Throughout his life, Nelson Mandela had many connections to Methodism. A graduate of a Methodist boarding school, the anti-apartheid champion was mentored by Methodist preachers and educators and formed a bond with a Methodist chaplain while in prison. As president of South Africa, he worked with church leaders in shaping a new nation and eventually married Graça Machel, a United Methodist.
The World Methodist Council recognized Mandela as a "symbol of freedom, justice and peace" when presenting him with its 2000 peace award.
On Dec. 5, 2013, South African President Jacob Zuma announced that Nelson Mandela had died at age 95.
- Methodists, leaders pay tribute to Mandela
- Remembering Nelson Mandela: 1918-2013
- Methodists salute Mandela
- When Nelson Mandela came to dinner
- Seeing Mandela in New York
- Nelson Mandela, Gracia Machel speak to bishops
- Mandela affirms WCC's work for human rights, sees challenges ahead
- Mandela to receive World Methodist Peace Award
- Resources for remembering Mandela
- Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary
- Address by President Nelson Mandela to the Annual Conference of the Methodist Church