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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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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Five books that will change you in 2015

Five books that will change you in 2015

You will remain the same person except for the people you interact with and the books you read. Or so my friend’s dad challenged me. This has proven to be massively influential in my life – our character is shaped by what we expose ourselves to. I can confidently say that my perspective on the world has been shaped by incredible people (whom I didn’t always agree with) and challenging books. So, I want to share a few of the books that have informed my …

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When two worlds collide…

When two worlds collide…

It was never going to be easy. That is, taking a group of people from a relatively privileged place and partnering them with others living with the challenges of poverty and lack in Vrygrond, an impoverished community just outside Constantiaberg.

First, however, let me give you some background to what I’m talking about: Champions for the Children, Common Good’s Early Childhood Development pilot programme – a programme aimed at providing relational, emotional and informational support around the development of babies and young children and increase the …

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How life changes after adoption

How life changes after adoption

Two years ago my husband and I adopted our daughter Rachel. While our journey is, like all adoption stories, unique and significant to us (you can read about it here), this post is instead about our life since Rachel became part of our family.

The big question many often want to know is how exactly has life changed since the adoption? The answer is surprising, even to me: from the other side, adoption is normal, it’s every day, and I don’t see the difference.

Before we adopted there where so many questions floating through our …

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14 Things to do on Heritage Day 2014

14 Things to do on Heritage Day 2014

Did you know that Heritage Day aka ‘Braai Day’ almost never happend? Yes, 24 September wasn’t included in the list of new proposed public holidays in a post-Apartheid South Africa.

How, then, did we end up with this holiday?

It all began in a pre-democratic KwaZulu-Natal (back then only known as ‘Natal’), when ‘Shaka Day’, which commemorated the legendary King Shaka Zulu, took place on 24 September. However, in 1996, when the new, democratic Public Holiday Bill had to be voted in, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) objected because ‘Shaka Day’ had …

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Heritage Day: What’s a Braai gotta do with it?

Heritage Day: What’s a Braai gotta do with it?

As 24 September draws near and the typical wood versus briquette debate “flames up” (again), I’ve had many musings ahead of the celebrations: Why is the day important to us? What should we be doing? What is our “heritage”? Why does it even matter?

I found myself perplexed with one question in particular that, perhaps, is one of the simplest and  at the same time most head-scratching-it’s-so-simple-it’s-not-simple questions: “But what is Heritage Day actually all about?”

The answer? “Well it’s about heritage… or something.” This was one of the …

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4 Lessons on Diversity I learned from watching The Lego Movie

4 Lessons on Diversity I learned from watching The Lego Movie

It’s been a time for deep introspection for many at Common Ground over these last few weeks as we’ve grappled with the Diversity series. If some of the other blog posts are anything to go by, it also hasn’t been easy.

Recently at Small Group we discussed with great fervor the different viewpoints around Diversity and also our, as the Church’s, role in this in reality. It was a great time, I came away challenged and excited for the future. (As a quick side-note, Small Groups …

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