Let Us All Sit Around the Table in a Big Circle and Eat Together

Sometimes Christian values in our SCCs challenge African cultural values. After a Small Christian Communities Workshop in Geita Diocese, Tanzania everyone gathered in one of the SCC members’ home for the traditional closing meal. Following the custom of the local Sukuma Ethnic Group the men sat in a circle around the table. The women served and then ate sitting in the back of the room. One person politely challenged this custom saying: “We have just finished a workshop where everyone participated equally. Now we eat in a way that makes women second class. Let us all sit around the table in a big circle and eat together.” And so it was done. This was a real learning experience for all the men and women present.

Author Country :Tanzania
True Story
Location :Geita, Tanzania
Year of Publication :2011/ Publication :Spearhead Series
Sub Theme :African Culture, Eating, Sharing, Small Christian Communities, Unity/Division/
Author Name :Rev. Joseph G. Healey, M.M./
Author City :Geita