Tag Archives: Christianity

In S. Sudan, churches struggle to keep role as trusted peacemakers

Wearing an immaculate white cassock, Catholic Bishop Paride Taban strides through the mud and tents of the Jebel displaced persons camp in South Sudan’s capital Juba on a recent Sunday.

The camp is hardly sacred ground: thousands of ethnic Nuer live here under United Nations peacekeeper protection in fear of Dinka soldiers outside. But Bishop Taban is here to conduct mass anyway.

“The church is to be with the suffering people, wherever in the world,” the 78-year-old bishop says. Read more…

Photo: Catholic Archbishop Bishop Paride Taban leads mass on November 9 in an airplane hangar at the UN’s Jebel displaced person’s camp outside Juba where thousands of ethnic Nuer have taken shelter from the war. By Jason Patinkin

Kenyan yoga boom creates jobs and breaks down barriers

Bernard Gitonga leads his students in Eastleigh during a yoga class. Photograph: Jason Patinkin for the Guardian
Bernard Gitonga leads his students in Eastleigh during a yoga class. Photograph: Jason Patinkin for the Guardian

With ambient music playing in the background, a dedicated group of yogis breathed in unison, concentrating intently on the finer details of the downward dog. Sweat dripped from their faces as the teacher guided them through a series of intricate asanas – body positions – correcting stray limbs and encouraging complete focus. But rather than a plush yoga studio with soft mats and air conditioning, the group of teenagers were working out in the concrete courtyard of a Nairobi orphanage, under the tuition of a dreadlocked instructor, Bernard Gitonga.  Read more…