Celebrating African Cultures
A new mission is taking shape within the Diocese of Missouri that celebrates the people and cultures of Africa. And on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022, dozens of people came together for a delicious and fun taste of this new mission.
The Rev. Mtipe Koggani, recently ordained as a transitional deacon in the Diocese, hosted an African food and fellowship event in the backyard of the Deaconess Anne House in Old North St. Louis. Approximately 60 people came for delicious food, music, and dancing.
The group enjoyed foods like maandazi, samosa, pilau, and ngegere. They also spent time getting to know each other -- the group included people from Liberia, Nigeria, Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, India, China, Belize, and Puerto Rico. Mtipe said it was a great to bring so many people together.
"We came together, despite the differences we have, as people from African cultures or people who like African cultures, to form this community," Mtipe said. "We do not ignore the differences we have, we recognize them. But we come together as children of God, which is the spirit of this community."
This event was the first step to planting a new African mission in the Diocese of Missouri. The formal launch of that mission is planned for October 23, 2022 with a special event at Christ Church Cathedral. Additional community events are being planned before that launch -- stay tuned for more news about this exciting new community of faith forming in our Diocese!
African Food and Fellowship Event: August 13, 2022
Thanks to the Lee Evans and the Rev. Renee Fenner for these photos.