Thursday, July 04, 2013

Egypt rocks it again.

At the beginning of this year I presented a keynote paper on the new youth (social) movements, as represented by waves of new activism in North Africa and the Middle East - and how it not only challenges powerful elites, but also our way of thinking about youth ministry research, globally. For me, these are signs of hope, signs of people rising up against authoritarian regimes and this will continue. I don't think that paper went down too well. Most members of that audience perhaps felt that this kind of talk and interest are not "youth ministry" proper - most wanted to hear what we can do to get youth back into their church programs (perhaps that's a bit harsh, I concede).
Well, these restless Africans are at it again and, even-though the military in ‎#Egyptare certainly not the long-term solution to Egypt 's deeper challenges, yet the removal of Morsi, is certainly a significant sign of the times. The quest for inclusive governance and communities, justice and peace for minorities and the vulnerable (the poor, women, gays and lesbians, religious minorities, etc.) continues.

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