September 28, 2016

Gratitude from Bishop Munga, NED

ned_sepa_150 “We can witness that the prayers of our sisters and brothers in Christ are sustaining us,” wrote Bishop Stephen Munga of our companion North Eastern Diocese in Tanzania in response to a letter from Bishop Burkat carrying the thoughts, prayers and generosity of Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod members after Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University (SEKOMU) was attacked...

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September 23, 2016

SEPA Standing with SEKOMU After Attack

ned_sepa_150 The Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod is standing in prayer and financial support with Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University in Tanzania after armed gunmen attacked the university on September 1. Pastor Brad Burke and other members of our synod were in the North Eastern Diocese at the time and shared pastoral care and the prayers of our synod. The...

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September 23, 2016

Bishop’s Message on Violence at SEKOMU

Bishop Headshot Small Bishop Burkat shares news of an attack by armed men on the property of Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University (SEKOMU) in Tanzania on September 1. One guard at the university was killed, another wounded, and two hostels housing nearly 40 students and faculty were set afire. Damage to the facility exceeded $100,000 US. The Synod Council...

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August 2, 2016

Proclaiming God’s Love in Tanzania

Church in Tanzania ELCA Did you know that Tanzania, home to our companion North Eastern Diocese, has many more Lutherans than the ELCA has members. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania has 6.5 million members compared to the ELCA’s 3.7 million. As the ELCA looks to its future, what can it learn from the global Lutheran church? Read more...

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June 26, 2015

Tanzania Diocese Celebrates 125th

ned_emblem Congratulations to our companion Synod, the North Eastern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, on its 125th Jubilee, to be celebrated in early July. On June 30 Bishop Burkat and Assistant to the Bishop Joanne Carlson leave for Tanzania, where the bishop will preach at the Jubilee worship service on July 6. Please...

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September 3, 2014

Welcome the MacPhersons Home

MacPherson14a Our missionaries Tom and Susan MacPherson are on their way home after three years in Tanzania.  Please join St. John’s, Mayfair and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod as we welcome them home.  On Saturday, September 13, we’ll celebrate their time in Irente with a pot luck dinner after the 5:00 pm service, at which they will preach....

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May 10, 2014

MacPhersons’ Say ‘Asante Sana’

Assem14Pro Over and over again “Asante Sana” (“Thank You” in Swahili) was spoken by our Tanzanian missionaries, Susan and Tom MacPherson, as they called via Skype into the Assembly from East Africa. Calling from a classroom at the Irente Childrens’ Home with some young students who had not yet had their dinner and were up past their bedtimes,...

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February 1, 2014

March is Tanzania Month

NED Logo The Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod is celebrating our partnerships in Tanzania during March. Throughout the month the Synod is offering opportunities to celebrate, learn about and raise funds for the companionships we have in Tanzania. With this month-long focus, we will raise awareness of these companionships and consolidate our efforts to support them. Tanzania Month Letter...

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June 25, 2013

Bishop’s Tanzanian Visit

NED Logo Bishop Burkat and Joanne Carlson have just completed a visit to Tanzania, including five days on the territory of our companion North-Eastern Diocese and then a gathering to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. The festive anniversary celebration included tree-planting, gift-giving, choirs and greetings from Lutheran representatives from the ELCA...

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May 23, 2013

Mission Idea: ROAR for Tanzania

ROAR Motorcyclists at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church are sponsoring ROAR: Ride Organized for A Reason to raise funds to help purchase a motorcycle for use by their mission partners at Cathedral Church in Tanzania. This 75-mile scenic motorcycle tour will be held rain or shine on Saturday, June 8. Registration and pre-ride meeting starts at 8 am...

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May 22, 2013

Support MacPherson Mission for Third Year

MacPherson Tom and Susan MacPherson, missionaries in Tanzania, have agreed to serve at the Irente Children’s Home for a third year through the fall of 2014. As self-funded lay missionaries, they rely on support from individuals and churches to carry out their work at Irente. You and your congregation can help fund this important work. •...

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May 6, 2013

Gardens Grow in Tanzania

13MacPhersons Tom and Susan MacPherson, missionaries from our Synod at Irente Children’s Home in Tanzania, gave the Assembly an update on their mission and ministry Saturday morning — live from Tanzania via Skype. The MacPhersons have been serving as part of the companion relationship between SEPA and the North East Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church...

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September 15, 2008

Visiting SEKUCo ‘a dream come true’

"Visiting SEKUCo after its first year was a dream come true," writes local educator Michelle Macluckie. "I had seen pictures but the pulse of SEKUCo was in the faculty and students who greeted us so warmly. The proud students fully understand that they will be the agents of educational change in Tanzania."

August 25, 2008

From our teacher in Tanzania

"There is so much to tell about my year-long experience teaching at SEKUCo," writes exchange teacher Amanda Grant. "I have come home to many familiar faces but I leave behind many that have touched my life just as I have touched theirs."

May 13, 2008

SEKUCo completing successful first year

Provost Anneth Munga has recently provided a detailed update on the second semester progress at SEKUCo. All of the 138 students returned for their second semester in February and will finish in June. The students have covered specialization courses in visual, speech and intellectual impairment and early intervention and are in their core courses on Development Studies and Teaching and Learning now. While second semester classes end in June, there will be numerous “summer” programs.

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Contact:

For more information about Synod programs and communications, or for help with communications issues in your congregation, contact:
Bob Fisher
Assistant to the Bishop for Communication and Mission Interpretation
267.323.3743
rfisher@sepa.org

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