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Africa Faith & Justice Network Celebrates 30 Years

Africa Faith & Justice Network Celebrates 30 Years of Education and Advocacy for Justice for Africa.

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For 30 years, the Africa Faith & Justice Network has worked to educate people in the U.S. about Africa and to advocate for just policies toward the countries and people of Africa. It has been my privilege to serve on the AFJN Board since 2001. To celebrate AFJN's Anniversary, our Board and Staff planned a Conference at Notre Dame in early March. Along with the AFJN Board, I am most grateful to our SNJM Congregational Team and to our U.S.-Ontario Province for their financial contributions in support of the Celebration and Conference. After nearly a year of working with the office of our invited keynote speaker, Cardinal Peter Turkson, the resignation of the Pope had us scrambling to make other plans! However, we had two outstanding keynote speakers: Liberia-born Emira Woods, a frequent AFJN collaborator from the Institute for Policy Studies, and Ghanaian Richard Baawobr, Congregational Leader of the Missionaries of Africa.

A highlight of the Conference for me was the presentation of the AFJN Faith & Justice Award to the Transformation Resource Centre in Lesotho. Our Sister Eugenia Masheane works closely with this NGO. It was especially gratifying to me that TRC Board Member, our Sister Bathilda Heqoa came to Notre Dame to receive the award. You can read more about TRC and AFJN at www.afjn.org