Monthly Archives: August 2010

Ramadan on the Swahili Coast

Dear friends,

I’ve just returned from a visa run across the border to the Kenyan city of Mombasa.  Like Dar es Salaam, Mombasa is a major seaport of the Swahili Coast, but in some ways is more typical of coastal history and culture than its younger Tanzanian counterpart.  I’d like to share some of what residents have told me about their thousand-year old civilization and culture.  What follows is not historical research; it is based on casual observation and conversation with locals. Continue reading

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Tanzania and James – Transfiguration 2010 Update

Dear friends,

Furaha na amani!  Joy and peace!

And greetings from Geita, Tanzania.  I have spent the past two weeks here participating in a youth seminar at Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church.  Teaching staff at the seminar are mostly from overseas: I have joined OCMC Missionary Charita Stavrou as well as a Teaching Team sent from the Orthodox Church of Finland and from OCMC in the United States.  Together we are nine foreigners working together with local staff directing a program for over seventy young adults from Geita region and the surrounding area. Continue reading

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