My Muzungu Eyes Are Improving

Liz James, member of the Saskatoon Unitarians, on the
Canadian prairie and founder of the UU Hysterical Society, shares what she
learned on a recent trip to Kenya. With humility and humor, James recounts her
experience as part of a well building project to benefit a Masai village, and
how her “Muzungu (white people) eyes” are opened by the wisdom of the people
she has ostensibly come to Africa to “help.”

  • Speaker: Liz James
  • Worship Leader: Carol Alfus
  • Chalice Lighter: Rev Fulgence
  • Special Music: Franscisco Ruiz singing “We Shall Be Known” by Mamuse
  • Hymn: Rev Joanna Lubkin singing “More Waters Rising” By Saro Lynch-Thomason
  • Story: Liz James

Special Collection

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About Our Speakers

Rev Fulgence Ndadigimana works as a community and consulting Minister. He can be reached through email, at regarding guest preaching, or consulting work in the areas of anti racism work, not for profit development, and international aid.

Liz James does content creation, freelance writing, and preaching for a living. She can be reached through her website at

About The Amazing Musicians:

Rev Joanna Lubkin is has a deep connection to a number of UU communities. She serves as Half time Minister at All Souls Church in Braintree, is the Communications and Digital Ministry Associate at First Church in Jamaica Plain, and is the Worship Arts Lead at The Sanctuary Boston. Sanctuary Boston does the best worship services I have ever attended, on Wednesday evenings. You can learn more about them at

Franscisco Ruiz is a UU Musician and Music Director at the UU congregation of Long beach. The song Franscisco Ruiz sang is from the website which provides all kinds of incredible music for use with social change and growth.

Saro Lynch-Thomason: Currently Saro is creating Songs that Speak, a YouTube series about the history and folklore behind traditional songs, which can be viewed at She is also at work on her next album, More Waters Rising. Check out her website at

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