Religion: South Africa: Mr. Smith Takes a Black Parish

White Afrikaner clergy confront South Africa's apartheid

White Afrikaner clergy confront South Africa's apartheid

Just months ago, he was comfortably established as a theology professor at one of his country's leading universities. Now, after a substantial salary cut, he has become the pastor of a black-slum church, where worshipers sit on rude benches rather than in polished pews. Many clergy have made such sacrifices to spread the Gospel. But in the tense racial politics of South Africa, the decision of the Rev. Nico J. Smith, 53, is a dramatic moral challenge to the longstanding church support for apartheid.

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