Pray the Devil Back to Hell

I am still at my synod’s Fall Theological Conference.  I have calmed down a bit from yesterday’s rant but still am praying for person B (see “Get out there” from yesterday for more).

Anyway…

Last night we had the opportunity to watch a very powerful documentary and I would like to commend it to you.  It is called Pray the Devil Back to Hell. It is a movie about the women’s movement in Liberia that lead to the end of a bloody civil war and to the election of the first woman president in Africa.

The women of that country had finally had enough of the suffering of the children and the rape of women so they banded together (Christian and Muslim women side by side) and proclaimed “We want peace.  No more war“.  Their message lead to peace talks and eventually an end to the violence.  It was powerful.  I had no idea what really happened over there.

Some of you may know that recently three of those women that lead that movement have been awarded a Nobel Peace Prize (which they are sharing).  It is amazing what they accomplished.

Praise be to God!

edh -|—

2 thoughts on “Pray the Devil Back to Hell

  1. For those of you who have access toTwin Cities’ television, the documentary, “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” the second in the series, “Women, War & Peace,” airs on KTCA channel two as follows:
    Tuesday, October 18th at 11:00 p.m.
    Wednesday, October 19th at 5:00 p.m.
    Sunday, October 23rd at 10:00 p.m.
    Monday, October 24th at 4:00 p.m.

    A few years ago I had the privilege of meeting the first woman ever awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. I heard her speak and I read her book. She lead the struggle for women’s rights in Iran. It was illegal for her to leave her country (i.e. in order to receive the Nobel Peace Prize or to go on a speaking tour) without first getting the permission of her husband, so, thankfully, he granted her request. In her speech to the audience at St. Thomas College she urged Americans not to declare war on her country because their people were already suffering enough. The inner strength of these women who fight for peace and human rights is truly amazing!

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