FOR: NEW YORK CATHEDRAL (ST. JOHN THE DEVINE)

by Episcopal Church Diocese of New York
New York, New York, United States
November 15, 1954
8 pages
Type: Press Release
Coverage in Africa: Namibia, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States, United Kingdom, United Nations
Language: English
Text of sermon to be preached by the Reverend Michael Scott, Priest of the Dioceses of Chichester, England, in New York Cathedral on Sunday, November 14, at 11:00. The text says in South Africa we are faced with a direct challenge not only to the educational and missionary work of the church but to the fundamental conceptions of a Christian civilization such as the Western world has set itself to build in Africa and elsewhere. The text says 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 in the narrow sense but something more fundamental. The text says we are faced with a false doctrine and practice called apartheid which has grown into a whole state system of legislation based on a theory and assumption of racial supremacy. The text says South Africa was entrusted by America and Britain and France with the territory of South West Africa as a "sacred trust of civilization". The text says at the United Nations certain legal and procedural difficulties are being used to evade the vital moral principle bound up in this sacred trust. The text says there are many political and diplomatic means that can be used. The text says there are many industrial and commercial relationships between South Africa and Britain and America. The text says there are many academic and social connections just as there are many historical associations, particularly the emancipation from slavery, and the great debt we all owe to Africa on account of slavery. The text says there is the development of constitutional forms of self-government in other parts of Africa under Britain's tutelage which must inevitably influence the course of history. The text says there is also the prodigious wealth that has been and is being brought from Africa to this country and to Britain in the form of gold, diamonds, copper and uranium. The text says I would like to conclude with a prayer for an aged Chief who knows nothing of these ideological controversies of our time. The text says he is Hosea Kuatko of the Hereroes who asked me to come to the United Nationals when they were refused permission to come themselves. The text discusses the Native Resettlement Act, the Bantu Education Act, the British Council of Churches, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Dutch Reformed Church, idealistic persons, Communism, Westminster Abbey, an aged Chief, Hosea Kuatko, the Hereroes (the Herero people), the International League for the Rights of Man, an orphanage, St. Alban's Colored Mission, Sophiatown, the Fourth Committee, and the Diocese of Chichester. [Note: the common spelling of the name is Hosea Kutako.]
 
Collection: Winifred Courtney Collection, National Archives of Namibia