The Diocese of Atlanta, on behalf of Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation (EGR) will welcome Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane of Cape Town, South Africa, to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in downtown Atlanta on Friday, March 4, at 7 pm.
EGR is an emerging network of lay and ordained economists, business people, students, social organizers, theologians, attorneys, labor activists, and advocates committed to carrying out the following eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to reduce human suffering across the globe by the year 2015:
1) Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger;
2) Achieve universal primary education;
3) Promote gender equality and empower women;
4) Reduce child mortality;
5) Improve maternal health;
6) Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases;
7) Ensure environmental stability; and
8) Develop a global partnership for development.
Ndungane, Primate of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa (CPSA,) is a respected public speaker on international social justice issues. In October 2004, he helped launch the American chapter of the Micah Challenge, a global campaign to mobilize Christians in 100 countries in support of the MDGs.
His topic for the evening will be “A Reason for Hope: How one person, one family, one community can help change the world.” After Atlanta, Ndungane will visit St. Louis, Missouri, Birmingham, Alabama and Washington, D.C.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase Ndungane’s book, “A World with a Human Face: A Voice from Africa,” with proceeds supporting MDG-related efforts.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Rev. Canon Debbie Shew at 404-601-5320 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: The following titles are available from the Episcopal Book/Resource Center, 815 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017; 800-334-7626 or 212-716-6118 http://www.episcopalbookstore.org
To Read: A WORLD WITH A HUMAN FACE: A Voice from Africa by Njongonkulu Ndungane (London, England: SPCK Publishing, 2004; $19.00)
Apartheid has ended but the work of building a just society for all in South Africa has only just begun. The fall of apartheid was one of the most exciting events in recent history. The struggle against instutionalized injustice allowed heroes to come to the fore and brought great hope for the future. Njongonkulu Ndungane shared in that fight for freedom. Here, he talks of his youth under apartheid and of his imprisonment on Robben Island, where he was made to build the prison that would later house Nelson Mandela.
During his captivity, he came to realize that apartheid's end would not bring about a perfect society and that a new South Africa would need heroes of a different kind - those willing to challenge poverty. 'A World with a Human Face' is a call to South Africans and the international community to work together to overcome social injustice, adverse economic forces and the weight of history to build a just society fit for all.
Njongonkulu Ndungane is Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa.
To Read: CHRISTIANITY, POVERTY AND WEALTH: The findings of ‘Project 21’ by Michael Taylor (Geneva, Switzerland: WCC Publications, 2003; 98 pages; $16.00)
The study nicknamed ‘Project 21’ set out to clarify polices for the future. It asked questions about the nature and causes of poverty and wealth, their relation to the work and teachings of the churches, and what responses the churches should now be making.
Poor and rich communities, government officials, academics, non-governmental organizations, church leaders and the private sector in over 24 countries were involved. The findings, drawn together in this book, deliberately avoid the usual statistics and try to allow the voices of these people, especially poorer people, to come through.
Michael Taylor is director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue and professor of Social Theology at the University of Birmingham. He was formerly Director of Christian Aid in the UK.