Stumbling Toward Enlightenment

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28/11/2020
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Remember the Ladies: Dona Beatriz

She claimed she had had a vision of St. Anthony, but he had appeared to her as a black man, not a white one. She said he had told her to resurrect the Congo through a new doctrine, and she began spreading that doctrine with great vigor. It was a synthesis of European and African culture, a nationalistic religion that claimed Christ had been born black in the Congo and that celebrated black culture and permitted polygamy. Her followers abandoned European clothing and adopted a Christian symbolism that owed much to African influences. Continue reading

27/05/2010
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City of Joy

Construction work on the City of Joy continues in Bukavu, with each day bringing progress. Almost all of the ten houses, the administration building, dining room, and class rooms now have a roof and the construction crew have begun laying the floors, putting in the ceilings, as well as the installation for electricity and water. The security wall around City of Joy is almost finished. V-Day’s Congo Director/Director of City of Joy Christine Schuler Deschryver has begun working with local carpenters to start the building of furniture – all of the beds, chairs, etc. will be made by local craftsmen. All of this has taken place amidst an incredibly heavy rainy season and a series of delays with the construction crew and material shortages due to the regional conflict taking place in Eastern Congo. Our Congo team has been ‘moving mountains’ each and every day to actualize our dream, and the City of Joy will soon be a reality! Continue reading

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