This is an event I've been wanting to do for a long time -- a "quiet day" at Washington National Cathedral on Sunday, November 17, using the life and heroic presence of Nelson Mandela as our theme. We will spend the afternoon reflecting on oppression, reconciliation, courage, forgiveness, and our own quest to leave behind the prisons that hold us back from a full life in community. There will be time to visit the heroes enshrined in the Cathedral’s Human Rights Porch and to soak in sacred space inside the Cathedral or in the Bishop’s Garden. The program will conclude with an opportunity to pray for our enemies. Please RSVP by November 15:
I am hoping that, after the program, at least some of the participants will want to extend their pilgrimage with a visit to the new statue of Mandela in front of the South African embassy on Massachusetts Avenue. Below, you can watch highlights from its dedication in September 2013.