We’re living in Dodoma, where tens of thousands of students can be found since a couple of new universities opened in 2007. St John’s University is our base while we learn Swahili and local culture as part of the chaplaincy team. Read our posts about university ministry here.
Our evangelical background means we’re on about students knowing Jesus in order to make a tangible difference in their lives, future professions and communities.
We write at meetjesusatuni.com mainly for the benefit of Australian churches, but anyone is welcome. To learn more about partnership with us, read our partnership materials. We can be contacted at email@example.com.
About our background
Arthur and Tamie are from Adelaide and lived in Melbourne before moving to Tanzania. We have studied at the University of Adelaide and at Ridley Melbourne (Australian College of Theology). We work as small-time writers, speakers and theologians. We have previously worked as secondary school teachers and Arthur has also worked as a freelance graphic designer. We met in 2002, were married in 2006 and had a baby in 2012.
About this blog
We’ve been writing here in some form or other since 2008. It’s a space for thinking out loud. It’s part reflection, part chronicle, and all of it’s up for discussion. We usually post every few days, and we hope to be challenged by your imagination and insights as you share and comment!
The title comes from a slogan we use to describe university ministry, ‘meet Jesus at uni, take Jesus beyond uni’.
There are a few ideas or values that guide the issues we cover and the way we approach them. We talk about being irenic because we want to be quick to listen and slow to get angry. We talk about being self-critical because it’s much easier to criticise Those Other People than it is to acknowledge and work on our own blind spots. We talk about being evangelical because truth is incomplete without transformation. We talk about being interdenominational because the Church matters and we all have things to learn from others’ backgrounds.
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About our writing
Other publications by Tamie:
- Engaging the university: a personal story (IFES blog, 2014)
- Academic article, The Condemnation of Jephthah (Tyndale Bulletin, 2013)
- Life in Tanzania: Becoming neighbours; Partners at university; Learning and legacy (Eternity News, 2013)
- God of which city? (Eternity News, 2013)
Other publications by Arthur:
- Book review, Sydney Anglicans: an insider’s view (Jesus Creed, 2013)
- Missing the boat on postmodernism (Ridley blog, 2009)
Selected series on meetjesusatuni.com:
- Cooking with Tamie (2013)
- iCatechisms (Arthur reflects on digital summaries of faith, 2013)
- Vulnerable mission (Arthur, 2013)
- Students speak (conversations with Tanzanian university students, 2013)
- The weekly awe (imagery that inspires Arthur, 2013)
- A lesson about… (Tamie’s cultural reflections in Tanzania, 2013)
- There’s more to Bible reading than… (Arthur on experiencing the Bible, 2012)
- Risk: from fear to faith (Tamie on moving to Africa, 2012)
- Including the Middle in Tanzania (reflections from intercultural training, 2012)
- Signing up as missionaries (2010-12)
- A history of Tanzanian universities (2012)
- Feminist theology (Tamie’s Summer Project 2010-11, intro post here)