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Bishop Jefferts Schori on Zimbabwe

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, issued a statement May 6 on the political and humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe. The full text of the Presiding Bishop’s original statement follows:

Together with millions of people around the world, my heart has been drawn in recent months to the political and humanitarian crisis unfolding in Zimbabwe. The tragedy of that nation’s descent into internal chaos is magnified by the high sense of purpose and prosperity that a newly independent Zimbabwe brought to Africa and the world nearly three decades ago. Sadly, Robert Mugabe’s government has undermined that promise beyond recognition with its systematic repression of human rights, democracy, and economic opportunity for the people of Zimbabwe. The turmoil in the wake of Zimbabwe’s recent elections signals an urgent need for governments and other leaders in the international community to stand in solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe, and call for an end to this long hour of human suffering and the beginning of a new era of promise and opportunity. (more…)

May 7, 2008 at 9:49 pm Leave a comment

Pre-election voices from Zimbabwe

“I am giving you an order to vote for President Mugabe; I will only support the leadership of President Mugabe, I will not salute Makoni or Tsvangirai. We still remember the blood and the graves of our gallant sons and daughters who died for this country, and we shall not sell them out.” General Constantine Chiwenga, Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces. (more…)

March 13, 2008 at 3:23 am 2 comments

South Africa’s Proposed Pledge of Allegiance

“We the youth of South Africa
Recognising the injustices of our past,
Honour those who suffered and sacrificed for justice and freedom.
We will respect and protect the dignity of each person,
And stand up for justice.
We sincerely declare that we shall uphold the rights and values of our Constitution
And promise to act in accordance with the duties and responsibilities
that flow from these rights.
! KE E: / XARRA // KE
Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika

There is something unnerving about putting social ideals into words, especially when it’s about a country with a fairly fresh memory of an uneven and divided history. South Africa’s proposed Pledge of Allegiance, intended to be memorized and recited by millions of school children throughout the Republic, has caused a national debate over identity, inclusion and guilt. (more…)

March 12, 2008 at 9:33 pm Leave a comment

Simba Makoni talks with Redi Direko

Last Monday Simba Makoni, Zimbabwean presidential candidate, interviewed with Redi Direko on South Africa’s talk radio 702 via telephone. The tension-filled interview gets off to a rough start which, unfortunately, sets the tone for the remainder of the program. It’s a pity that Ms. Direko adopts and maintains a confrontational interview style, and a greater pity that Dr. Makoni appears reactionary throughout. Personality dynamics aside, it’s worth listening to, though, as Dr. Makoni explains why he is not “standing against Mugabe, but standing for the people of Zimbabwe.” Listen to the entire broadcast here to form your own opinons about Dr. Makoni’s ideas on, among other things, national healing and reconciliation.

February 28, 2008 at 1:32 am 4 comments

An Apology to Africa

African SlaveryBishop Catherine Roskam delivered this apology to Africa during a Service of Liberation at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Sunday January 13th 2008:

I am sorry, Africa.

Of all the places we have exploited-and we have exploited many – it is only from you that we have also stolen the people.

I am sorry that we took your people and held them in bondage for centuries, a holocaust of perhaps twenty million souls.

Africa, we transported your children in conditions unfit for any living creature. When they became sick or died, we threw them overboard, like so much unwanted ballast. Those that completed the excruciating journey, we sold like cattle, auctioning them off to the highest bidder. (more…)

February 17, 2008 at 11:40 pm 5 comments

Lent goes Green

+Richard ChartresFor our waste and pollution of your creation, and our lack of concern for those who come after us,
Accept our repentance, Lord.

Two senior Church of England bishops called on Tuesday for Britons to cut back on carbon, rather than the more traditional chocolate and alcohol, for the Christian period of Lent this year.

The Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, and Bishop of Liverpool, James Jones, have teamed up with aid agency Tearfund to invite the public to take part in a “carbon fast” for the next 40 days.

During Lent, which starts on Wednesday and lasts until Easter, Christians are supposed to fast and pray. In the bishops’ green drive, those taking part can choose how they reduce their carbon footprint on a daily basis. (more…)

February 6, 2008 at 10:14 pm 1 comment

++Desmond Tutu kry ’n kil ontvangs in Kenia

imgp4954.jpgFoto: Blane (Tutu Center, New York 2007)

Emeritus aartsbiskop ++Desmond Tutu het hier kort ná sy aankoms in die geweldgeteisterde land die koue skouer van die Keniaanse regering gekry, wat hom bloot as ’n toeris beskryf het omdat hy nie genooi is nie.

Dié koue ontvangs vir Tutu, wat ’n afvaardiging van besorgde Afrika-kerkleiers sou lei, het ook pres. John Kufuor van Ghana, voorsitter van die Afrika-unie (AU), in sy spore laat omdraai toe hy sy beoogde besoek laat vaar het.


Terselfdertyd was oudpres. Ahmed Tejan Kabbah van Sierra Leone, wat deur premier Gordon Brown van Brittanje as bemiddelaar voorgestel is en hoof van die Statebond se verkiesingswaarnemerspan was, gister op ’n vlug uit Nairobi nadat hy ingelig is oor pres. Mwai Kibaki se standpunt jeens buitelandse bemiddeling in die Oos-Afrika-staat se ergste krisis in ’n kwarteeu. Lyke in sommige strate in Nairobi was gister die stille getuienis terwyl die polisie en die anti-regeringsoproeriges slaags gebly het.

Tutu het wel met die verslane opposisieleier, mnr. Raila Odinga, vergader. Ontleders meen die land se skielike spiraal na chaos skaad Afrika se demokratiseringsproses.

“Die prentjie van Kenia as ’n model vir stabiliteit is flenters,” het Tutu gesê. (more…)

January 7, 2008 at 2:32 am 1 comment

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