Monthly Archives: September 2010

The bus across Tanzania

The following is a letter to the Church School students of Christ the Savior Orthodox Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, sent on 18 September 2010.

Dear friends,

Furaha na amani! Joy and peace!

This is how Orthodox Christians greet one another here in Mwanza, Tanzania.  And I send you very warm greetings from Mwanza. Continue reading


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Inculturation on the Swahili Coast

“Nawatakia saumu makbul.”

Omari repeats these words patiently until I can say them back. I have just wished a good fast to him and his friends Abduli and Mohamedi. They are watching the waves crash on the beach while waiting for the muezzin to signal sunset and the breaking of the fast. The evening meal during this month of Ramadan is called “staftahi;” Omari and his friends are grinning in anticipation of the nightly feast. Continue reading


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