Thursday, April 14, 2005

Hope for this great land

Believers of many faiths have been agreeing that Greensboro was blessed to hear Sunday from Dr. Peter Storey, the South African Methodist preacher, pastor and church leader now on the faculty of Duke’s Divinity School.

At an interfaith service at First Baptist Church, Storey shared five “non-negotiable requirements” for reconciliation:
· Parties must acknowledge one another’s permanency,
· Someone must take the first step, be the “prime mover,”
· Parties must engage,
· The truth must be told, and
· Justice must be done, or some genuine attempt must be made to put right what has been wrong.

His words were a strong affirmation of the work the GTRC is doing. Storey was Nelson Mandela’s prison chaplain, then Mandela appointed him to the selection panel for the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Storey, who also is co-chair of the Greensboro Truth & Community Reconciliation Project’s National Advisory Committee, said in an interview last year that he’s long been asked about the possibility of truth and reconciliation in the United States.

“Recently I've been able to tell them proudly that the question is no longer theoretical – that a grace-filled group of courageous people is pioneering a new way to healing in Greensboro, N.C.,” he said. “If this process yields healing in Greensboro, then there is hope for many other places in this great land.”

What do people think? Is there hope?

-Joya Wesley (communications director)


Blogger D. Hoggard said...

After witnessing tonight's City Council vote.... I say probably not.

2:19 AM  
Blogger Billy Jones said...

From your post: " Justice must be done, or some genuine attempt must be made to put right what has been wrong."

Can justice be anything short of putting the guilty in jail? Something your commission has NO power to do. Why should any of us support anything less than justice?

7:59 PM  

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