Author - Christine Van Wyk

Wishing You a Curious Christmas

WISHING YOU A CURIOUS CHRISTMAS, FROM ALL OF US AT COMMON GOOD! This Christmas, our prayer is that you’d actively develop a respectful curiosity about cultures different from your own, and how they celebrate Christmas. The Bible says that heaven will be a big celebration (Rev 19:1-3), and that it will involve people from different tribes (Rev 5:9 and Luke 13:29)- so...

What if Women Felt as Safe as Men

In April 2017 activist @DanielleMuscato posed a hypothetical question for women on Twitter about the things they’d do if there were no men around in public after 9pm. A year later she asked the question again amid the sexual assault allegations levied again Brett Kavanaugh, a supreme court judge candidate in the US.  Thousands of women replied. Clearly this idea resonated with the women on the twitterverse.   One woman’s response sums up what I...

What it’s like to live in Cape Town

How would you finish this sentence: “If I could show people of other ethnicities what it is like for people like me to live in Cape Town, I would show them…”?    We collected a range of anonymous responses from fellow residents of our city.  They have not been edited for grammar or brevity.  All biographical data collected was optional.    These are...

Let’s talk: Cross-cultural friendships

There was a time in our country when it was illegal for black, white, coloured and Indian people to be friends with each other. After decades of segregation, and now two decades of democracy, many South Africans struggle to know how to relate to people who look different to them. Some people are afraid of saying or doing something...

Let’s Talk Land

In May 2018, the Common Ground Rondebosch AM congregation hosted an insights evening on the topic of land. They invited in a range of speakers to guide, inform and spark discussion. These four videos capture the heart of the evening and will help you grapple with land and what can be done for the future of South Africa. Intro to...

Redeeming Land

It's easy to find ourselves overwhelmed by the extent of inequality, immobilized by the politics or simply unsure about what we could be doing- if you've felt like that- then this is where you can start! Read how people who share the pews with you are responding to Christ in all kinds of places and ways. Adam and Rachel Why We...

Julle Mense “You People” Podcasts

As we grapple with matters of justice, we are convinced that engaging with a wide variety of perspectives and opinions is integral to forming your next steps. Check out these episodes by our friends at Isiphambano Centre for Biblical Justice, covering a few different topics on Land and Space. https://www.isiphambano.com/  In the light of the controversy surrounding the failure of the City of...

Counting the Cost and Speaking Up

Overheard in the dining room, over lunch. “I remember the kids walked to school- we never thought twice about it…” “and there was a time I used to leave my keys in the ignition, at the shops, overnight, almost always” “But you can’t do that now!” “oh no! The crime is so widespread that the kids need to be supervised in the garden!” “and...

Personal Stories – Podcasts

In 2018, we decided to start a podcast. The idea was to create a space for ordinary people to share how they find themselves engaging with and 'living' Social Justice. We'd recommend these two episodes of the podcast to give you an idea of what it's all about- and if you like them, subscribe for more on Apple Podcast...