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Introduction to a biblical understanding of justice and the mission of the church. A brief walk through of the Story of the Bible using the Creation, Fall, Redemption, Restoration paradigm.
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…