Christian Mission: How Christianity Became a World Religion
Christian Mission: How Christianity Became a World Religion
Dana L. Robert
Wiley-Blackwell, 2009
232 pp., $31.95

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Jason Byassee

Holy Space in Uganda

Anglicans, Catholics, and martyrs.

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The glory of the story of the Uganda Martyrs is that it is so deeply ecumenical. It is as important in Ugandan culture as the Virgin of Guadalupe is in Mexican, yet it is so much more approachable than La Virgin for Protestant sensibilities. We might be able to understand or sympathize with Guadalupe, at best. But I actually fell in love with the story of the Uganda Martyrs. I can see why one would name a child, a church, a school after them.

If you have a story like that of the Uganda Martyrs, why not make some space, both literally and figuratively, for others to love the story and ask for the grace to imitate it? Zimbabwean Anglicans have done so in spades—setting aside an entire mountain with which to remember what God has done in Bernard Mizeki. Perhaps we in today's west, for not the last time, have something to learn here from African Christians.

Jason Byassee is executive director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School.

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