Chaplaincies

 

CCT is running four chaplaincies, so far, for the purpose of offering pastoral services to students and university staff at University of Dar es salaam, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Mzumbe University and University of Dodoma.

The four chaplaincies are semi-autonomous units and operate more or less like any other local church/parish in terms of their internal structure and management. Each chaplaincy has its means of organization and modus operandi without affecting ecumenical set-up, CCT’s doctrinal basis of faith as well as strategic¬†goals of CCT.

SUA Main Campus Chapel with Uluguru Mountais in the background
SUA Main Campus Chapel with Uluguru Mountais in the background

One of the key issues each chaplaincy has to handle is conducting Sunday services that will accommodate worshipers from 12 denominations. This could be very challenging because of differences between members on how they conduct their services. While some members will stand-up, kneel down, bow their heads and all other gestures that go with piousness and carefully written liturgies; others are used to more straightforward formats with little to do with any medieval piousness.

Although CCT has currently issues a standard liturgy for UMOJA (Unity), the spirit behind success of unity is not a thoroughly researched and carefully written liturgy. Instead it is the desire of the congregants themselves to be together, the willingness to forgo ones religious details and cling to the unity of the body of Christ. This ability to identify essentials of our faith apart from Church Traditions is what has made chaplaincies flourish.

These chaplaincies also serve students through USCF (University Students Christian Fellowship).

The building of Mzumbe Chapel under construction. CCT PFP Committee and Management Team are touring the site
The building of Mzumbe Chapel under construction. CCT PFP Committee and Management Team are touring the site

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