Your story is enough

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“Turkana children’s hunger for education” by Patrick Kinuthia. PHOTO: MARGARETTA WA GACHERU

by Wandia Njoya [with David Oyuke, Shingai Kagunda and Enoque Wambua]

When I was your age, I was an education student at Kenyatta University. One semester, our history of education professor gave us an assignment, which was to write a term paper on the impact of different government commissions on Kenyan education.

I took the assignment seriously. I read a number of books on the topic. I even typed and printed my paper, which was a big deal, because there were very few computers available for students. However, I was fortunate to have a father with a computer that looked like a huge carton. So to type my assignment, I had to go home. I then printed the work and even paid to have it bound.

One of my classmates looked at all my effort and laughed. She said to me: what’s the point of putting all this effort into the assignment? I’m just going to copy someone else’s work, and I will still get an A. Continue reading

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Our dignity is priceless

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“Women” by Nana Yaw Kowalski

Over ten years ago, when I was a graduate student, I received a small beautiful card in the post, and in it was a handwritten note from one of the faculty in the department where I was. In the note, he said that he loved me, that he couldn’t stop dreaming about me and he wanted to make love with me. So could we go on a date?

Honestly, I thought it was a bad joke, so I tore up the letter and pretended that nothing had happened. Continue reading

Truth, Beauty, Love – by Wandia Njoya

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SoS-2This discussion is a continuation of Curtis Reed’s workshop on The Soul of Sex workshop. The gist of the discussion is that experiencing our sexuality in righteous ways requires:

  1. resisting the temptation to disconnect our sexuality from our political, social and cultural lives
  2. understanding the connection between power and the distortion of our sexuality and relationships
  3. deliberately determining for ourselves what is beautiful and what is romantic.

The discussion uses various scriptural references and poems by people of the African descent from the continent and it’s diaspora. It also addresses contemporary issues such as how to deal with sexual temptation in the university classroom setting.

A copy of the same discussion in pdf can be downloaded here.

Yours in freedom,

Wandia Njoya

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The Soul of Sex – by Curtis Reed

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SoS-2On October 8th 2014 at Daystar University, Athi River campus, Brother Curtis led us in the discussion of the thoughts he had earlier shared on September 23rd during the chapel hosted by the university’s Compassion and Care Center (DCCC). Below is a loose transcript of what he said. The text is not completely verbatim, but is, I believe, faithful to the spirit and gist of what Curtis shared. A copy of the same discussion in pdf can be downloaded here. Blessings, Wandia Njoya. Continue reading

Sermon by Pastor Reed

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Sermon to the Daystar Community, Athi River Campuscropped-ajenda-logo1
At the Daystar Compassion and Care Center chapel
Tuesday September 23rd, 2014

By Pastor Curtis Reed

SS6On September 23, 2014, Pastor Curtis Reed delivered a sermon to the Daystar University’s Compassion and Care Center on sexual addiction. Below is a loose transcript of the sermon. Although most of it has been kept verbatim to retain the oral flavor of the text, there are some instances in which I made structural adjustments to make the text read easier. A copy of the sermon in PDF can be downloaded here. Blessings, Wandia.

Good morning everybody.

I don’t want to spend much time; time is already far spent. I want to say a few introductory remarks. First is to thank the Daystar Compassion and Care Center.  And I want to thank Sister Susan and the rest of the Care community for inviting me to meet the entire Daystar community. I’m honored to be here. Any time I get a chance to be with you, I’m happy.

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