The author of the acclaimed “God’s Politics“, Jim Wallis’, has written a superb follow-on book, “The Great Awakening“.

The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith and Politics in a Post-Religious Right America, is a must-read for anyone who has a genuine interest in matters of faith in a political world. It is also a recommended read for anyone that has a heart for social justice.

I have read Wallis’ earlier book God’s Politics and would say that The Great Awakening is a significantly better work. God’s Politics feels more like a brain-dump from Wallis, without enough structure and organisation and tends to be repetitive. The Great Awakening however, feels much more rounded and ‘complete’. Where I was nodding my head in agreement perhaps once every few pages in God’s Politics, The Great Awakening strongly aroused the sense of justice deep in my spirit – I was nodding along in agreement with Wallis’ words throughout the book. If you are considering reading God’s Politics and don’t have a particular interest in the more-specifics of US Democrat and Republican party politics, I would recommend skipping it and reading The Great Awakening.

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Do you have ubuntu?

March 27, 2009

I have been reading Jim Wallis’ latest book, “The Great Awakening” and came across a wonderful quote from Desmond Tutu, the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa:

“Ubuntu is a concept that we have in our Bantu languages at home. Ubuntu is the essence of being a person. It means that we are people through other people. We cannot be fully human alone. We are made for interdependence, we are made for family. When you have ubuntu, you embrace others. You are generous, compassionate. If the world had more ubuntu, we would not have war. We would not have this huge gap between the rich and the poor. You are rich so that you can make up what is lacking for others. You are powerful so that you can help the weak, just as a mother or father helps their children. This is God’s dream.

It embraces hospitality, caring about others, being able to go the extra mile for the sake of others. We believe that a person is a person through another person, that my humanity is caught up, bound up, inextricably, with yours. When I dehumanise you, I inexorably dehumanise myself. The solitary human being is a contradiction in terms and therefore you seek to work for the common good because your humanity comes into its own in belonging.”

I don’t want to add any more to that – it’s just brilliant!