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What Can Mandela's Jail Cell Teach Us About Leadership?
Originally Posted: 10/30/2014 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

I believe that Nelson Mandela was the greatest political leader of the 20th century — because of his 27 years of spiritual formation in prison. Visiting Mandela’s jail cell on Robben Island was the most emotio ...

Finding Hope in South Africa
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis I eagerly await to see where the "rainbow generation" will take South Africa.  SOUTH AFR ...

A Tribute to Mandela
Originally Posted: 01/09/2014 - 9:24am | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill These magazine articles and blog posts published by Sojourners through the years pay tribute to the great South African ...

Profiles in Courage
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice "When someone is faced with a gun and chooses to respond with respect and love, that's hope." ...

A Prayer for Mandela
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis We give thanks for how he turned righteous anger into the power of reconciliation. NELSON MANDELA ...

Five Spiritual Resolutions for 2014: What Elders, Suffering, and Loss Have Taught Me About the Gospel
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

This past year taught me so much about the gospel and caused me to go deeper into my faith. As this new year begins, here are five spiritual resolutions I learned from last year. ...

National Cathedral Bids a Warm, Prayerful Goodbye to Nelson Mandela
Originally Posted: 12/12/2013 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Joe Biden was a young senator from Delaware when he was first exposed to the evils of apartheid. As the only white lawmaker in a congressional delegation to South Africa, he resisted security officers who trie ...

Remembering the Greatest Political Leader of the 20th Century: Nelson Mandela
Originally Posted: 12/12/2013 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

Today I had the great honor of saying a prayer at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, the most important political leader of the 20th century. Today I had the great honor of ...

Immigration Reform: It Ain't Over Until God Says It's Done
Originally Posted: 12/12/2013 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

Saying an opening prayer at the Nelson Mandela Memorial Service on Wednesday, in Washington, D.C. was both an honor and a blessing for me. The theme of the homily, by my good friend Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak, was ...

How Much of Christ Can We Stand in Christmas?
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

It’s time for Christ in Christmas. Time for new life, time for hope, time for the faithful to say yes to God. Time for peace, not war. Time for repentance, not comfort at any cost. Time for justice and mercy a ...

Stop Comparing Mandela to Jesus, British Journalist Says
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

Few would deny Nelson Mandela’s greatness, but one of Britain’s best-known journalists, Dominic Lawson, has taken the media to task for comparing South Africa’s first black president to Jesus. ...

On Being a Child of the Freedom Struggles
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 11:59am | Type: Blog

The African National Congress and the South African church movement were calling for divestment and sanctions against the South African apartheid regime — even though it would but additional burdens on ordinar ...

Shaped by Methodists, Mandela Paid Tribute to Role of Religion
Originally Posted: 12/06/2013 - 4:53pm | Type: Blog

Nelson Mandela, the former South African president who died Thursday, had a deep connection with religious institutions. Nelson Mandela, the former South African president who die ...

'A Man Who Has Done His Duty'
Originally Posted: 12/06/2013 - 12:59pm | Type: Blog

Nelson Mandela lived for and achieved democracy. What, we should ask ourselves, is our duty on earth? When he was asked how he would like to be remembered, former president Nelson ...

Nelson Mandela and the Power of Elders
Originally Posted: 12/06/2013 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

While unusual to found an organization at age 89, even more unusual is founding an organization with the purpose of saving the world at the end of one’s ninth decade. Nelson Mandela never lost hope. ...

'The Most Important Political Leader of the 20th Century': Jim Wallis on the Life of Nelson Mandela
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 6:06pm | Type: Blog

In response to the passing of Nelson Mandela, Jim Wallis, President of Sojourners, issued the following statement. In response to the passing of Nelson Mandela, Jim Wallis, Presid ...

On Scripture: From Egypt to South Africa, We Are Each Other’s Keepers
Originally Posted: 08/19/2013 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

Nelson Mandela, the first democratically elected president of South Africa, has been in the hospital for over two months. Nearly twenty years after his election South Africa remains, despite a myriad of troubl ...

The Party of No Compromise
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice GOP attempts to circumvent the health-care law range from the inane to downright bullying. I SPENT M ...

Mandela, Martin, and Ubuntu
Originally Posted: 07/19/2013 - 8:44am | Type: Blog

What better way to honor Nelson Mandela on his 95th birthday today than to reflect on his concept of Ubuntu? Ubuntu, a word from the Bantu languages of southern Africa — roughly translated “I am because we are ...

Mandela Said to Be ‘Steadily Improving’ on 95th Birthday
Originally Posted: 07/18/2013 - 1:48pm | Type: Blog

Nelson Mandela turned 95-years-old today and in honor of his parity work throughout South Africa, people of all races are joining together and celebrating his legacy in the form of song and offerings. ...

Meeting Madiba — An Unlikely Encounter with Nelson Mandela
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

In 1994, during Bill Clinton’s presidency, I had the honor of meeting President Nelson Mandela in a most unexpected way — just two months after his April inauguration as the first democratically-elected Presid ...

Why I Love My Country
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 3:04pm | Type: Press

July 3, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Why I Love My Country
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

I don’t love when my country acts out of greed and only for power, or with blatant hypocrisy, or like an empire. The gospel has never lived easily with empire. What do I love ab ...

Speculation About Mandela’s Fate Seen as Cultural Taboo
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

Will native son and national hero Nelson Mandela survive his latest bout with illness? That is the single question dominating headlines, speeches, twitter, and conversation throughout South Africa. ...

