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Nairobi News : December 11th 2013
homes The original St Andrew’s church is still in use today. Lydia Muthuma, NairobiNews Wednesday, Dec 11 - Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 nairobinews.co.ke 21 God’s Corner, where saints go marching in Coincidence or planned. There is an area that Nairobians refer to as God’s Corner due to the number of religious buildings in the area. Where exactly is it?Lydia Muthuma finds out T he physical space allotted to religion raises interesting questions because it reflects our relationship with God — or at least, it should. How do we decide where churches, temples and mosques are built? And do we consider these sites as sacred or are they as ordinary as grounds that could host a night-club or a shopping mall? Are God’s buildings multi-purpose halls, used for prayers on holy days and for any other business on other days of the week? Choosing the spot Given that some worship in the streets to the beat of drums, while others appropriate an empty godown, install a public address system, and presto, loud communication between heaven and earth begins flowing, it can be challenging to work out Nairobi’s attitude to religion, and especially to providing exclusive space for the Almighty. In downtown Nairobi, either by ac- cident or by design, there is a corner reserved for God’s affairs. But where is it? God’s Corner is the area near the University of Nairobi’s main campus, on Uhuru Highway. Several religious buildings encircle the university roundabout. To the east of this roundabout at the junction of University Way and Uhuru Highway and next to the University of Nairobi, is the Jewish synagogue. Being fenced in by a wall and trees, and not open to the general public, this synagogue can easily be missed. Once you cross Uhuru highway, heading west, there is a rondavel called Saint Paul’s Catholic University Chapel. Its circular form seems to be a nod to the traditional African hut. Across the road, opposite the circular St. Paul’s, is the brick-faced Lutheran Church, now slightly overshadowed by its commercial arm, Luther Plaza. Less than 10 metres away from the Lutherans is Saint Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. The original Saint Andrew’s Church still stands. It is in the same compound as the main building though it overlooks Nyerere Road, while the main sanctuary is accessed from State House Road. Also on Nyerere Road is the First Church of Christ, Scientist. And in case you think that is all, the Christian, nondenominational, Nairobi Chapel is in the same vicinity, although you cannot see it from this spot. The Anglican All Saints Cathedral is Muthuma: God’s Corner is the area near the University of Nairobi’s main campus, on Uhuru highway” also not too far away. Surely, you must agree that it is with good reason that the locale is called God’s Corner.
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