Isiphambano provides theological resources and training to assist the church to develop a cross-centred, contextual understanding and practice of justice in their local church and community. While we will no doubt draw from, highlight, or benefit from theological reflection done in other contexts, Isiphambano’s stated aim is to provide resources and theological reflection specific to the South African context.
We aim to achieve this by providing online and offline resources:
Our online presence will take the form of developing a library of resources promoting a cross-centred, contextual approach to justice. This will encompass theological papers, sermons, seminars, book reviews, a blog, a podcast and various small group material.
Every month on our Julle Mense (“You People”) Podcast David Cloete and John Scheepers will sit down with guests from a variety of backgrounds and theological convictions to explore what Cross-Centred, Contextual Justice looks like in South Africa today. Subscribe to the podcast here.
We provide seminars, guest preaching, training workshops, experiential learning opportunities and story-telling events. We will also seek to help churches develop healthy ways of doing justice in a contextually appropriate way, making the most of accepted best practices. To this end we will partner with other specialist organisations where appropriate. Contact us to find out more.
Twice a year we run a Justice and Theology Seminar. In the past, we have invited various speakers to present papers on subjects related to Justice and Theology, followed by a time of discussion and prayer. Topics have included: The Role of the Church in Reconciliation; True Prosperity: Contextual Reflections on the Prosperity Gospel and A Theology of Violence.
Isiphambano recognises that for transformative learning to occur we need to both hear and experience truth in action. We therefore offer experiential learning opportunities which enable participants to experience, reflect on, and discuss what we see or hear through the framework of a cross centred, contextual theology. These experiential learning events would include aspects such as site visits, story-telling, creative arts and theological reflection. Potential experiences could include Story Telling across the Railway Line, A Forced Removals Experience or A History of the Church and Apartheid.
Study groups will be available for those wanting a more in-depth programme of reflection in understanding and applying cross-centred, contextual justice. These will consist of a series of set readings, monthly contact sessions, and a number of small assignments to be completed by the participants. Contact john@isiphambano for more information.
You can download our full Vision Document here