Pain in my city
What is the pain in my city? That question became a prayer and led to the book and awareness project ‘God ain’t white’: how our slavery past affects relationships today.
Am I aware of unjust patterns? How can we put things right? The blogs on this page address these kinds of questions.
God ain’t white
In the book ‘God ain’t white’ (only available in Dutch) we take the reader on a journey through the history of slavery. Through personal interviews with coloured people you become aware how the past still affects society today.
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July 1st, 2013, it was 150 years since slavery was abolished in the Netherlands. Klaas van der Kamp, General Secretary of Council of Churches in the Netherlands acknowledges the guilt of the church in relation to their role during the time of slavery. We as GIDSnetwerk Rotterdam organized an event to facilitate a heart-to-heart discussion with white and black how the slaverypast is still effecting lives and relationships today. The audience in the Scotisch Church
In the book ‘God ain’t white’ (only available in Dutch) we take the reader on a journey through the history of slavery. Through personal interviews with black people you become aware how the past still affects society today. We talk with white pastors how theology influenced the view of slavery. Others share how they have acknowledged guilt and how that was received. With black and white we talk in the third part of the book
Sharon Stone: ‘We don’t have to twist arms; people know what is right. Truth has authority’ Can we re-write laws? The Mayor of the town turned to her, and asked, “Sharon, what can you do for me?” Churches had gathered that day. The mayor continued and told about the problems with migrants, prisons, youth. “That day I realized that we as churches hadn’t done our homework,” recalls Sharon Stone. “As church leaders we inspire, but
Antonie Fountain (32) and George Verwer (73) discuss social justice issues At Call2All A conference on mission in Europe. "Social justice is more than a good deed - it's at the heart of mission, because it's at the heart of God" (George Verwer) “Justice is not on the church agenda,” says Antonie Fountain, while looking at the few people that joined his ‘sphere track’ on social justice. The four of us look even less significant in
With Stephen Goode, internationally overseeing YWAM Relief & Development “Lord, what is the pain in my city? Who are the ones enslaved and hurting - I don’t know about? Will you show and bring me in contact with them?” That became my prayer after the Hope for Europe conference in Budapest. The theme in our city-network was ‘the pain in our cities’. . Slavery in history A year later I’m brewing on a subject for
With John Hayes in John Newton's church downtown London. 'THE FUTURE GROWS OUT OF THE PAST' May 22nd it will be 225 years ago that the Clapham Saints decided to battle slavery. This group of twelve, mainly young guys in their twenties (also joined by some influential women) were up against enormous forces. "They are an inspiration for us, as we look for new ways to battle poverty in our time," says John Hayes, who