Thoughts on Ubuntu: Are We Really All Connected?

A few years ago, I read 'No Future Without Forgiveness' by Desmond Tutu which talks about the process of reconciliation and healing after apartheid in South Africa. As I read it, I became immediately fascinated by this concept of ubuntu which seems to be a pivotal component in South Africa's road to recovery. Here is …

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Victimhood: Are You a Card Carrying Member?

I recently wrote about the relationship between the oppressed and the perpetrators, sharing that those who have been oppressed have to be willing to surrender their notions of being a victim in order for true reconciliation and healing to be achieved. But why in the world would people who have experienced such injustice want to do that? …

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The Cost of Reconciliation: Adding Insult to Injury

A few days ago, I posted a blog post asking for some feedback about some thoughts I had on reconciliation. Christena Cleveland, a fellow blogger and Twin Citan (go Twin Cities!) tweeted this: I agree with Christena in that reconciliation does involve a great amount of risk and vulnerability on the part of those who …

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Exploring Communion as a Means of Reconciliation

Apartheid is a form of racial segregation that affected South Africa for decades. Most effective during the period of 1948 and 1982, the Nationalist party’s aim was to divide the country into separate states based on race. Undeniably, these actions led to many fiscal and economic disparities in the black parts of the country. Places …

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A Third Great Awakening?

I have a confession to make. I was not always interested in social justice and reconciliation. As a matter of fact, at one point I could care less about it. It was not because I thought feeding the poor and relieving their plight was a bad idea; but in all honesty the whole idea of …

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If God Cares

Lately I have been reading through the book of Matthew in the New Testament of the Bible. In one of my readings, I stumbled across this verse: "Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor gather into barns and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of much more value …

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