Global Elders: A New Found Hope


…they will support courage where there is fear, foster agreement where there is a conflict and inspire hope where there is despair.” (Nelson Mandela announcing the formation of the Elders. You can see a video introduction by Mandela here.)

This is an amazing thing that is happening. A formation of leaders, and past “official” leaders working toward making lasting change in an ever needing world. A group of influential people without a hidden agenda. In Mandela’s transcript of the announcement he says that the Elders will work towards,

“…assuming the essential interdependence of all human-kind. We call this the spirit of Ubuntu – that profound African sense that we are human only through the humanity of other human beings.”

Ubuntu truly is profound. In Christianity we might call it “creation”. The sense and consequent reality that we are all an essential part of God’s creation. We find our value first and foremost in that we were created to bear the image of the God, and secondly in the human-“ness” of others. We can only truly relate to God, when we consciously and purposely take the time relate to one another.

I wonder if there could ever be an Adventist version of “the Elders”? A group of Adventist leader’s committed to making our communities of faith, vibrant places of hope, refuge, and reconciliation. Not just for our own sake, rather in order to embrace and engage our world. To be a part of the world we live in. I know this is what our community of faith’s are intended to be, but how many churches have you been to that feel like that? For fun what would an Adventist group of “Elders”(of course not elders in the traditional church setting) look like? Would it even be possible? Perhaps this is how the Blogosphere is functioning. Could we be stronger together. Meeting together, in person every once in a while. Maybe this is already happening and I just didn’t know about it.

  1. sirojs said:

    This is really wonderful. And your point about the Adventist version is really good. The Elders who will engage the world. I have been longing and hoping for this to happen in our church.

  2. Siroj, I wonder what it would look like to have “elders” that would function in our churches. Even just ‘passionate individuals’ convinced that the way of Jesus is the best possible way of life. I know from your blog that you have a passion for human life, especially those that are young and with out voice. I would love to dialogue more with you about your work in Thailand. I will have to pick up one of your books soon. Next time I am in the Loma Linda area we should do lunch.

  3. sirojs said:

    Would love to have a conversation with you over lunch. Please let me know when you do come along this way. I will be gone to Thailand in a week and will return mid September. Blessings to you and your mission.

  4. Thank you for pointing this out. This is, indeed, an amazing group of human beings. It will be interesting to see what this group will accomplish.

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