 May

Home is a place of God’s differences

2016-07-11T18:09:09+00:00May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Newspaper columns, The Standard|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

(The UCU Standard - Monday, May 23, 2016) MUKONO, UGANDA ✦ It was in Canada and we were at a campy lakeside retreat, and it was a beautiful summer day and a gaggle of children were playing outside the large window near where we ate. My daughter, that is my adopted Ugandan daughter, Hannah, looked at me with a tear rolling down her cheek. I asked her what was the matter, and, looking down in shame, she said, “I’m the only black person here.”

2015 May

Wrestling with angels

2015-08-22T13:58:15+00:00May 15th, 2015|Categories: Christian Week, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

(Christian Week - May 2015) KAMPALA, UGANDA ✦ It was an unremarkable day, birds and the African sunshine, the sound of a distant lawnmower, the dog laying quiet in back, shoes nearby, tea, a half-eaten yogurt, when fear washed over me like a river. Nightmares, yes, can come anytime.

2015 February

The Nature of Peace – Complete address

2015-03-26T13:52:03+00:00February 17th, 2015|Categories: Other|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

  In November 2014 I returned from my African home to speak at the Hamilton Convention Centre on the theme of The Nature of Peace. This was on the invitation of the YMCA of Hamilton-Burlington-Brantford, which holds an annual Peace Medal Breakfast to honour the people of Hamilton region who work towards peace. Following is [...]

2015 February

The Nature of Peace – 5 – Lost in translation

2015-02-17T08:33:25+00:00February 4th, 2015|Categories: Other|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

This the fifth of several excerpts from an address I gave in Hamilton, Canada in November 2014. Excerpt #1 is here and #2 is here and #3 is here and #4 is here. + If nothing else, when we cross borders we’ll be misunderstood. I remember once we had some Canadian visitors in Uganda and they needed [...]

2014 October

Your life is much more than your career

2015-01-13T10:20:22+00:00October 9th, 2014|Categories: Newspaper columns, The Standard|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

(The UCU Standard - Monday, September 29, 2014) MUKONO, UGANDA ✦ The problem with university life is that it can bypass your heart and feed your mind directly with foolish notions about the work world, namely that some grand career will make you a personally large being. “Hey, look at me! I have this job now. It’s who I am!” And maybe you’ll win much of that war that’s so well-known around the world, that is the war to get ahead.

2014 August

Universities should help pregnant students

2015-01-13T10:32:22+00:00August 16th, 2014|Categories: New Vision, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

KAMPALA, UGANDA ✦ You’ve worked hard for this your whole life, this, your university career, your education and future, your dreams of a better life. Then it happened. You made a mistake. Now you’re pregnant. You’re pregnant while at a religious university. You know what happens next. You get thrown out. Everything will be gone. Your hard-earned tuition and your honour and your hope for tomorrow too, all lost. So you got that abortion.

2014 March

Dear student who’s cheating: You’re rotting inside out

2015-01-13T10:38:19+00:00March 31st, 2014|Categories: Newspaper columns, The Standard|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

(The UCU Standard - Monday, March 31, 2014) MUKONO, UGANDA ✦ It’s a new day, a good day, a day when you’ll be tested. Yes, it’s time for another exam and you, dear UCU student, are out of bed, finished your breakfast and walking with a confident smile. This is why today is such a fine day: you know the answers, every one of them. Because you know the questions too. Nobody is suspecting that you’re a cheater because you know the game and you play it with skill