Reconciliation and Nation-building in South Africa

“Where are the voices of moderation? Where are the people preaching reconciliation and nation-building? We can’t rely on Nelson Mandela or Desmond Tutu anymore. They won’t be around forever. When our children ask us in the future what we did to save South Africa, will we say, ‘Well, I wrote a bunch of angry comments […]

This is what Easter has to mean. Please pray for the Peace of South Africa

My heart is heavy this morning. It’s Easter morning. I know the Resurrection is real, because I know the power in my own life. But this morning, I need the Resurrection–and therefore the possibility of new life–to be real for the nation of South Africa. My heartland. I woke up to reading this post by […]

Remembering Robben Island: Journey into Forgiveness

I wrote this piece on Journey into Forgiveness two years ago. In the light of the recent Amahoro conference in South Africa, I am re-posting a slightly edited version here: South Africa is where my Story was born. I grew up in an all-white school with a rich heritage, but in those years I never […]

Three Choices: Offender, Forgiver or Distant Observer?

Yesterday, while entering into the story of the Prodigal Son through the latest Henri Nouwen book “Home Tonight: Further Reflections on the Parable of the Prodigal Son,” my heart took off to South Africa, the land of my birth, and my hopes for true reconciliation. It surprized me, at first. Why go there now, with […]