SOUTH AFRICA

These are some of the recent posts that i and others have made to hopefully challenge and encourage and educate you as you try and figure out how to do life better in South Africa. Please feel free to share any of these posts that are helpful with people you think it might help to take one more step towards…

All Lives Smatter – a collection of thoughts about race, painting all people with the same brush and the need for whites to engage with whites

All White Lives Matter – a “Black Lives Matter for Dummies” kind of post

Ask before you leap [to conclusions] – a post looking at how we engage when we engage with others on race

8 Steps to help me become a better ally of my friends of colour – a short but helpful reminder

But pity the mutants – a painful look at how white people are able to feel more empathy for fictional characters and pets than black people

Entitlement with an “i” – a brief glimpse into the problem of entitlement in our country

If I were white, I’d have been able to breathe – guest post by Thandi Nkomo

She turned to me and asked me if being an Umlungu was something i enjoyed.

The Better Black – guest post by Thandi Nkomo

The queen, my dad, and Sarafina – guest post by Thandi Nkomo

Ways in which white people are better than black people [part I] – a very short post.

Ways in which white people aren’t better than black people [part II] – a more wordier post.

When someone with an African name gives you their “easier” English name.

When the offence is that you’re offended – looking a little deeper into entitlement in South Africa.

It’s time to be on the lookout for the fruit of the Angus Buchan prayer time

By | April 25th, 2017|Categories: God stuff, South Africa, things to wrestle with, thorts of other people, what i am reading|Tags: , , |

On Saturday 22 April, 2017, a million South Africans met in Bloemfontein to pray for South Africa. Or three hundred thousand. Or closer to 2 million. Depending who you ask. People of all races, ages [...]

To pray or not to pray: thoughts on an Angus Buchan prayer meeting

By | April 22nd, 2017|Categories: activities, God stuff, South Africa, things to wrestle with, thorts of other people|Tags: , , , , |

"If my people pray... then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land." [2 Chronicles 7.14 beginning and end] Wow. This feels a little bit like a dejavu flashback or [...]

If you think you’re ‘woke’ you’re not.

By | April 19th, 2017|Categories: race vibes, South Africa, things to wrestle with, thorts of other people|Tags: , , , , |

i can't stand the term 'woke'. But i get the meaning behind it and sometimes we need to use words we don't like, simply because that's is how the majority of people will understand what [...]

Deep Dive your way to deeper relationship.

By | April 18th, 2017|Categories: activities, inspire-ations, South Africa, things to wrestle with|Tags: , , |

Last night we hosted our second Deep Dive Dinner Conversation in Durban. While Saturday's was a group of all white people chatting about Identity as a white person in South Africa, last night was a [...]

Anatomy of a march

By | April 12th, 2017|Categories: activities, reflections, South Africa, things to wrestle with, what i am watching|Tags: , , , |

This follows on from 'South Africa - the week that followed: Where to from here?' so if you didn't read that maybe start there. BEWARE THE IDEAS OF MARCH For all those of you who marched [...]

South Africa – the week that followed: Where to from here?

By | April 12th, 2017|Categories: activities, reflections, South Africa, things to wrestle with, tricky things|Tags: , , , , |

South Africa, how are we doing? How is Justice being fought for this week? It's been a week since a bunch of you wore black in protest. It's been a couple of days since a [...]

Having received your marching hors d’oeuvre…

By | April 10th, 2017|Categories: activities, inspire-ations, South Africa, things to wrestle with|Tags: , , , , , , , |

If this last week was the first time you ever did anything in terms of protest then THAT IS AMAZING. Well done. Good for you. That's really great. At the same time it is very [...]

Post-Marchem: Reflections after the #AntiZumaMarch

By | April 8th, 2017|Categories: South Africa, things to wrestle with, thorts of other people, what i am reading, what i am watching|Tags: , , , , , |

i have to go out quite early today, so not going to be able to compile as much as i would hope, but maybe tomorrow there will be a part II. Yesterday there was a [...]

To March or not to March [and the answer is Yes!]

By | April 6th, 2017|Categories: activities, challenging thorts, positive ideas for change, South Africa, things to wrestle with|Tags: , |

This started out as a Facebook status but got a little long: A bunch of people have been asking me what they should do tomorrow or for advice on what to do and let me [...]

#BlackMonday review: Wear black if you want, but also don’t.

By | April 4th, 2017|Categories: pain and Hope, positive ideas for change, South Africa, things to wrestle with, thorts of other people, what i am reading|Tags: , |

So #BlackMonday was a thing. For anyone who missed it, i wrote a post during the day collating a lot of the stuff i shared and read which i titled: Bleak Monday: Studios were touched [...]

Bleak Monday: Studios were touched

By | April 3rd, 2017|Categories: pain and Hope, South Africa, things to wrestle with, thorts of other people, what i am reading|Tags: , , |

Some thoughts linked to #BlackMonday that took place in South Africa this past week... i imagine an up market coffee shop somewhere in the heart of Cape Town where black clothed wearing upper class people [...]

The Justice Conference: The humility of leaders.

By | March 29th, 2017|Categories: church, inspire-ations, South Africa, things to wrestle with|Tags: , , , , |

The word 'Redress' was not there by accident... i have been sharing some thoughts about The Justice Conference that recently happened in Cape Town with almost 1000 participants and 60 plus contributors from all over [...]