Crocodiles, crocodile tears, and fishing for men

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I have just been doing a web search. A friend told my wife that Internet news yesterday mentioned demonstrations in Uganda. Since we have two sons and other dear friends and family there, I thought I’d see what I could find.   I Googled “Uganda demonstrations.” Since somebody somewhere […]

Trouble named Rufus runs overhead

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I just heard Rufus again as he ran across the attic in my sons’ house in Mbale, Uganda. Though we hear him fairly regularly, mainly at night, we’re not sure that anyone has ever actually seen Rufus. But we’re 99.9 percent sure that Rufus, who is actually Rufus II […]

First impressions from Mbale, Uganda

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist As I’m writing from Mbale, Uganda, my problem is not that I don’t have enough to write about; it’s much the opposite.   We’ve been in Africa for just three days. We’re barely out of the jet-lag doldrums, much less qualified to hold a serious opinion or draw any […]

A Ugandan bishop’s life story still honors the lord

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist By Curtis K. Shelburne   It was already past bedtime when I began this column. I was staring at a blank computer screen, realizing that a busy schedule tomorrow probably argued for beginning to line up some words tonight. But nothing much was happening.   That’s when the phone […]

Interesting week in Mbale, Uganda

By Curtis K. Shelburne “Well, it’s been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, my hometown.”    That’s how storyteller Garrison Keillor begins his weekly “News from Lake Wobegon” tales. I thought about beginning this column similarly: “Well, it’s been a quiet week in Mbale, Uganda, where two of my sons serve as missionaries.” I’m just not […]

What Blessings May Come From a 1:00 a.m. Phone Call?

By Curtis K. Shelburne I’ve got some work I need to finish up, but I’ll go to bed soon,” I told my already-in-bed-wife last night as I kissed her goodnight. “I don’t want to stay up too late, so I won’t work much longer.” “I’ll believe that when I see it,” she smiled sleepily back. […]