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That Great Divorce Morning in Iringa, Tanzania

August 7th, 2005 | Skip to comments

Four Sundays ago my family and I were in Iringa, Tanzania, looking for an Anglican service to attend. Iringa is a beautiful township in SW Tanzania, far off the “beaten path” of major urban areas, and hope to to a first class university known as Tumaini University (“Hope” University) operated by the Evangelical Lutheran Church. We were staying in a hostel with our other grant participants, and needed something walkable.

We found the church building, which is being borrowed on Sundays precisely for a 9AM service, and then must be vacated for Sunday School for the church that owns both it and its sanctuary. That Sunday we had a delightful casual guitar-driven service in which we got to suggest the songs (Shine, Jesus, Shine; Morning has broken;) and had a delightful scripture reading byh a young girl named Christina. The service was brought by a pastor-team, husband and wife, with the husband doing the greetings and exhortations, and the wife presenting the sermon on a topic dear to Lewisian hearts, and she quoted from The Great Divorce as the climax: “there are two sorts of people in the world; those who say to God, ‘thy will be done”; and those to whom God says, “Thy will be done!”. This far away from Oxford, and Bowling Green, it was kind of reassuring to know that Lewis’s legacy is alive and well, even in Tanzania, even in Iringa, and reached the ears of 12 Americans.


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