In this episode David and John sit down with Grant Porthen from Jubilee Community Church to talk about Incarnational Ministry and Justice. What is Incarnational Ministry? How does Incarnational Ministry help us pursue greater justice and overcome the legacy of apartheid? Doesn't Incarnational Ministry carry the risk of "white saviourism"? How does an increased proximity to the poor and the marginalised affect how we do our theology? What practical steps…
Some of us might try to fight it but there is something psychologically compelling about the somewhat arbitrary changing of the calendar year that resonates with our desire for change. Amidst all the new gym memberships, course enrollments, and best intentions here are five relatively simple ways in which you might take some steps towards living more justly in 2018.
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.
Critiquing the idea that the way we change society is to convert more people. Making a case that biblically we are called to do both evangelism and pursue justice, individually, ecclesiologically and structurally. To not intentionally work to dismantle systems of oppression is to be complicit in allowing their perpetuation. Concept of racism as structural not only individual (prejudice + power)
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.
Presenting a biblical understanding (with reference to historical and social realities) around race, racism and racialization. Critiquing the concept of being colour-blind. Making a biblical case for the necessity of seeing race in order to see poverty, injustice and oppression. Speaking to the question of people “always playing the race card”.
Picking up on race as a structural concept examining the reality that individual change is insufficient to bring about transformation in society and in church. Because racism is prejudice + power we must attack our prejudice at the point of power. 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?
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…
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