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Mathematics or Mystery?

Serghay, Isobel and I were in Cape Town this week where Serghay was doing some painting at our flat. The two of us went to the local Rondebosch hardware store to buy a can of paint. While there we joined a lively discussion at the till about the now infamous painting of President Zuma. Involved were the Muslim lady behind the counter, a young black student and a middle-aged white man, together with some interested spectators and myself. I thought it was an intelligent conversation as we put our points of view and, in a friendly kind of way, debated the merits of each in turn.

Life and Faith move on

Some of you may have visited the Lake District in England and been to Dove Cottage where the famous romantic poet William Wordsworth once lived and wandered on the surrounding hills above Grasmere. One of his best known poems, Intimations of Immortality, recalls his early years wandering in those hills. He speaks of a time when

… meadow, grove, and stream,
The earth, and every common sight,
To me did seem
Apparelled in celestial light,
The glory and the freshness of a dream.

People like this give you hope: My South Africa is not the angry, corrupt, violent country whose deeds fill the front pages

Professor Jonathan Jansen (pic courtesy Timeslive)
My South Africa is the working-class man who called from the airport to return my wallet without a cent missing. It is the white woman who put all three of her domestic worker's children through the school that her own child attended. It is the politician in one of our rural provinces, Mpumalanga, who returned his salary to the government as a statement that standing with the poor had to be more than words. It is the teacher who worked after school hours every day during the strike to ensure her children did not miss out on learning during the public sector stay-away.

Written by Jonathan Jansen

My South Africa is the working-class man who called from the airport to return my wallet without a cent missing.

Pope Encourages Reflection on Justice during Lent season

As a mark of the new Lenten season, Pope Benedict XVI released a letter inviting the Church to spend this time reflecting on the theme of justice with the words of Paul in Romans 3, 21-22: “The justice of God has been manifested through faith in Jesus Christ.”

Written by ANiSA Associate

As a mark of the new Lenten season, Pope Benedict XVI released a letter inviting the Church to spend this time reflecting on the theme of justice with the words of Paul in Romans 3, 21-22: “The justice of God has been manifested through faith in Jesus Christ.”

Opinion: Reconnecting Love and Nonviolence: A Response to Obama's Nobel Lecture

In his Nobel remarks of two weeks ago, U.S. President Barack Obama called for "the continued expansion of our moral imagination" in the cause of building a lasting peace in the world. Obama's words themselves, however, exhibited no such imagination. On the contrary, they outlined again the exhausted dismissals of nonviolence as the way to pursue peace. Nowhere was this more evident than in his assessment of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that African American Nobel laureate in whose debt Obama places himself.

Written by Joe Sawatzky

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