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Holiness For Ordinary People: book review


Arthur and I find ourselves in the Aussie reformed evangelical camp, but both of us have significant streams of influence from Holiness / Wesleyan / Methodist traditions from earlier in our lives. We’ve re-discovered these most recently by following Seedbed, which is how I picked up a copy of ‘Holiness […]

Some observations about gender in Tanzania

Gender is a complicated and tricky topic. I feel like I’m only scraping the surface of understanding it in Tanzania, and of course it’s a continuing conversation among Tanzanians themselves! I’ve been hesitant to write anything on it for fear of oversimplifying, but blogging is like thinking out loud, so […]

The Wagogo, colonialism and independence


Mnyampala notes that life for the Wagogo changed significantly with the coming of colonialism. Even naming is significant. Prior to colonialism, the inhabitants of Ugogo still primarily identified by clan; to speak of the Wagogo as a tribe was an artefact of colonial organisation and labelling. Aside from being drawn into European conflict […]

Life for the Wagogo


Continuing in our series on Mnyamapala’s The Gogo: History, Traditions and Customs, which was written in 1954 about the region where we now live… The Wagogo were not an ethnically pure tribe: there were the original Bantu migrants but lots of other people passed through Ugogo region for trade. On […]

Why don’t (Tanzanian) men go to church?

The contention of the ‘Why men hate going to church’ movement is that church has become feminised. From David Murrow’s website: With the dawning of the industrial revolution, large numbers of men sought work in mines, mills and factories, far from home and familiar parish. Women stayed behind, and began […]