FOR: NEW YORK CATHEDRAL (ST. JOHN THE DEVINE)
by Episcopal Church Diocese of New York
New York, New York, United States
November 15, 1954
Text of sermon to be preached by the Reverend Michael Scott, Priest of the Dioceses of Chichester, England, in New York Cathedral on November 14. The text says that the danger that confronts the Church in Africa and the world, which we so wrongly describe as the "Western" World, very often is not merely a threat to missionary and educational work. We are faced with a false doctrine and practice called apartheid which has grown into a state system of legislation based on a theory of racial supremacy. South Africa was entrusted by America and Britain and France with the territory of South West Africa as a "sacred trust of civilization." At the United Nations, certain legal and procedural difficulties are being used to evade the vital moral principle bound up in this sacred trust. Many political and diplomatic means can be used. There are many industrial and commercial relationships between South Africa and Britain and the U.S., as well as academic and social connections, and historical associations, particularly the emancipation from slavery, and the great debt we all owe to Africa on account of slavery. There is the development of constitutional forms of self-government in other parts of Africa under Britain's tutelage. There is also the prodigious wealth that has been and is being brought from Africa to the U.S. and Britain in the form of gold, diamonds, copper and uranium. The sermon concludes with a prayer for an aged Chief, Hosea Kutako of the Hereroes. He asked Scott to come to the United Nations when they were refused permission to come themselves. The prayer includes: “Help us who have been placed in Africa and have no dwelling place of our own. Give us back a dwelling place, O God.” The sermon mentions the Native Resettlement Act, the Bantu Education Act, the British Council of Churches, Archbishop of Canterbury, World Council of Churches (WCC), Dutch Reformed Church, Westminster Abbey, the International League for the Rights of Man, St. Alban's Colored Mission, Sophiatown, and the Fourth Committee.
Collection: Winifred Courtney Collection, National Archives of Namibia