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Jay Carney: The Politics and Praxis of Mercy

Ambassadors of Reconciliation in Post-Genocide Rwanda

Date of Lecture: April 14, 2016

Jay CarneyAbout the Speaker: Jay Carney is assistant professor of theology and director of the African Studies Program at Creighton University. His research focuses on modern Catholic history and theology in Africa, particularly the Great Lakes region (e.g., Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo). He is also interested in the theology and history of Christian social reconciliation, political theology, and the history of Christian missions. He is the author of "Rwanda Before the Genocide: Catholic Politics and Ethnic Discourse in the Late Colonial Era" (Oxford University Press, 2014).

About the Talk: Carney considers Pope Francis' call for a "Year of Mercy," provides examples of how lay Catholic ministries are practicing mercy in Rwanda after the genocide, but acknowledges the difficulty of adopting a politics of mercy at the church or state level.

His talk is part of the McFarland Center's initiative on Catholics & Cultures.

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