At our recent breakfast for Pastors and Church Leaders, John Scheepers, shared the vision and goals for Isiphambano. Calling for us to embrace a two-handed theology that both proclaims Jesus and embraces a new way of just living, both individually and collectively in South Africa today.
Jesus death on the cross is the comprehensive Jubilee event. It is through the death of Jesus that victory and liberation is brought to all of creation. The cross is not that which replaced the Jubilee (as if all the socio-political and economic aspects simply drop away leaving only a spiritual significance) it is the fulfillment of the Jubilee including the total redemptive accomplishment and final liberation from all that…
In this episode David Cloete and John Scheepers tackle the question: Why must it always be about race? Dealing with issues such as living in a racialized society, being colourblind and biblical diversity they explore what the Bible has to say about questions such as What is wrong with seeing race? Why do black people always play the race card? and Isn't there really only one race, the human race?
For over a hundred years the church has had running debates as to which is more important, social justice or gospel proclamation. In this session 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.
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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