Giving thanks for Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela at UN General AssemblyThe Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations joins the people of South Africa, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and the international community in giving thanks for the life and witness of Nelson Mandela.

We express our condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues, to the weavers of dreams, to the practitioners of compassion, the pursuers of peace, and the seekers of justice, to all who grieve at his death.

Nelson Mandela’s steadfast pursuit of justice, his enduring commitment to South Africa and all its people, his understanding of the possibilities opened by forgiveness, and his willingness to look beyond what is to what could be touched and awed and inspired people around the world.

May we follow in his footsteps.

The photo shows Nelson Mandela, President of the Republic of South Africa, addressing the fifty-third session of the United Nations General Assembly. Photo by UN Photo/Greg Kinch.

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