TORONTO, Dec. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - As the world mourns the death of Nelson
Mandela, the Moderator of The United Church of Canada, the Right Rev.
Gary Paterson, reflected on the life and legacy of Mandela.
"We have an opportunity today to remember the man - his determination to
confront apartheid and injustice; his commitment to freedom and
equality; his capacity to endure twenty-seven years of prison and
emerge with his soul intact, able to forgive and embark on a journey of
reconciliation, persuading others to follow along with him," commented
As we grieve his passing says Paterson, "We are called to give thanks
for Mandela's life - not simply to praise him, but to honour his memory
with a determination to undertake a similar quest for wholeness, for
ourselves and for the body politic."
SOURCE: United Church of Canada
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