15 Signs you have a heart for social justice

15 Signs you have a heart for social justice

Welcome to 2015! Last year was a tremendously exciting and positive year at Common Good, but this year we want to make an even greater impact. And we need your help to do so!

But perhaps you’re thinking, ‘I’m not sure this social justice is my thing!’ Maybe you’re wondering ‘How do I know I’m the right person to get involved?’ Or perhaps you’re asking, ‘Should I get involved this year again?’

Well, hopefully these 15 signs will help clarify things and help you identify (or remind you of) your heart for …

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This is not a fairy tale story

This is not a fairy tale story

This is a REAL MAN story.

He’s all shy. His black Polo is parked nearby; he’s just come from his new job as a land surveyor. Only when he’s pressed will he admit that he put his cousin through accounting (she now works at KPMG) and his sister through two years of UCT.

Meet Shaun Sijeqe

This REAL MAN is so humble and God-honouring in his success, and I’m so glad that I had met his family ten years ago. It’s not an everyday family – it’s made up …

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Who is your REAL MAN?

Who is your REAL MAN?

What is a real man?

REAL MAN /rɪəl/ /mæn/ (plural men): a true and not pretended, not false, used to emphasize the noun…adult male human.

That’s what a dictionary would say but, if we think about it, we all have a different definition of a real man. A real man can grow a mo in a month. He drives something he’s proud of. He could Jujitsu his way out of a fight. And he knows the difference between a beer and a pale ale at twenty paces.

Or is it …

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“I couldn’t afford my children’s school fees”

“I couldn’t afford my children’s school fees”

Over 254 students have already graduated from NETwork’s Job Readiness programme this year! We asked four graduates to share how the course has changed their lives…

The teachers show so much love and care

“Before I came to NETwork, I was an ignorant person thinking I was doing the best, but I was actually destroying my future. NETwork helped me in all my situations and is still doing more and more for me. They taught me how to manage my expenses and I learned how to ‘stand up’ in …

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16 Things only volunteers will understand

16 Things only volunteers will understand

1. When you’re asked to fix something with a power tool, and you do.

2. When everything is running on time.

3. When you share your experience with someone and they ask if they can volunteer too.

4. When someone thinks they know all about an issue just because they saw a Brad Pitt documentary.

5. When you have to get up early on a Saturday morning to volunteer.

6. 30 minutes after arriving to volunteer.

7. Six hours after volunteering.

8. When only half the people who had signed up to volunteer, …

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3 Surprising things to give to those without homes

3 Surprising things to give to those without homes

Last night, our small group gathered with hot chocolate in hand and fires blazing to do a mini-Warm Up Winter sort.

We each brought a few items of good quality clothing to sort into parcels to give to people and organisations we know who are in need of warm clothing this winter.

It was a fun thing to do together, but it was also really challenging as we shared stories about who the clothing was going to bless.

My husband spoke about the friendship he’s built with a …

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Why EEE?

Why EEE?

83%. Four out of five people. That’s how many Christ followers in Common Ground Church believe that doing justice is normative Christianity. This is a stat that has caused the Common Good team to pause – for just a moment – and smile. For the past few years the Common Good team have worked with leaders to ensure that doing justice is not outsourced to a few paid professionals. We are passionate about seeing every Christ follower inspired, equipped and discipled to follow Jesus in …

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TWD: What to do, Where to be and When

TWD: What to do, Where to be and When

If you haven’t already signed up for a TWD challenge, you’re in luck! There are still loads of events taking place where you can show up (with cash, of course) to take part, or watch from a safe distance if you’ve a sprained ankle, or, erm, have another really, really good reason

Here’s a schedule of some of these events. The name’s should be enough to intrigue further investigation, surely? Click on the Project name for more info!

TIMEPROJECT

6am – 11:30amYellow Breakfast on Lion’s Head

6:30amTour de …

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TWD: Meet our top 3 fundraisers so far

TWD: Meet our top 3 fundraisers so far

We know its not about ‘winning’ but a little bit of healthy competition never hurt anyone, did it? With only four days to go, here are our current fundraising forerunners. Who’s feeling competitive?

1st Place: Jon Sherry

Current total raised: R6400
Goal: R10 000
Project: Paint the City TWD

On Sunday, Jon paddled, ran and cycled a 60km outline of the giant TWD logo! Think through that for a moment. Now be impressed.

SUPPORT JON!

2nd Place: Sam Campbell

Current total raised: R4500
Goal: R10 000
Project: Paddle for the People

Sam is going to …

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TWD: How to avoid a case of FOMO

TWD: How to avoid a case of FOMO

TWD is only eight days away but don’t panic if you haven’t gotten involved yet. Actually, wait, we take that back – do panic! But panic in the best way possible by signing up as an activist today or by donating to support one (or a few) of the TWD challenges.

And then you can relax knowing you’re not going to miss out on the biggest fundraising event of the year. (We haven’t done any research on that statement but we’re pretty confident.)

Here are a few …

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