By the Way – Sat 24 January 2015: ‘The country truly belongs to all the people who live in it’


There are two items of furniture in our cathedral, St George’s, that are symbols of how we South Africans can engage each other in the matters of the public square.
The one best known of the two is the pulpit. The preacher, before entering it, is encouraged to pray, as did Saint Anselm of Canterbury, for an eloquent and gentle wisdom. A mouth proclaiming, “words of consolation, edification, and exhortation, that I may encourage the good to better things.” The more often honoured temptation is to preach at people. We are less inclined to affirm more splendidly how God believes in their ability to bless the world with their gifts and commitment.
Then there is the bishop’s chair, occupied on occasions of solemn rectitude. It is suggestive of listening and speaking in the manner of conversation. Being silent and engaging in spirit and the will to understand how we are…

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