BLACK AND WHITE – tyrants or oppressed?

When thinking about "Crossing Cultures", there is so often a cultural boundary based on colour rather than differences in culture. Rev. Dr. James Cone, an American Black theologian who died in 2018, wrote:“Any message that is not related to the liberation of the poor in a society is not Christ’s message. Any theology that is … Continue reading BLACK AND WHITE – tyrants or oppressed?


Denis the Areopagite (late 5th to early 6th Century) wrote about plunging into the darkness: terrifying - if darkness is only about evil and death, meaningless suffering or getting lost. I remember walking back along a track late one night with a Ugandan friend to where I was staying. It had just stopped raining but … Continue reading PLUNGE INTO DARKNESS – Finding Freedom

A Universal Pattern by Richard Rohr

I wanted to share today's meditation by Richard Rohr, just as he wrote it, as I think it is so important. Christ is before all things, and in Christ all things hold together. —Colossians 1:17 Anything called “Good News” needs to reveal a universal pattern that can be relied upon, and not just clannish patterns … Continue reading A Universal Pattern by Richard Rohr


Which is the most important Christian festival: Christmas, Good Friday or Easter? Or even Ascension Day or Pentecost? Commercially and in modern western culture at least, it is Christmas, followed by Easter. Although Good Friday is still officially a Bank Holiday in the UK, the retail industry ignores that, while Pentecost (Whitsun) and Ascension are … Continue reading CHRISTMAS REFLECTION


Thursday to Monday, 21st – 25th November Robert and I left Soroti (and Teso itself) early on Thursday morning having fulfilled most of my expectations (and some of others’) during my three weeks in Teso. But it’s impossible to meet everyone who wants to see me. Even if there were time, I don’t have the … Continue reading TESO DIARY Part 8


Monday to Wednesday, 18th – 20th November: Soroti We picked up James Ikara, his wife Elizabeth and little Margaret, who had travelled from Nyero, from Soroti and set off for the little trading centre of Adamasiko between Arapai and Tubur for the great celebration and workshop that Joel Odongo had organised for the project he … Continue reading TESO DIARY Part 7


Friday to Sunday, 15th – 17th November: Ococia to Oditel to Soroti We spent a little time at the school before leaving with Emma at about 10.00 on Friday and stopped at the weekly market, which is where Emma sometimes takes the children. At first, people used to say, “Why are you bringing those mad … Continue reading TESO DIARY Part 6


Saturday to Wednesday, 9th - 13th Nov: Nyero and Tubur There has been such weak network and internet signals that it hasn't been possible to upload photos or post this until now, when I am back in Soroti. Denis and I didn’t manage to leave Soroti until about dusk on Friday (8th) – and overshot … Continue reading TESO DIARY Part 4