Art in the Library

The other day I went to the Ham Mukasa Library, the gorgeous and (relatively) new building on campus. The architecture is stunning, and I’m more than a little jealous that theology is not included in this building: we now have the old library building all to ourselves. 

I knew that the library was going to house some artifacts from the Bishop Tucker Theological College days; what I didn’t know was that the large windows at the entrance were going to feature art to help block the brutal afternoon sun. 

These pictures do not do the work justice; I want to return with a real camera and take proper photos. 

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How to finish collecting your data

1. Get in the car to drive to chapel so you can go to Kampala directly after, and learn the battery is dead. 2. Wonder why you failed to get jumper cables after the last time you had to jump-start a car (not my own). 3. Freak out about getting to Kampala. 4. Go to…

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Queen’s cakes and focus groups

When I began the data collection phase of my research, I knew that scheduling the interviews, and especially the focus groups, was going to be exciting.  I knew the clergy interviews would be relatively easy to schedule; I know most of the clergy, and for the ones I don’t know, we have the bond of…

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Igniting an inadvertent firestorm

As we were wrapping up our discussion on the second half of Ecclesiastes yesterday, I inadvertently ignited a bit of a firestorm.  We were talking about how none of us knows the day that we will die, and a student offered that his grandfather, at the age of 112, one day announced that he would…

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A new way to be invited

I am forever amazed at how obliquely polite people can be in Uganda.  Tonight, a student asked me to preach at the leadership handover for his fellowship on Sunday, which I am honored and delighted to accept.  But naturally, he couldn’t just ask.  The conversation went something like this: Joseph: Reverend, I am inviting you…

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Age, culture, and Articles collide 

Yesterday during discipleship, it was a bit rainy, so we shoved 10 people in my office. The way the chairs had to be configured, one of the girls was in danger of being shoved into a corner, and I said, ” ‘Nobody puts Baby in a corner!’ Who knows what movie that’s from?” I thought…

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Love-hate Wednesdays

I have a love-hate relationship with Wednesdays. We start the day with Bible Exposition at 7:30 am, and end with discipleship from 4-6 pm. In between are meetings and lectures. It’s a long, but good, day. I always give my discipleship groups a lot of latitude in whatever they want to do for the semester;…

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UCU Chaplaincy’s YouTube channel!

Last fall, Amos asked me to bring an expensive piece of audio/visual equipment with me when I returned to Uganda, as the Chaplaincy wanted to start recording and posting their services online.  Once we worked out small little details like which model to get and last-minute add-ons, I had it packed in my carry-on, and was…

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“Thanks for mothering him.”

My dear friend from seminary, Esther, delivered her first child in October, a sweet boy named Mark.  Esther and her husband Martin asked me to be his godmother, an honor and joy I gladly accepted. Mark was baptized last weekend, and at the luncheon after, of course there were speeches.  There are always speeches.  Esther…

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