This talk identifies racism as a structural concept, which may be defined as prejudice + power. A correct diagnosis of the problem of racism, linked as it is to structures of power will expose the need for more than individual change to bring about transformation in society. It is vital that if we wish to combat racism we must examine the nature of power, both within and without the church. Who has the power? What does it mean biblically and contextually to wield power in a country which has seen such massive abuse of power? What does a Christ centred understanding of power look like in this context?
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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. Each year many black professionals migrate out of the city echoing the now familiar sentiment that Cape Town is not a black friendly city. In this talk Cameron Shabangu will discuss the reasons behind what he terms “the Second Trek” as he explores what a cross-centred and contextual response might look like.
The Story of our Church is one of our experiential learning events which engage the participants in the process of transformative learning through experience and reflection. You can read more about our different experiential learning options here. The Story of the Church is a pilgrimage through the Cape Town CBD, visiting historic sites of injustice…