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September 2007 CACE eJournal

Welcome to our September eJournal. I often wonder what many Christians think and expect when they pray “thy kingdom come” as Jesus taught us. Is there any sense of anticipation or hope that the reality of the kingdom will be reflected in our lifetime? When we think of the pain and difficulties all over the world, do we only look to the return of Christ for the remedy, or do we have any sense of responsibility for providing a glimpse of the reality of God’s kingdom, even if we remain humble enough to resist thinking our own efforts will usher in the fullness of the kingdom? This month CACE is co-sponsoring an event that challenges us to think about morality and the HIV crisis. On September 20 at 7:00 pm in Barrows Auditorium we will have the opportunity to hear from a panel that will address questions such as the relationship between faith and one’s perception of the crisis, and also how one’s response to this predicament can be instructive for how we confront other moral challenges. When we think of a world that is broken while we pray for the entrance of the kingdom, what do we do in the face of such daunting crises? The campus community and public are all invited to attend as we begin to answer this question.

Please see below for some of our upcoming events this Fall. We are very excited about the speakers and discussions that will take place, and we hope you will join us as we consider engaging the moral challenges in the world. Wheaton College is always a wealth of activity and September is no exception. We would like to also recommend the Conservatory of Music's Symposium Celebrate Africa on campus Saturday, September 22nd. At 7:00 PM Ladysmith Black Mambazo will be presented by the Artist Series at Wheaton College Edman Memorial Chapel.

In this month’s journal, we are featuring an abstract of a recent article by Professor Sandra Joireman from our Politics and International Relations Department, which looks at some of the security concerns which arise from attempting to confront the AIDS crisis in Africa.

Vince Bacote, Director of CACE

Upcoming Events:

HIV and Morality
Thursday, September 20, 7PM, Barrows Auditorium
CACE co-sponsors with the Mosaic Initiative for an evening of lively discussion with panelists from Wheaton Academy, Human Rights Campaign, Wheaton Bible Church, Global Lifeworks, and others. Visit our webpage for full list of participants.

"Christian Moral Engagement in Politics", Thursday, October 11, 7 PM Coray Event Center
Senator Dan Coats R-IN, former member of Congress from 1981-1999, joins us along with former Congressman Victor Fazio, Jr., D-CA who served from 1979-1999. Michael Gerson, Wheaton grad and former speech writer for the Bush White House, now op-ed columnist for The Washington Post and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations will be our moderator.

Wheaton Lecture in Christian Moral Formation, Thursday- Saturday, November 9-10, 2007
CACE welcomes to campus, Gideon Strauss for our Christian Moral Formation Lectureship. Gideon is the Research and Education Director of the Christian Labour Association of Canada and editor of Comment, the journal of the Work Research Foundation.

Faith in the Halls of Power, Wednesday, November 14 3:30 - 5 PM, Blanchard 339
Michael Lindsay, Rice University, Department of Sociology has recently completed the nation’s largest and most comprehensive study of public leaders who are people of faith.CACE events are free and open to the public. See www.christianethics.org for our 2007 - 2008 Event Schedule.

HIV/AIDS in Africa and US National Security by Dr. Sandra Joireman
Wheaton College
"HIV/AIDS in Africa," Africa- US Relations: Strategic Encounters, Donald Rothchild and Edmond Keller (eds.), (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2006), p. 147-166.

ABSTRACT: The U.S. response to HIV/AIDS in Africa reflects the way in which Africa fits into the U.S. national security agenda. Increased awareness of the causes of terrorism has made Africa more critical to the national security agenda of the United States than it has been in the past. The African security concerns of greatest interest to U.S. policymakers are terrorism and state failure. Economic underdevelopment, coupled with HIV/AIDS, may produce an environment in which weak or even failed states are unable to stem the growth of terrorist groups within their borders. Moreover, other threats to U.S. security occasionally materialize in states unable to adequately police their own borders and assert state control outside the capital. HIV/AIDS is a security threat, but it is indirect and played out at multiple levels of analysis: within individual bodies; clustered within families and communities; and with destabilizing effects on the capacity of the state. Thus, HIV/AIDS links human security and international security in unique ways. AIDS is a disease; it is neither a weapon nor a state. Yet, it has been perceived by two US administrations as a threat to national security because of its potential for destabilizing states.

HIV/AIDS in Africa