What is Isiphambano?

Isiphambano Centre for Biblical Justice is a study and training centre dedicated to developing a holistic, theological, and cross-shaped response to racial and economic injustice within the South African context.

Isiphambano is an isiZulu word which carries two distinct meanings. Firstly it, carries the meaning of a physical cross, reflecting the centrality of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in our understanding of biblical justice. Secondly it carries the idea of “crossing paths” reflecting our conviction that the pursuit of cross shaped justice will require us to cross paths with one another, to learn from one another, to listen to one another and to be shaped by one another. Finally, as we “cross paths” in pursuing a theology of “cross-centric” justice it is our conviction that those of us divided by race and economics will begin to find one another again in deep, just and reconciled relationships. The cross sets us free to begin the painful yet beautiful journey of “crossing paths” with one another in restoration and reconciliation.

You can download our full Vision Document here