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Peter Storey, the former Methodist bishop and president of the South African Council of Churches, a white man who opposed apartheid, tells a story about a party at which he and Archbishop Desmond Tutu were the honored guests. It was hosted by black South Africans who had leadership positions in their post-apartheid society.

They asked Peter and Desmond Tutu if they understood why they were throwing this party for them. They replied: “Because we were with you in the days of struggle against apartheid.” Their hosts responded by saying’ “No, because you baptized us; you told us who we were and remembered when no one else did”

Stanley Hauerwas, Without Apology: Sermons for Christ’s Church, Seabury Books, 2013, p.85.

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