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Lessons of Life and Death From Africa with Stanley Chagala

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on July 20, 2017 at 5:00 PM

 Learn how members of a village in Kenya celebrate the passages of life and death as a community.



Thursday August 31, 2017

10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern


My guest is Stanley Chagala, a member of the Maragoli tribe in Kenya, East Africa, who is currently studying at San Francisco Theological Seminary. Stanley has a unique insight into tribal customs surrounding life and death, having spent most of his life in a small village without running water or electricity. He will share with us the wisdom he learned from his tribe in this fascinating interview!



In this interview you will learn:


  • The day-to-day life Stanley experienced growing up in his village
  • The 4 significant "welcoming celebrations" observed in the Maragoli tribe
  • How Stanley came to the US to share his knowledge about death and dying
  • Stanley's perceptions of our American way of dealing with death 
  • How he is sharing his wisdom in his work as a hospital chaplain

Stanley Chagala comes from the Maragoli people of Western Kenya, and is currently a graduate student of Divinity at the San Francisco Theological Seminary, where he is training as a clinical chaplain at Marin General Hospital. He was raised as a 4th generation Quaker in combination with traditional Maragoli cultural rites of passage and healing practices. As an adult, Stanley had a series of dreams telling him to work with dying people. He received a seminary scholarship, and sold his four oxen to pay for his plane ticket to California. Stanley brings a unique mystical perspective to his work with the sick and dying, incorporating shamanic practices and pre-colonial African theologies as he walks with those who face major life passages. 

To contact Stanley Chagala send an email to: [email protected]

Categories: Care of the Dying

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