Nelson Mandela was “the most important political leader of the 20th century,” writes Jim Wallis in “A Prayer for Mandela ” in the February 2014 issue of Sojourners magazine. Following Mandela’s death on December 5, 2013, the world has stopped to reflect on the life of a man who dedicated himself to justice and reconciliation despite decades of imprisonment to a brutal apartheid.
These magazine articles and blog posts published by Sojourners through the years pay tribute to the great South African leader.
Sojourners magazine articles:
- In the Wake of A Miracle (November-December 2003)
Linda Martindale writes on “being ‘real Christians' in the post-apartheid era.
- South Africa: The Spirit of Reconciliation (July 1994)
Will Winterfield, an international church observer of Nelson Mandela’s presidential election, interviews Beyers Naudé—one of the first leading Afrikaners to oppose apartheid openly.
- The Miracle of South Africa (July 1994)
Jim Wallis writes that South Africa’s transformation means “never again can I say that hope is not a concrete reality.”
- With the Eyes of Christ (January-February 1998)
Joyce Hollyday writes that, “President Nelson Mandela modeled a rare forgiveness when he invited his jailer of 27 years to sit on the platform with him at his presidential inauguration.”
- Mandela: An Audio History (July 2012)
Joshua Witchger features an audio clip of a documentary about South Africa and Nelson Mandela
- Nelson Mandela and the Power of Elders (December 2013)
Margaret Benefiel writes that “Mandela exhibited courage and vision for a country that had feared a bloodbath in its transition to a post-apartheid society.