Privilege: A Societal Injustice

Privilege: A Societal Injustice

 

This is the first of three consecutive blog posts by Roger Warr,a member of Common Ground Church Rondebosch. It forms part of a series that reflects on comments made by students during recent protest action at South African university campuses.

Question: Which issue raised over the past year do you think was most pressing/important, and why?

Student Answer: “Privilege is a topic that has been debated extensively over the past year. It’s a multi-faceted issue which encompasses race, gender, nationality, religion and others, which all intersect and …

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Humble Ownership Enables Reformation

Humble Ownership Enables Reformation

It is too easy in life to ignore problems, or to blame somebody else or a system for them. If we are going to move forward and become truly united as a people, we will all need to be humble and be open to correction, because we all need correcting. We will need to love people as if they are more important than ourselves, and be discontent with the social norm where it marginalises people. This means that if I believe that somebody who has …

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Complexity within Reconciliation

Complexity within Reconciliation

2015 was an incredible and pivotal year in the history of South Africa. It was a year where it became very apparent that there is indeed power and influence in a collective effort that is united around a common cause. In this year it was announced that the fees of most tertiary education institutions in South Africa were going to increase by more than 10%, nearly double the inflation rate. This announcement, was the catalyst that resulted in students coming together to stand against the …

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Responding to Racial Oppression

Responding to Racial Oppression

As a young, educated, black male living in Cape Town – and actively involved in the church – I feel moved to address what is currently a heated subject in our country. I’d also like to act as a voice piece on behalf of some of the students at our campuses. My hope is that what I share here will challenge the views you hold and influence your thinking.

What is my personal reality? I’m a young black figure in the creative public eye – something …

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Thinking, Speaking and Acting in Light of Eternity – Part 2

Thinking, Speaking and Acting in Light of Eternity – Part 2

This is the second post in a two-part blog that responds to a student’s comments about Fees Must Fall protests on university campuses.

In the first post, I discussed the need for humility when we engage with contentious topics (or anything in life for that matter).  We looked at what a biblical response would be and considered the fact that, on the last day, we as individuals (not groups or movements) will stand before God and have to give an account for our actions. Now I …

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Thinking, Speaking and Acting in Light of Eternity – Part 1

Thinking, Speaking and Acting in Light of Eternity – Part 1

In response to recent upheavals on university campuses around the country, the Common Good Foundation interviewed a diverse group of students to better understand their varied perspectives, beliefs and feelings about current events in South Africa’s tertiary education space. As a Common Ground Church students’ ministry leader, and someone who spends a lot of time on campus, I was asked to comment on some of the statements that emerged from the survey. I have picked one that stood out to me and will …

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“he has anointed me to proclaim good news…”

“he has anointed me to proclaim good news…”

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Luke 4:18-19 (NIV)

In His ministry, Jesus taught about the Kingdom which He came to initiate, establish and draw people into: a Kingdom where justice ultimately prevails. On this Sabbath day, within the synagogue of Nazareth, Jesus shows how He …

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ECD Graduation – Filled with Appreciation and Hope

ECD Graduation – Filled with Appreciation and Hope

Common Good recently celebrated nine mothers who completed the Early Childhood Development programme run at True North in Vrygrond. Judging by the smile on their beautiful faces much has changed over the past few weeks.

“Because of the ECD programme, I was able to let go of the hard-hearted, uncaring and angry person I had become. I began to realise what it meant to love my family, to set goals for myself and to ultimately come to know who God is. I now see potential …

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Hearing the Voice of our Students

Hearing the Voice of our Students

On 16 June 2016, it will be exactly 40 years since the Soweto uprising. On that early winter morning, between 10 000 – 20 000 high school students protested and encountered large scale police brutality. Many would lose their lives before the day ended.

 
Why were the high school students protesting?
There were many justifiable reasons for protest action. The policies of Apartheid had subjected the majority of South Africans to second class citizenship across a large range of areas. In 1974, it was further legislated that …

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Lighting a Candle

Lighting a Candle

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

At first glance this verse from Jeremiah appears to be a very encouraging word from God and is often quoted to those facing trials. However, when you look at it in context you soon realise that what God was asking of the Jewish nation was extremely challenging given the circumstance they found themselves …

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