Tag - #dayzero

Don’t Touch Me on My Privilege

Cape Town in 2018 will be known as the year that ‘Day Zero’ went from a threat to an imminent reality. People were shocked into making changes to their daily water usage in an attempt to stave off the taps being turned off. Everywhere one went there were conversations about what reality would be like post day zero. Other conversations focused on what could be done to save water. Like many others, my family reduced our consumption to be [...]

Faith, Bible and Water

What does the Bible have to say to us about water? In a time of water restrictions and uncertainty around water sustainability, we can turn to our faith for clarity and direction. The God of the Bible is not silent on the issue. In fact, 722 times the scriptures reference water and rivers. How does our ancient faith speak into our current reality of water? This blog does not look at all 722, but just 23, looking for the [...]

Choosing #DayOne

I didn’t come to public activism easily or naturally. In August of 1989 Archbishop Tutu and Rev Boesak led a series of beach protests in Cape Town to highlight the racial segregation of South African beaches. The first one was violently broken up by the police and that week I decided I could no longer vacillate on the sidelines and joined the next one on Strand Beach. I had made the choice to turn from apathy to anger and [...]

Meet the Pattendens

As a Christian family, our desire is to seek God through the drought. The physical drought has made us aware of some of our own spiritual dryness. And so the drought has become an additional motivation for us to draw closer to God. In addressing our own spiritual dryness as individuals, as a family and as a nation, I trust God will provide in HIS abundance, in HIS way, and in HIS timing. Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread [...]