After a strong and inspiring sermon from Bishop Brian, the shared communion and the service over, the clergy processed out, asking the congregation to remain behind. The organ stopped...then the strains of the Soweto String Quartet blasted forth, upping the tempo as Vinnie, some of her fellow students and her mentoring Professor came smiling and dancing up the aisle. The third celebration had begun - of Vinnie's recent graduation with a PhD in Practical Theology from Pretoria University.
Her exuberance and joy was totally infectious!
Then it was time for feasting and socialising. A magnificent celebration cake supplied by the Lalumbe family took centre stage, carefully arranged (above) by Lufuno and Posani's son Ronewa and daughter Madzanga, and little nephew Thuso. Delicious leek-and-potato and butternut soup, and Breyani prepared by excellent parish cooks, Cardiff&Carol, Cecelia and Volentia to further warm the innards after a wonderful heart-warming morning