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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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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Listening To Our Nation

Listening To Our Nation

There is a seemingly obscure verse in the Old Testament, referencing a group in David’s army.  It says that the sons of Issachar were “men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do…” (1 Chronicles 12:32).  This is a powerful and relevant principle for the church today.  Christ-followers should be those who understand the times, with knowledge of what the church should do.  And it is grappling with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper (or internet!) in the other that will ensure that the church …

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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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From Prada to Poverty – My journey with language

From Prada to Poverty – My journey with language

I’ll never forget the phone call. I’d got the job. The job I’d been praying about for months. I felt a weight lift off my shoulders. After three years, I would be leaving the world of magazine publishing for a role in communications at a non-profit organisation. Goodbye high-heels, celebrity gossip, and deadline drama.

What I didn’t realise in that moment is that my new job would mean adopting an entirely new vocabulary. The words I’d used to describe the aspirational world of fashion and beauty …

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