The history of the church in South Africa is both complex and inconsistent. On the one hand silent acquiescence or worse entrenching and legitimizing racial division and economic inequality, and on the other hand providing the seeds of liberation and equality. Division and exclusion has not just been “out there” in society but has permeated and shaped our own structures and dealings with one another. What role then, if any, does the church play in overcoming injustice and inequality in South Africa today? This Justice and Theology seminar explored issues of reconciliation both within the churches own structures as well as the church’s role in the wider society.
Dr. Siegried Ngubane, the Director of SIM South Africa. Previously Dr Ngubane has been a lecturer in African Church Planting and Leadership Studies at George Whitefield College and the founding pastor of Khayelitsha Community Church. He holds a Doctorate in Missiology from the University of the Free State.
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Land in South Africa today remains a critical issue for which people have fought for, been moved from, legislated for, and even gone to prison for. Land is intricately tied up to not only economic stability but also identity and belonging. What is significant is just how much of that land the church owns – more than 180 000 hectares. How could churches begin to use this land to start the healing process in this country and to start bridging the divides across a vastly unequal society?
In part two of our Redeeming Reconciliation series (watch part one here) Ryan Saville sat down with One Mokgatle and Jennie Tsekwa to talk about the practicalities of reconciliation. How do we actually practice reconciliation when our country and our churches remain so divided and divisive? How do we work towards deep and meaningful reconciliation in a context saturated with cheap concepts of reconciliation? What do meaningful acts of reconciliation actually look like in our churches, families and communities? Crucially how do we practice restitution and repentance, integral aspects to the process of reconciliation?
O, Father, you know my heart, you know my fears and worries, you know my disappointment, my temptation to give in and give up.
You are the Creator of these people, in this, your world; you are the Creator of me, in this, your world.
You ordain steps, and you’ve brought us here; and yet you know my heart full of questions. You hem me in, behind and before, and your hand is upon us (Ps. 139:5).
Isiphambano Centre for Biblical Justice is a study and training centre dedicated to developing a holistic, theological and cross-centred response to racial and economic injustice within the South African context.
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