Why is Africa important for the U.S. at this time? A presentation by Fr. Peter Henriot, S.J.
Henroit, Peter, S.J.
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The political-economic reasons why Africa’s future will have significance for developments in the United States, and some moral-religious reasons why people in U.S. should consider Africa’s future to be of significance to a faith community in the U.S.Fr. Peter Henriot, S.J. is an internationally respected Jesuit researcher, speaker and writer on Social Justice, Globalization and Africa, who came to the U.S., from his current home in Zambia, to give the keynote address: "Justice in Africa: On Whose Terms?" at the Africa Faith and Justice Network Conference, in Washington, D.C.Fr. Peter Henriot, born in Tacoma Washington, is a member of the Zambia-Malawi Province of the Society of Jesus. He has worked in Zambia since 1989, and, since 1990, has been the director of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) in Lusaka, Zambia. The JCTR is a project of the Zambia-Malawi Province of the Society of Jesus, founded in 1987 to assist the local church and other groups in matters of political, economic and social justice concerns, through research, education, advocacy and consultation. Their work includes studies on constitutional reform, good governance, poverty eradication, debt cancellation, education for justice, theological reflection.From 1971 to 1988, he was part of the Center of Concern in Washington, DC, a project founded by the United States Catholic Conference and the Society of Jesus to promote study and advocacy on social issues. He served as Director from 1978 to 1988. Peter is the author of numerous articles, scholarly and popular, on socio-economic development and on church’s social teaching. He is the co-editor of The Pastoral Circle Revisited: A Critical Quest for Truth and Transformation, Orbis Books, 2005; co-author of Catholic Social Teaching: Our Best Kept Secret, Orbis Books, fourth and expanded edition, 2003. Co-author of Social Analysis: Linking Faith and Justice, Orbis Books, 1983. Author of Opting for the Poor: The Challenge for the Twenty-First Century, Center of Concern, 2004. Peter is a weekly columnist for THE POST, Zambia’s independent newspaper.