Tag Archives: Apartheid

it’s now about us

Actually, nothing has changed, has it? The truth is it has always been about us. What are we willing to ignore? How much are we willing to put up with? How low are we willing to go?

Peter Story, a Methodist Bishop from South Africa once remarked that during the apartheid years, he was always deeply ashamed of his nation for the immorality of such an unjust system. Every day of this presidency and this administration I am identifying  more deeply with the pain he felt and what he was saying.

Where is our basic decency? When will we say enough is enough, and begin to reclaim the standard human decency that has always created hope around the world?

poverty is not natural

Today is Mandela Day, and around the world caring people are honoring the memory of Nelson Mandela with 67 minutes of service. I pray that all the service given touches the lives of those most in need and that with every minute of service given we all more deeply realize that we have the power to change our world forever.

Like slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is manmade and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. — Nelson Mandela

Imagine a world without poverty and hunger. We could make it happen in our lifetime.