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Riverside Church mourns the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela
Posted on Riverside Blog December 05, 2013

Riverside Church mourns the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela.



A warrior for justice, a pillar for social consciousness in the 20th and 21st Century, he leaves a legacy of inspiration for us to aspire toward.

Mr. Mandela was a guest of this congregation twice. First in 1990, after his release from 27 years in prison on Robben Island in South Africa, and again in 2005 as he was retiring form global travel.

His visits here were a significant acknowledgement of the strong ties of this congregation to the South African Anti-Apartheid movement and the South Africa Council of Churches.

The congregation of the Riverside Church celebrates the life of Nelson Mandela, holding in prayer the Mandela family and standing in solidarity with the people of South Africa and all freedom and justice loving peoples throughout the world.



Please click here for information about the New York Memorial Service to be held here at Riverside on Wednesday, December 11th at 5:30pm.

Live Video Stream of the Memorial Serivce

To view the live stream during the service, please click on this link.



Below is a video of highlights of his time with us at Riverside.





Riverside's own Rev. Dr. Forbes was on WPIX-11 news discussing Nelson Mandela and his historic visits to the Riverside Church.





Rev. Kimberliegh Jordan appeared on WABC-7 discussing the relevance of President Mandela's relationship with Riverside.



If the video above doesn’t play, click here to video the WABC-7 video.