Thinking the Faith, Praying the Faith, Living the Faith is written by the PC(USA) Office of Theology and Worship.
Thinking, praying, and living the faith is at the core of ministry in the Office of Theology and Worship. In the following videos, learn more about what thinking, praying, and living the faith means to the leadership of the Office of Theology and Worship. Discover why it matters and what difference it makes in our lives, work, and worship.
From Wednesday to Sunday I have been in the northern half of Ghana, in the newly formed Upper Presbytery (offices in Bolgatonga) and the Northern Presbytery (offices in Tamale).
The two areas are closely related in many ways, but also have many differences. The area around Tamale is the historic center of Islam in Ghana. The native population is close to 99% Muslim, although a significant number of folks from southern Ghana have come north for government and university jobs lessening that number. The Northern Presbytery is the largest in land size and smallest in number of the 13 Ghanaian presbyteries. The Upper Presbytery has a smaller Muslim population, but a much larger traditional African religion population.
One of the reasons that Muslims and Christians get along as well as they do here is a two-fold understanding: 1) that peaceful coexistence is a Christian and a Muslim value; and, 2) that both are missionary religions, so neither is surprised by conversion. It is my understanding that more Muslims are becoming Christians than the other way around. Here are a couple of pictures you might find interesting. In some Islamic countries, women are forbidden to drive. That is clearly not the case here:
On Sunday morning we worshiped with one of nine congregations that Rev. Peter Amadu Tia pastors. He is from Fooshegu among the Dagbali people.
In this picture from worship, you can see the baby girl with a hijab on being held by her grandmother (?) in worship. Her father is probably a Muslim.
This congregation numbered almost 90 in worship, even as it worships under a tree in the village. There is a literal call to worship, when the young man begins to play the drums, the people began to gather.
Here are video clips from worship.