Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane

On the flight from the United States to South Africa, one of our fellow pilgrims Marion Grau, a theology professor from CPSP loaned me a copy of the Archbishop of Capetown's Njongonkulu Ndungane's book, "A World with a Human Face: A Voice from Africa". This book is engaging and is autobiographical, theological and political calling South Africa and the international community, "to work together to overcome social injustice, adverse economic forces and the weight of history to build a just society for all." Early in the book, one learns that the Archbishop's grandfather gave him his name, Njongonkulu --- "njongo" literally means "aim", "nkulu" means "big". The Archbishop is indeed calling the Anglican Communion, really the entire international community to aim big.

So far our group has been making ourselves at home at the Road Lodge, some have taken a cab to the mall to purchase things some Americans consider necessities like wash clothes (I rarely use one). Bishop Marc, Walter Brownridge (Associate Dean for Community Life at Sewanee) and I are at a nearby hotel (with wireless) and have just met Odwa Gonya and Maropeng Moholoa from the Anglican Student Federation, who are helping to organize the TEAM conference and coordinating our visits to sites around Johannesburg.

1 comment:

Yzerfontein said...

Road Lodge - are you there with Bishop Marc? Hope you had a good flight to South Africa.