For God and My Country (Pre-Order: Available November 1st)

Catholic Leadership in Modern Uganda

By J. J. Carney

For God and My Country (Pre-Order: Available November 1st)

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  • ISBN: 9781532682520
  • Pages: 168
  • Publication Date: 11/1/2020
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For God and My Country (Pre-Order: Available November 1st)

Catholic Leadership in Modern Uganda

By J. J. Carney

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  • ISBN: 9781532682520
  • Pages: 168
  • Publication Date: 11/1/2020
  • Retail Price: $22.00
Web Price: $17.60
BUY FROM AMAZON.COM

About-

A devout Catholic politician assassinated by a capricious dictator. A Cardinal standing up for his people in the face of political repression. A priest leading his nation’s constitutional revision. The “Mother Teresa of Uganda” transforming the lives of thousands of abandoned children. Two missionaries who founded the best community radio station in Africa. A peace activist who has amplified the voices of grassroots women in the midst of a brutal civil war.

Such are the powerful stories in For God and My Country, a book that explores how seven inspiring leaders in Uganda’s largest religious community have shaped the social and political life of their country. Drawing on extensive oral research, J. J. Carney analyzes how personal faith, theological vision, and Catholic social teaching have propelled these leaders to embody Vatican II’s call for the Church to be a sign of communion and unity in the world. Readers will gain rich insight into Uganda’s postcolonial politics and the history of one of Africa’s most important Catholic communities. Each chapter closes with leadership lessons and reflection questions, making this an ideal text for classroom and parish adoption.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“J. J. Carney creatively weaves the prophetic biographies of contemporary Catholic women and men into the fascinating cultural and intriguing socio-political history of Uganda. The combination of depth and clarity delivers a riveting account of the influence of Catholic social teaching on leadership in the local and public life of Uganda and in the global context. For God and My Country serves up a rich fare of insights into the dynamics of contemporary public theology.”

—Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, SJ, President of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar



“A penetrating and highly informative look into the history, public theology, and socio-political influence of the Catholic Church in Uganda in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Carney’s easy and narrative style means that a broad audience of readers, both scholars and lay, in Africa and elsewhere, will find the book easily accessible and enjoyable to read.”

—Emmanuel Katongole, Professor of Theology and Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame



“The unsung Romeros and Mother Teresas of Uganda are here deservedly celebrated and brilliantly showcased. More widely, this politically astute and ecclesially challenging book shows why Catholic social tradition cannot be captured in theory, concepts, or principles. Its heart and soul are ‘performance’—in the cultures and crises that adapt it, correct it, and make it live. This work is a landmark intervention in Catholic theology and politics, both faithful and highly original.”

—Lisa Sowle Cahill, J. Donald Monan, SJ, Professor of Theology, Boston College



“Thoughtfully prepared for a university classroom, For God and My Country uses well-chosen exemplary life-stories to explore the Ugandan Catholic presence since independence. Jay Carney skillfully blends historical scholarship, theological and ethical perspectives shaped by Catholic social teaching, and compelling narratives to produce portraits of leaders whose diverse heroism creates an inspiring legacy for Uganda’s Catholic Church. The result is a unique work that brings contemporary global Catholic experience alive.”

—Paul Kollman, CSC, Associate Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame



“Analyzing socio-political history through biographical embodiment of the claim for social justice and respect for human dignity is the innovative articulation of this book. J. J. Carney demonstrates that history is human and human is history, and that social change is often realized by the sacrifice of a few heroic individuals who are willing to lay down their lives for the rest of humanity, just like Jesus did. The author thus immortalizes the lives of Benedicto K. M. Kiwanuka, Emmanuel Cardinal Nsubuga, Fr. John Mary, Sr. Rose Mystica Muyinza, Tonino Pasolini, Sherry Meyer, and Rosalba Ato Oywa. These are heroes of evangelization in Uganda and Africa and their lives carry the legacy. This book would be relevant to readers in theology, African church and history, as well as social justice and political change.”

—Elias Opongo, SJ, Director of the Centre for Research, Training, and Publications (CRTP), Hekima University College, Nairobi, Kenya



“J. J. Carney’s splendid For God and My Country tells the stories of seven Catholic leaders who embody the Church’s prophetic social mission in postcolonial Uganda. Drawing on oral histories, Carney shows how their living faith ‘fulfilled the gospel, today’ (Luke 4:21) in their courageous pursuit of justice and reconciliation. In a world riven by violence and division, the lesson of these remarkable lives is both timely and truly ‘catholic,’ or universal.”

—William O’Neill, SJ, Professor Emeritus, Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, and currently serving with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Nairobi, Kenya

Contributors-

J. J. Carney

Bio(s)-

J. J. Carney is Associate Professor of Theology at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He is the author of the award-winning Rwanda Before the Genocide: Catholic Politics and Ethnic Discourse in the Late Colonial Era and coeditor of The Surprise of Reconciliation in the Catholic Tradition. As a Fulbright scholar, Carney served as Visiting Professor at Uganda Martyrs University.

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