A Light in Winter

By Emily Oppenheimer

As the coldness of winter sets in, I found a place that warms the hearts of the city. I ventured into a place with brightly coloured walls with a door that read “There’s a beautiful mess inside”. I assumed the sign was to let visitors know what to expect when entering these four walls, but I left realizing that sign was meant to be carried over each and every one of us. Life can feel overwhelming, chaotic, and simply messy at times, but …

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Three Wishes For A Princess (1 minute)

If you do one thing today, watch this moving clip captured by Richard Bolland from the Common Ground New Hope Street and Shelter Ministry team.

Here’s what this lady, who wishes to remain anonymous, had to say when asked what she would want if she had three wishes…

For more info on how to get involved in the street and shelter ministry, email info@commongood.org.za. You can also check out the Common Ground New Hope Facebook page here!

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Why I Volunteer – In Under 100 Words

Thinking of serving through Common Good this year? Here, five volunteers share with us a bit about why they chose to give their time and talents to serve through Common Good initiatives last year. 

Izandla Zethemba

“I think that realising my call to “live social justice” and responding to it by volunteering for Izandla Zethemba has been very fulfilling. Realising that even though I am volunteering to be an influence in the lives of the kids at IZ, I myself have learnt so much from them and …

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A Monday Blessing

May this Franciscan blessing encourage you during the week ahead. (We have it stuck to our office message board )

May God bless you with discomfort. Discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart. Amen.

May God bless you with anger. Anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace. Amen.

May God bless you with tears. Tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation …

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A Thank You Note from a Saturday School Student

Every Saturday, a group of volunteers goes to Litha Primary in Gugulethu to help teach maths to grade 6 and 7 students. Here’s what one of these students had to say…

What are you grateful for this year?

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5 Infographics We Heart

Getting informed about the facts of our world is so important if we are to respond effectively, but, and let’s be honest, statistics cause most of us to space out, right? That’s why we’re loving the new trend in infographics that provides information in a visually appealing way. Here are our current top 5:

1. The Impact of the Internet on Human Rights

2. Where is the Safest Place in the World for Women to Live and Work?

3. Education Levels Around the World

4. The Life of an …

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Mid-week round up

Photo courtesy of Cari Ann Wayman via Flickr.com

Thought the internet was only capable of dishing out celeb gossip and Tweets? Think again. We scoured cyber-space to find only the most inspiring, thought-provoking and encouraging news, photos and links out there… Enjoy!

Meet a Cape Town-based artist using wall murals to spread hope.

This is one sign we’d love to see on the streets of Cape Town.

Are you paying your domestic worker enough? Do the maths.

The danger of only telling a single story (video).

Some comedic relief.

Must-read: “I …

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A dose of inspiration

By Lindsay Carlin

Did you know that 1 in 4 people spend more time online than sleeping?  And recent studies show that the average person spends approximately 32 hours online every month!

As Christ-followers, we should be filling our time online with stimulating and uplifting material that stirs our hearts and minds towards Christ.  But how do we cut through the clutter?  How do we stay relevant in this day and age, yet still maintain the saltiness of Christ in our thoughts and …

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A time for stories

By Lindsay Carlin

Remember when your parents read stories to you as a child? If you’re anything like me, you probably couldn’t wait until story time. Should I choose “The Little Fur Family” or a Madeline book? Do I want to hear a heroic tale or something a bit more silly? Perhaps I’ll pick a long book so I can stay up extra late…

There is something enchanting in learning about the events and happenings of someone else’s life. I used to spend hours spilling over the …

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