Stars Align on South Africa Human Rights Day
Originally Posted: 03/22/2013 - 9:29am | Type: Blog

There is visceral identification by South Africans with the suffering of the Palestinians. Having achieved our freedom we can fall into the trap of washing our hands of difficu ...

Mandela: An Audio History
Originally Posted: 07/18/2012 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

This award-winning series was produced by the audio collective at Radio Diaries and was broadcast on NPR in 2004. In Mandela: An Audio History , the voices of activists ...

Happy Mandela Day: Madiba, Ubuntu and Vertigo
Originally Posted: 07/18/2012 - 2:06pm | Type: Blog

Ubuntu. It was the secret of how Mandela reconciled his people to the violent criminals of their cruel white oppressors in post-apartheid South Africa. Co-existence was vital, not only to the peace of the nati ...

Historic Meeting Held in Cape Town – Kairos SA & ANC
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

On the 2012 Centenary Celebrations of the African National Congress, the Kairos Southern Africa theologians have released, “A Word to the ANC in These Times," calling attention to the “certain contradicti ...

Michelle Obama and the Women of South Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Places and spaces become holy because they are locations where the human and the divine meet. Places and spaces become holy because they are locations where the human and the divi ...

How Should Christians Respond to Uprisings in the Arab World?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Egypt-Solidarity-Rally-in/15817757_mcbiZ#1180102181_Mup8Q" target="_blank"></a>After decades of repressio ...

Opportunity Missed in the U.N. Veto of the Israel Settlement's Resolution
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama's decision to veto the February 18 U.N. President Barack Obama's decision to veto the February 18 U.N. Resolution calling Israel to account for it ...

Prayer of the Day: Work for change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In the strength of your spirit and inspired by your compassion, we make this promise to work for change which empowers the forgotten. In the strength of your spirit and inspired b ...

Why Does a Yemeni Woman Have Pictures of Gandhi, King, and Mandela?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As I read <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/14/AR2011021406586.html" target="_blank">Sudarsan Raghavan</a>'s <em>Washington Post ...

When is Nationalism Healthy?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100215-invictus.jpg"></a>I watched the film <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1057500/" target="_blank">Invictu ...

The Man Who Shot Jimmie Lee Jackson, In His Own Words
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/11/16/the-man-who-shot-jimmie-lee-jackson-in-his-own-words/" target="_blank"></a>[Editors' Note: Former state trooper <a href ...

The Legacy of Martin Luther King: From 1963 to 2010
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100826_MLK.jpg"></a>[Editor's Note: In anticipation of the anniversary of the March on Washington on ...

Focusing World Cup Fever on South Africa's Fringe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I have committed my work, social action, and development endeavors to a social consciousness and awareness that propels a high standard of morality, ethics, and codes of conduct. ...

An Open Letter to the Emergent Church Movement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>article "<a href="http://www ...

Why Clint Eastwood Can be Trusted with Mandela (and Why Glenn Beck Can't be Trusted with MLK)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It's that time of year again -- you know, when Clint Eastwood releases a trailer for a movie that looks fascinating and completely different from the last thing he did, and your trio of reactions ...

Dear President Obama (An Open Letter on Afghanistan)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I am a loyal supporter of your presidency. I worked hard in the campaign and have never been as proud of my country as I was when we elected you.</p> I am a loyal supporter ...

A Nobel Prayer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I got the first call at 6:30 a.m. I got the first call at 6:30 a.m. from a reporter: "What's your reaction to Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize?" "What?" ...

Truth and Reconciliation in Zimbabwe?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Last week the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) pledged to support the program on national healing in Zimbabwe. Last week the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) ...

Jimmy Carter's Stand on Women in Church Leadership
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>An autographed photo of Jimmy Carter sits on our piano. A friend of ours wrote to Carter and told him that he was one of our sons' favorite presidents, and would he please send them a signed phot ...

Celebrating Mandela's Birthday and Serving Zimbabwe's Children
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

On July 18<sup>th</sup> many people from different parts of the world celebrated Nelson Mandela's 91<sup>st</sup> birthday! On July 18 th many peop ...

'Greek Moments' in South Africa and Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

During my studies in theology, my colleagues and I jokingly referred to particularly difficult concepts or issues that we had a hard time understanding as "a Greek moment," or say "this is Gree ...

Let's Talk About Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Most of my life I have been thinking about race and religion -- as a child when my family left my native Costa Rica to move to inner-city New Jersey, as a teenager struggling to develop my faith an ...

Poem: Freedom's Lament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Freedom is on my mind. In the case of South Africa, political freedom was achieved almost 15 years ago. It was a freedom from the heresy of Apartheid. Freedom is on my mind. In th ...

What Change Can Tsvangirai Bring to Zimbabwe?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Feb. 11, 1990, marked the wondrous day that Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was released from prison. Feb. 11, 1990, marked the wondrous day that Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was released ...

Inauguration Journal: Scattered Thoughts Over Four Days of History
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It's a better country than I thought it was. I honestly wouldn't have thought this possible. I guess I would have agreed with the older generation of African Americans in my neighborhood: Th ...

Inaugural Week Meditation: So Happy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I'm 52, and I've had a great first half-century of life (and am looking forward to the next). But this inaugural week I feel an extraordinary happiness. Younger people can understand it to a ...