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DEBATING THEOLOGIES OF LIBERATION AND THE CHALLENGE OF ECOFEMINIST SPIRITUALITY

[HLS 7.1 (2008) 95–102] DOI: 10.3366/E1474947508000085 Vincent Manning and Mary Grey COMMENTS ON TO RWANDA AND BACK: LIBERATION, SPIRITUALITY AND RECONCILIATION by Mary Grey (London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 2007). Pp. 160. Paperback. ISBN 0232526648 Vincent Manning School of Theology, Philosophy and History St Mary’s University College Strawberry Hill Twickenham TW1 4SX vincentm@talktalk.net My first visit to Africa in 1997 was marked by surprise, disturbance and delight. Not prepared for the ‘culture shock’, I described it as being like ‘visiting another planet’ at the time – the African landscape; the beautiful skies; the people I was privileged to encounter. So it seems to have been for Professor Mary Grey when she had her first experience of Africa, visiting Rwanda in December 2004, which she reflects upon extensively in her book To Rwanda and Back. I was visiting friends in Arua, northern Uganda. Grey was in Rwanda at the invitation of the World Council of Churches.1 Northern Uganda was afflicted by poverty, tribal divisions and the terrors of the ‘Lord’s Resistance Army’ (LRA)2 and still bore the scars of the Idi Amin regime. Mary Grey, a leading ecofeminist liberation 1 World Council of Churches: Faith and Order Commission, as http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Holy Land Studies Edinburgh University Press

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