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Stewards of Creativity

on September 15, 2017

This week we read the book  Visual Faith by William A. Dyrness. Throughout the book he advocates for a renewal of the arts within worship and faith culture. One of many statements that he made stood out to me: “We must become better stewards of their gifts as we allow them to expand our corporate…

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Supremacy or Humility

on September 15, 2017

Apartheid has not been a subject on the top of my reading list until very recently. With the plan of visiting South Africa and the preparatory reading of David Welsh’s, The Rise and Fall of Apartheid, I have a new appreciation for the leaders and the people of South Africa who persevered through decades of…

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I had no idea

on September 14, 2017

I knew the word apartheid. Well, I had seen it. Turns out I didn’t know how to pronounce it properly. And that probably is a good illustration for how much I actually knew about apartheid. Going into this study, mostly naïve, I knew of Nelson Mandela, but only in the type of sense, I know…

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Too close to home

on September 14, 2017

In reading David Welsh’s “The Rise and Fall of Apartheid”, PW Botha’s own rise and fall of power captured my attention.  Although an unlikely character to focus on (Mandela and De Klerk are certainly more notorious), Botha’s intersection between his Christian faith and leadership within the Nationalist Party (NP) prompted me to want to dig…

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How Little I Knew…

on September 14, 2017

My earliest memories of apartheid came from a movie. “Because your black”….in Lethal Weapon 2, when Danny Glover and Joe Pesci had gone to the South African consulate as a distraction the idea of apartheid hit home for me.  Why would a person of color want to even go somewhere they were hated?  Even the…

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Created to Create

on September 14, 2017

When I taught US History to high school students, I pointed out to them what I had learned in my art history classes – that art is a mirror of what has just happened or is currently happening in the world. That’s why many artists aren’t appreciated until long after their death, when we finally…

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Beauty is the Eye of the Beholder

on September 14, 2017

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is a saying of the American and British community. It justifies the rights of the person who does not agree with another one’s view of something visual. In our society art refers to pictures, dance, music, sculpture, and more. Dyrness discuss the inclusion and exclusion of the…

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Leadership hurts…

on September 14, 2017

The book by David Welsh, The Rise and Fall of the Apartheid, is a book about how black South African’s fought and gained a democratic voice from the elite ruling class of white Afrikaners.[1]  Welsh’s work was published at the same time I was living in Botswana, a country known for its bushmen tribes, diamond…

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A Flawed Partnership and a Complex Set of Circumstances

on September 14, 2017

In his monumental work, “The Rise and Fall of Apartheid,” Welsh chronicles the conditions that led to Apartheid, the injustices and divisions that took place under its regime, to the influences that led to its collapse, along with the challenges that came in the aftermath of transition. The complexity of the situation as described by…

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Adaptive Leadership

on September 14, 2017

In The Rise and Fall of Apartheid, David Welsh offers a comprehensive and balanced history of South African politics in the 20th century. While I had some idea of the causes and challenges related to apartheid, I had not realized how complex the issues had been. Nelson Mandela is rightfully portrayed as a hero who…

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How leadership affects change

on September 14, 2017

In his book, The Rise and Fall of Apartheid, historian and political scientist David Welsh quotes Absolom Vilakazi to say, “disorganization and disintegration are simultaneously accompanied by reorganization and reintegration.”[1] Part of what Welsh sets out to show in his book is the dynamic flow between “disorientation” or the deteriorating situation in South Africa for…

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Ramifications

on September 14, 2017

Do you ever wonder why people do what they do? Why we act the way we do to certain scenarios and situations reflects an understanding on who we are in that situation. I was thinking as I walked down the street today about the way the old people in Chinese society demand respect. It is…

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Leadership is Key

on September 14, 2017

David Welsh’s book, The Rise and Fall of Apartheid, was very insightful and highlighted some aspects regarding the ending of apartheid in South Africa that I already had some interest in as a result of some movies and documentaries I have watched on the subject. The relatively peaceful transition was shocking to most everyone who…

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Rights Reinstated, Please

on September 14, 2017

As I was listening audibly to the book Visual Faith, on art and its relationship to the church, many times the voice would say, “Image not included because of rights restriction”, and all I had was the words and my imagination. The author would describe the picture and I would try to visualize what he…

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No simplistic answers, either then or now

on September 13, 2017

Living in New Zealand during the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s allowed me a closer perspective of the ultimate demise of apartheid in South Africa and the ascendency of the ANC and Nelson Mandela in the new Republic of South Africa.  I well remember the white South African immigrants fleeing what they anticipated would…

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The more things change the more they stay the same!

on September 13, 2017

When I was in my college history class, I was taught apartheid was “apart-hood” and it brought to my developing mind a vivid picture of painful “separateness” for all people. My first memories of racial division came as a kindergarten student in the Denver Public Schools. My parents bought a house in the Denver city…

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The Visual Arts and an Acts 2 Moment for the Church

on September 13, 2017

“I believe that making beautiful forms is theologically connected to our call both to listen and respond to God in prayer, praise, and sacrament.”(1) The church in which I grew up met in a rather utilitarian building on the side of town that was filled with immigrants. As the church developed and grew it moved…

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Visually Faithful

on September 13, 2017

What do an iPhone, a cloud column, and a Star Wars mug all have in common? Perhaps as we journey together through this post, we might discover the connection between these images. We step onto the path, first, by recognizing our earthiness as humans, connected as creatures to one another, the rest of creation, and…

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