Talks

Cape town is rated as one of the most majestic cities in the world. It has unique and wonderful mountains and pristine beaches. But what lies beneath its beauty, is a city still rooted in its colonial racist past. The effects of these colonial beginnings can still be experienced today in the levels of racism and social marginalisation experienced in social and professional environments and most significantly in the Church.…
In this talk Ryan Saville explores the concept of race as a form of idolatry. Racial idolatry make promises it cannot keep, asking us to rely on that which only God can give. The idol of whiteness promises that white hegemony will produce stable, reliable and fruitful leadership but leads always to disfunction and division. Mono-cultural or homogenous churches in racialized societies perpetuate racism. Racial idols are fiercely protected by…
Racism has both an individual and a structural element and as such is intricately linked to systems of power and privilege. This talk probes us to examine the intricate link between power and prejudice within both society and the church. And then, building on the work and example of Christ in Philippians 2, invites us to consider what a biblical theology of power and privilege could look like as we…
Stephen Murray and Doug Logan explore what it means to face diversity, race and unity in church planting. What do we need in order to establish churches which express the diverse people of God found in Scripture? What will cross-shaped love cost us in pursuing diversity? How do we do pursue both individual discipleship and make significant structural decisions if we wish to deal with racism and pursue diversity in…
In this talk David Cloete presents a biblical understanding of race, racism and racialization, with reference to historical and sociological realities. Critiquing the concept of being colour-blind. This talk makes a biblical case for the necessity of seeing race in order to see poverty, injustice and oppression. And speaks to the of why must black people “always playing the race card”.
One of key pillars of the apartheid era was the building of roads, railway lines and an education system designed to keep us apart from one another. To keep us ignorant of how different our stories and lived experiences were. Many of those spatial and cultural divisions remain firmly entrenched today. Three woman Minah Koela Nadine Bowers Du Toit and Linda Martindale from different backgrounds share their stories of growing…
In this talk Jeremy Koeries interrogates the idea that the best way to change society is to convert more people. Making a case that biblically we are called to do both evangelism and pursue justice, as individuals, in our churches and in society. To not intentionally work to dismantle systems of oppression is to be complicit in allowing their perpetuation.
For years the church has debated which is more important social justice or gospel proclamation. What if both are equally important? Join us for an introduction to a biblical understanding of justice and the mission of the church. In this talk John Scheepers will briefly trace the importance of justice throughout the biblical story and call us to rediscover a cross centred justice movement at the heart of the gospel.
The news regularly highlights institutional and individual acts of racism. But these reports don’t only reveal the persistence of racism but a shallow understanding of it. Unearthing the pillars of implicit bias and socialization increases the likelihood of navigating conversations about racism successfully. In this interactive talk Ryan Saville develops a biblical theology of socialization and implicit bias. Examining what happens when we neither see nor acknowledge it and how…
There is a popular line of thought in some Christian circles that goes something like this: "We don't get involved in 'politics' or issues of racial controversy, we just teach the Bible". But is the idea of an a-contextual faith possible or even desirable? In this talk, given at TGIF, Cape Town, John Scheepers questions whether the concept of an a-contextual faith is itself even possible or more significantly desirable.…