As the credits roll on the animated film WALL-E, Peter Gabriel sings, We’re coming down to the ground! There’s no better place to go! The song caps off the story about humanity returning to planet Earth generations after wrecking it — although WALL-E, EVE and friends are needed to wake […]
An mzungu tends to stand out in Tanzania. He dresses practically and comfortably, and that puts most of his clothing at odds with local dress. Trekking gear or travel wear? So dull and baggy. Big, roomy shirts for staying cool? How unpolished. Surf sandals, sneakers, backpacks? All unusual or shabby, […]
Last week I said that ‘witness’ is part of why we engage the university. Let’s delve a little further into what that might mean. First, witness is about more than speaking. As participants in the university, we place a special emphasis on listening in an active, ongoing way.
I often say to people that Elliot’s a bit of a dream as far as missionary kids go. He’s gregarious and confident. He’s in what is pretty much a foreign country to him (i.e. Australia) but he tackles each new situation with enthusiasm, and each different group of people with […]
In the last six months we made these three short videos for our Aussie church networks — on blessing, cross-cultural ministry, and ascension.
Engaging the university (see all posts) refers to moving campus ministries beyond the pietistic, evangelistic, and apologetic realms into new territory: participation and dialogue. I have not yet asked in detail why we might want more of this, or what motivations we might have for trying to move in that […]
Tamie and I worked for two years as assistant chaplains at St John’s University of Tanzania, a university founded in 2007 by the Anglican Church of Tanzania. St John’s offers programs in education, business administration, nursing, and pharmacy, as well as some research degrees, and a school of theology. Towards […]