The Gospel of Justice

kinnon —  December 14, 2007 — 2 Comments

John Sentamu is someone we met in 1987 when he was a parish priest in Tulse Hill, London. Imbi and I were both impressed with this former Ugandan barrister and judge who was brutally tortured by Idi Amin’s thugs. This for taking a stand against the corrupt governance of his country. In Tulse Hill, Sentamu was a strong and tender-hearted rector. That strength has remained in evidence (as I’ve watched from a distance) as he has been elevated through the Church of England.

Now, Archbishop of York (who brought me to tears when he referenced David Watson in his installation address two years ago), he has made a strong statement about the ridiculous abuse of power of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe – and the apparent blind eye of the rest of the world to this abuse. This video shows a true church leader in action.

You can also read my friend, John Stanko’s post on his return from Zim yesterday in a post called Turbulence. I went with John to Zim for the first time in 1998. It’s a beautiful country, the former bread basket of Southern Africa, being destroyed by the madness of its present leader. Something has to change!.



A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

2 responses to The Gospel of Justice

  1. The kneejerk reaction in the West is to portray Africa and the African nations as victims, as passive. They’re not. The history of Western colonialism is not the whole history of Africa, and it’s time that both Africans and Westerners remembered that.

    Part of according dignity to and respecting the freedom of the Other is counting them responsible for their sins as well as their virtues. Like a lot of folks I know, I have a hard time remembering that, so conditioned am I to say “Poor Africa, they just can’t help themselves.” The Archbishop clearly doesn’t have that limitation. I’m not sure what impact cutting up his collar will have as a symbol, but here’s hoping that his words are heard both in the West and in Africa.

  2. Yes, and Alan R.’s recent journal post is very thought provoking on this interview, as well!


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