South Africans Teach Global Baptists about Truth, Reconciliation

July 27, 2015

With Baptists from around the world gathering in South Africa for the Baptist World Congress, part of the programming focus was on the nation's historic transition from a apartheid regime to a freer and more open society. During breakout sessions, several South Africans talked about the nation's Truth & Reconciliation Commission that Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu led. 


I wrote about the sessions on the TRC for EthicsDaily.com. The article, South Africans Teach Global Baptists about Truth, Reconciliation, includes comments from Frank Chikane, who as an anti-apartheid activist had been poisoned in an assassination attempt; Ruben Richards, who served as executive secretary of the TRC; Louis Kretzschmar, a Baptist who teaches theological ethics at the University of South Africa in Pretoria; and Kevin Roy, who teaches at the Baptist Theological College in Cape Town. 


It was particularly moving to hear from Chikane and his story of grappling with forgiveness, justice, and peace. A picture I took of Chikane ran with the article. You can see more photos from day 3 (Friday) here, which included a walk to check out the Indian Ocean.





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