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The Gospel According to St. Franchise

In Culture, One Horizon on July 17, 2013 at 2:07 pm

OHI Fellow Releases New E-Book


On July 4, 2013, OHI fellow Billy Kenney released his first book entitled, “The Gospel According to Saint Franchise,” through Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. This book is a satire based on the Gospel of Matthew. It follows Jesus and his disciples on a darkly humorous journey as God reveals his true desire for the future of the people of Israel. By faithfully abiding temptation and trial Jesus has demonstrated his worthiness and is now prepared to claim his proper title of Messiah, and his rightful place as the unquestioned hegemon of world affairs. “Tell me Son, how can the mite of a widow ever possibly compare with the might of an army?” asks God. Thus begins Jesus’ quest to use all possible means available to him to make sure that Israel becomes the most resplendent empire that the world ever has or ever will see. He is Saint Franchise, the brand above all brands who will bring hegemony over the entire earth in the name above all names!

“I wrote this book as a way to help draw out the very stark contrast that I see between many of our modern western values and ideals, and the story of Jesus,” says Kenney. “So, in this sense, it is an attempt to invite people to critically reflect upon how cultural values and ideals deeply influence and often deform or pervert our understanding of Christian identity and practice,” he said. The book’s cover features a work of art that was done by OHI’s Steve Pavey, who also did the cover design. It is available for download to all Kindle or Kindle compatible devices here

Amahoro Gathering and New Web Presence

In Amahoro on July 17, 2013 at 2:03 pm

OHI Deepens Relationship with Amahoro Africa


On May 27-31 OHI was honored to be a participant and co-sponsor of the 6th annual Amahoro Africa Gathering. This year’s gathering was held in Entebbe, Uganda, and was attended by over 100 indigenous church and civil society leaders from all over Central East Africa and Southern Africa. There were also about 20 people in attendance from America, Europe and other countries. The main topic of discussion at this year’s gathering was politics and the Kingdom of God. OHI team members Greg Leffel and Billy Kenney were in attendance at the gathering. Billy is currently serving as the Executive Director of Amahoro USA, which supports Amahoro Africa and helps to build relationships between Americans and the work in Africa. He also serves on the governing board of Amahoro Africa.

Amahoro Africa is a growing movement of church and civil society leaders seeking to promote indigenous -African leadership that is focused on integral mission. The annual Amahoro Africa gathering is a central part of this work, and serves to help inform, connect and build networks among people doing innovative progressively oriented work in a broad array of areas related to Christian mission and development. OHI is proud to be a long-time supporter and participant in this work, and believes Amahoro has tremendous potential to help positively transform the paradigm for western involvement in Africa. To find out more about the work of Amahoro Africa please visit the new website here.

OHI Unveils New Amahoro Website


At this year’s annual Amahoro Africa Gathering OHI was honored to be able to introduce the new Amahoro Africa website, that was funded by OHI and created in consultation with the leadership of Amahoro Africa. We want to thank Pablo Otaola of StepStone Designs for his excellent work in designing and building what we believe is a beautiful and functional site that does a great job of telling the Amahoro Africa story. We also owe many thanks to Travis Reed of The Work of the People, who did an amazing job of creating most of the video content for the site. Our work with Travis on this website project is the formal beginning of what we hope will be a very long and productive relationship with The Work of the People. Billy Kenney of OHI was the project manager for the development of the website, and coordinated the efforts between all of the different parties involved in building the site.

One of the key features of the new site is a blog that allows the different Amahoro cohort groups around Africa to share insights ask questions and give others real-time updates about what is happening in their own contexts. It also allows Amahoro friends and members from outside of Africa to remain connected to the ongoing conversation and share about what is happening in their own countries. Very soon OHI plans to launch a local “Lexington Cohort” of Amahoro that we’re hoping will be a way for African expatriates and refugees in our own city to connect with the ongoing work in Africa, as well as be a space to introduce and welcome Americans to participate in this work.