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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.…
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 episode David Cloete sat down with Jeremy Koeries from J-Life, Africa to talk about Discipleship and Justice. What is discipleship? What does discipleship have to do with justice and overcoming racism in the church? What implications does justice informed discipleship have for the South African context? How significant is proximity to the poor for discipleship and justice in a country with a history like ours where we were…
In this episode David and John sit down with Ryan Saville from Jubilee Community Church and talk about the upcoming National Elections. How do we vote as Christians? What criteria do we use when deciding to vote? Should churches talk about politics? What does it mean to being an engaged citizen? How do we relate to Christians who vote for different political parties and with whom we may have significant…
In this episode David and John discuss Jesus’ somewhat controversial statement that “The Poor you will Always Have with you, but you will not always have me.” (John 12:8; Matthew 26:11; Mark 14:7. This passage or this saying of Jesus has often been used to justify the non-involvement of the church with social justice or poverty alleviation or to make proclamation or preaching the priority of the church, effectively this…
In this episode David and John discuss the concept of White Privilege with special guest, Linda Martindale from the Warehouse. What is white privilege? Where do you see it at work in society and in the church? What about those white people who really had to struggle? Does white privilege exclude the reality of hard work? Has white privilege affected the church? Should white people feel guilty? How does the…
In the light of the controversy surrounding the failure of the City of Cape Town to provide inclusive housing and the subsequent resignation of Councillor Brett Heron, David and John sit down with Caroline Powell from the Warehouse to talk about issue of spatial injustice, inclusive housing, the legacy of apartheid and the role of the church. Audio produced by Exilic Music www.exilic.co.za
In this episode David and John sit down with Tumiso Mfisa, from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Student Command, and Kwena Mashela from the Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (DASO)to discuss the role which their Christian faith plays in their political activisim. Both are committed Christians and both are actively involved in their respective political parties. Questions include: what is like being a black Christian in the DA, a party traditionally…
In this episode David and John review and discuss the South African movie Ellen: The Ellen Pakkies Story, the story of a mother who murdered her tik (crystal meth) addicted son in 2007. This movie, with strong Christian themes, tells the harrowing, true story of a family, a community and a woman whom society has failed. David and John discuss the community of Lavender Hill, in which the movie is…