Religion

Are church leaders misleading their flock?

Local pastors, Apostle Paul Gitwaza of Zion Temple, and Bishop Rugagi of Redeemed Gospel Church, have this past week been trending on social media, especially on Twitter, after a video sermon in which the former told his congregation that there was no better prophet than him in the whole of Africa...

Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 12:54am

RGB warns public against false teachings

Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) has warned the public to be wary of religious leaders who fleece money from worshipers and mislead them. The warning is contained in a public notice, which was released on Tuesday in which RGB raised concerns over misleading preaching from some self-styled prophets...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 12:25am

Religious manipulation should not be tolerated

In March 2000, Ugandans woke up in shock and disbelief when 778 members of a sect led by Bishop Joseph Kibwetere were found dead in Kanungu District in Western Uganda. They were members of the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God, a breakaway sect of the Catholic Church. It...

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 10:11pm

Different religions and beliefs

Today, the world is characterised by various religions and beliefs; for example, some people believe that there is life after death and others do not. Some people believe in God, the Creator of heaven and earth, they are Christians with religious groups like Catholics, Protestants, and Seventh-Day...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 10:05pm

Do you know how to pray?

Prayer is an important part of our relationship with God.  It is the way we communicate with the Creator. As children are taught how to comb, speak, dress up, calculate, or how to be responsibility and much more, prayer should be among the essential things a child learns. Like how you take...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 7:32pm

African clerics seek to omit colonial legacy from gospel

Over 500 religious leaders from across Africa are convening in Kigali for a three-day congress that’s being being held under the theme ‘Religious freedoms and building a tolerant continent of Africa’. The congress, organised by the General Conference of the Seventh-Day Adventist...

Friday, September 14, 2018 - 11:51pm

Religion: Empowering or oppressive to women?

One Angel Nduka-Nwosu recently sparked an interesting discussion on Twitter when she requested African Christian women to quote or reply with a tweet about the most sexist/dehumanising thing they had ever heard about women in the church. Many responded with tweets that condemned religious beliefs...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 11:25am

Religious orders have an answer to the predicament their schools find themselves in

Some days ago we broached the subject of 57 secondary schools that had been suspended for a number of reasons, most of them regarding poor infrastructure, hygiene and administrative shortcomings. Some of the schools, it could be said, were facing serious financial constraints and were overwhelmed...

Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 11:25pm

Faith-based organisations move to regulate themselves

The Catholic Church, Islamic community and the Anglican Church in Rwanda are working towards creating a self-regulatory body to oversee the operations of faith-based organisations in the country. The move was announced in a statement signed by senior clergy from various denominations. These...

Friday, August 3, 2018 - 9:32am

I lost interest in my religion

Dear Counsellor, I am from a staunch Muslim family, the kind who pray five times a day and even fast. Over the years, I felt myself get disconnected to this religion, and I’ve been spending time with some Christian friends, ‘Born Again’ to be exact, and even going to church. My...

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 8:57pm

Clerics move to fulfil qualifications as new law goes into force

A new law that sets the minimum education requirements for preachers of the word of God was recently passed and now faith-based organisations are working on how to upgrade their pastors who do not meet the threshold. According to the new law, church leaders must hold a degree in religious studies...

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 12:18am

New law to restore order in religious affairs

The Government on Thursday tabled a draft law in Parliament that will put more requirements for faith-based organisations to be registered and allowed to operate in the country. The draft law determines the organisation and functioning of faith based groups. It introduces requirements for faith-...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 9:52am

Eastern Province clerics “thankful” for closure of substandard churches

Religious organisations in Eastern Province have said they appreciate the closure of substandard churches in the past few months, saying it turned out to be helpful to them than they thought. They expressed gratitude on Thursday afternoon during a meeting between provincial leaders and...

Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 1:37am

How artificial intelligence is shaping religion in the 21st century

Technology and artificial intelligence (AI) are fashioning how people interact with everything from food to healthcare – and so, too, for religion. From electronic scriptures to robot priests, different faiths have absorbed new ideas from the world of technology to enhance mainstream...

Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 12:35am

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