It is so much the case that we don't think about it very much. We live in a global community. It is true politically, economically, socially and religiously. Connections abound. What happens in one part of the world greatly affects another part. We are aware of that in everything from what we buy and sell to the way that events here shape the world quite far afield, and events far away shape our lives on this soil. Just think of recent incidents in the Middle East or Korea. Just recall the decisions that we are making about immigration and global economies in this moment.
The world is smaller to be sure. In recent religious news there has been a renewed awareness of the global community. We heard about the whole world of Christianity in the recent installations of Pope Francis I and Bishop Justin Welby as the Archbishop of Canterbury. Christianity is a worldwide religion as are the other two Abrahamic faith traditions, Islam and Judaism. And all of us are connected to the other global faith expressions of Eastern and native religions.
I am particularly attuned to the global relationship that I am experiencing with people in Tanzania. It began for me in an intensive way with a visit to Tanzania in January of this year. We interacted with brothers and sisters in the Christian community and within the Maasai tribe. We also had a chance to be immersed in the grand and glorious creation that is so abundant in the African context. In both the human and natural connections, I experienced such a powerful bond, such a sense of unity and community.
That bond has continued since being home. We remain in communication with the people of Tanzania. We are celebrating that continuing relationship and the commitment we have to a Maasai community to complete a pre- and elementary school there. On Saturday, April 27, at 6 p.m. we are hosting a celebratory meal and set of festivities for anyone, children and adults alike, who wants to join in a Tanzanian focus and occasion of support and fun. The event is called "A Kilimanjaro Adventure: Faith in Action." Tickets are $35/adult; $70/family. (For more information, contact Karen Royce 203-869-0643, email@example.com.)
We also received heart-wrenching information from Tanzania. There was tragic news of an attack on a night-watchman at the Anglican Archbishop's residence in Tanzania just a few days ago, part of the political and religious unrest in that part of the world. We have received even more recent news of a potential local governmental betrayal of the Maasai people, instead of honoring long commitments for the Maasai to retain their land, culture, and ways.
It is a deeply moving thing to be connected to the Tanzanian people in this manner. It brings global community realities home. We experience true bonds of respect, affection, and care with them and they with us. We have much to learn from them, and we have gifts to offer in return. It affects me in a profound way, and it also affects other people here in Greenwich... church members, friends, others who join together for support and awareness. Here is one example of what it is to be part of a global family.
We and our brothers and sisters in Tanzania and throughout this globe are children of this earth and of the Creator who made it. What a bond that is, and what a gift.