On October 3rd, Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute and the department of theology co-sponsored a book launch in celebration of my two most recent books Born from Lament: The Theology and Politics of Hope in Africa and The Journey of Reconciliation: Groaning for a New Creation in Africa.
The day began with a workshop on Born From Lament which I co-facilitated with William Cavanaugh from De Paul University. Seventeen graduate students attended the workshop and together we explored central themes from the book including the narrative dimension of the work, insights illuminated by lament, and the kind of action that the faith activists described in the book call us to.
In the evening we gathered for the official launch. Scott Appleby, the director of the Keough School of Global Affairs, Tim Matovina, the theology department chair, and William Cavanaugh, director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at De Paul University, each presented their personal reflections on the books. I concluded the conversation by sharing my personal journey from Malube, Uganda to my work and research at Notre Dame University.
After the launch guests were invited to stay and enjoy appetizers and conversation.