Posts Categorized: South Africa

Happy Birthday, Nelson Mandela

by Willa Van Camp Nelson Mandela Day is celebrated every year on July 18, Nelson Mandela’s birthday. Today, July 24, there was celebration of the day which included the awarding of the inaugural Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize. The prize was awarded to two laureates who have each embodied the values of Mandela in their life… Read more »

A Ministry of Presence

Reflections from the Peacemaking Travel Study Seminar to South Africa Listening to and hearing voices that may otherwise be unheard is the experience of those who are called to ministry. Often those voices end up beating in our eardrums and actually touching our own hearts and we too are transformed in our listening and hearing…. Read more »

Apartheid May Belong in a Museum, but its Ramifications Persist

The Peacemaking Program’s Travel Study Seminar to South Africa The following was written on Friday, November 7 while in Johannesburg, South Africa A system, Apartheid, had a nation divided black from white.  Nelson Mandela, a hero for freedom and forgiveness, draws me from the largest city in the United States to the largest in South… Read more »

Signs of Hope in a Nation Still Healing from Brokenness

Reflections from the Peacemaking Travel Study Seminar to South Africa Following the end of Apartheid and the election of Nelson Mandela as President in 1994, South Africa established a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The TRC was a unique three-part Commission with a mandate “to establish a complete picture of the apartheid past (1948-1994), to facilitate… Read more »

In South Africa the Struggle Continues

Reflections on the Khulumani Support Group for Apartheid Victims and Survivors This painting is one of dozens produced as part of an art therapy process undertaken by the Khulumani Support Group, a South African network of Apartheid survivors and victims. Khulumani works on behalf of those forgotten by the official South African reconciliation process, both… Read more »

Peacemaking Travel Study Seminar to South Africa

Exploring Hope and Reconciliation Twenty Years After Apartheid November 3rd, the day many of us traveled to Johannesburg.  We are twelve and while not the originals we are disciples.  Jesus said, “Come, follow me” to the disciples and in the next chapter taught, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” (Mt 5:9a).  As called children of God we… Read more »

Giving thanks for Nelson Mandela

The 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… Read more »

Nelson Mandela International Day: Take Action! Inspire Change

On 18 July, you are invited to give 67 minutes to help others as a way to celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day. This year brings Nelson Mandela‘s 94th birthday. To mark the occasion, the UN joins a call by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to devote 67 minutes of time to helping others. For 67 years… Read more »

Churches mark anniversary of statement calling racism a sin

World Communion of Reformed ChurchesNews Release 26 September 2011 Churches today are marking the 25th anniversary of a declaration that racism is a sin. The declaration known as the Belhar Confession was adopted by the Dutch Reformed Mission Church in South Africa on 26 September 1986. The confession, issued in the context of the anti-apartheid movement… Read more »