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First South African Church to commit to BDS


Breaking News:

In a historic step the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA) issued a clear statement in support of the non-violent Palestinian struggle. The church’s national conference approved the resolution on 10 July 2016.

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Rev. Thulani Ndlazi, Synod Secretary of UCCSA, speaking at the conference

The declaration names the danger of Christian Zionism and its literal reading of the Bible which confuses the Old Testament’s Israelites with Jewish Israelis. ‘We hear the Palestinian Christians’ appeal for help,’ they say, and we commit our support to the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Campaign.

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The statement is the first of its kind by a South African church.

What makes it even more historic is the fact that UCCSA was the only South African church who publicly supported the now historic South African Kairos call of 1985.  In it South African theologians asked the world to help end apartheid…

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Who am I? Am I a human in the eyes of the world?


I have had this blog for sometime now, but I have not published anything until today. One of the reasons I had not published anything it is because I did not know where to begin. There are so many things I would like to talk about, I have so many issues with the world as it is, with myself, but most importantly I have issues with God. Do not get me wrong  I am a believer, and I believe in God. However, I have issues with God or perhaps let me say questions that I would love God to answer. As an African and a Christian we refer to God as both a mother and a father, therefore I believe I have a right to ask questions when I do not understand. And when I am not clear on something, especially when it is an issue that affect me directly, as a human being.  The questions I have…

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Some thoughts on Creation & Marriage


I have a number of half-completed and ultimately abandoned draft posts attempting a constructive theological engagement of the issues same-sex marriage presents for the Church, and particularly the Anglican Church of Canada and broader Anglican Communion in this difficult season of its history. The drafts have all been started because I don’t feel I can remain quiet and abandoned because it’s just a difficult thing to write about well, particularly when I feel the way the conversation has been defined misses the mark in certain important ways. But here I go again…

One of the more helpful contributions of  “This Holy Estate,” the theological report commissioned by the 2013 General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada,*was its teasing apart of differences in the biblical witness between approaches grounded in Creation and those grounded in Redemption (p.47). The assumption seems to be that, if we ground our theology…

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Israel-Palestine Quiz

CAN YOU PASS THE ISRAEL-PALESTINE QUIZ? By Jeffrey Rudolph  (June 2008; last update March 2016) The Israel-Palestine conflict resonates deeply with many people. Opinions are sharply divided and gen…

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John de Gruchy: theologian and woodworker


“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.” Matthew 7:21-23

I was taught, as a young enthusiastic Christian, that “if I confessed with my lips that Jesus is Lord and believed in my heart that God raised him from the dead, I would be saved.”  The words are from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans. (10:9)  But even back then it sounded a little too easy.  Could it really be true that all I had to do to escape hell and damnation was to say “Jesus is Lord”?  What about Jesus’ own words: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.”  That was more difficult to put into practice, but it…

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The hymn “Lizalis’ idinga lakho” written by Rev Tiyo Soga (with English translation)

 Rev Tiyo Soga’s famous hym: Lizalis’ idinga lakho


“Lizalis’ idinga lakho, (Fullfil/realise your promise)

 Thixo Nkosi yenyaniso! (Faithful/Truthful God)

 Zonk’ iintlanga, zonk’ izizwe, (All races, all nations,)

 Ma zizuze usindiso. (must be saved)


 Amadolo kweli lizwe, (All knees in this world)

 Ma kagobe phambi kwakho; (Must bow before you)

 Zide zithi zonk’ iilwimi, (So that all tongues)

 Ziluxel’ udumo lwakho. (Proclaim your glory)


 Law’la, law’la, Nkosi, Yesu! (Govern/Prevail our God)

 Koza ngawe ukonwaba; (Happiness can only come through you)

 Ngeziphithi-phithi zethu, (Because of our struggles/challenges)

 Yonakele imihlaba. (The world is damaged)


 Bona izwe lakowethu, (Look at our world)

 uxolel’ izoono zalo; (Forgive our sins)

 Ungathob’ ingqumbo yakho, (Do not send your wrath)

 Luze luf’ usapho lwalo. (To kill the children)


 Yaala, Nkosi, singadeli (Prohibit us God from disobeying)

 Iimfundiso zezwi lakho; (The teachings of your Word)

 Uze usivuselele, (Revive us)

 Sive inyaniso yakho. (We can hear your Truth”)

A prayer for South Africa…at this time

A possible prayer for churches to pray on Sunday

God of this time and all time
God of light and darkness
God of hosanna and crucify
Thank you that you are passionate about us
here on the southernmost part of Africa
You were with us in struggle and victory
And today you are still with us
Thank you that you are Truth and that you set us free
Reveal only your will to us at this time
Cleanse and deliver this land from all evil
And help us to hold on to one another
As you hold on to us.

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