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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…

Source: Israel-Palestine Quiz


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”)

FAQ: Volmoed Young Leaders Training programme (VYLTP)

FAQ: Volmoed Young Leaders Training programme (VYLTP)

1. What are the dates of this programme? For 2016, the dates are 22 May to 31 July 2016
2. Why is such a programme important now? The various #mustfall movements is a clear indication that our young people are both leading and need leadership, and because this is the 40th anniversary of June 1976, the time is ideal to start this new course for young ecumenical leaders.
3. What age-group will the participants be? 20 – 30 years old
4. Is it over weekends or during the week? It is a full-time 10 week residential course
5. Where will it be held? The first week will be held in Cape Town and the rest of the 9 weeks at Volmoed retreat centre in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley, close to Hermanus in the Western Cape
6. What is the deadline to apply for 2016? We hope to have most of the applications by 22 March, two months before the course starts.
7. What will it cost? The cost for 2016 is R25 000 per participant. A deposit of R2500 must be paid by 7 April 2016. This will show your commitment to the course.
8. Will there be scholarships available and how do I apply for these? Yes, there are a few half-bursaries available (R12 500). You apply by writing to Rev Edwin Arrison at
9. Are there other suggested ways of fundraising? Yes, it will cost approximately R350 per day for you to be on the course. There is a collection list available where you can approach individuals to sponsor you for a day. Congregations can also be approached to assist, as well as individuals, businesses, trusts, etc. People can also use the crowdsourcing method to raise funds as well.
10. How do I register for the course? Simply fill in the form at
11. Will it be for South Africans only? No, young leaders from across Africa have begun to register. People in the USA, UK and Germany have also expressed interest.
12. Will this course be accredited? Yes, by Cornerstone College in Cape Town
13. Is it for Christians only? It will be Christian-based and therefore anyone who applies will have to respect that and actively participate in all the elements of the course, whether it is the worship, Bible studies or the rest of the course.
14. Who are the staff members of the course? Besides Edwin Arrison and John de Gruchy (who will be part-time), the full-time staff will be young people. For 2016, the staff will be Siki Dlanga, Louis van der Riet and Gerlyn Henry (an intern from the USA)
15. What will be the content of the course? The programme will be run under the following five themes: (1) Creation and creativity; (b) Healing and Wholeness; (c) Justice and Peace; (d) Living in Community and (5) Reconciliation. We will deal with these both theologically and theoretically. Practical lessons will be drawn from this through the see-judge-act method.
16. Will there be practical courses as well? Yes, there will be modules in fundraising and financial management; event planning and management; art; community development, social entrepreneurship, etc.
17. What else can I expect as a participant? Besides the content of the course, you will be able to enjoy the beauty of Volmoed, the whale-watching season in Hermanus, networking possibilities, dedicated staff, travel in the Overberg to the southernmost part of Africa, etc.
18. Who do I approach with enquiries? Please email Rev Edwin Arrison at
19. Which organisations support this course? Volmoed, the Centre for Christian Spirituality, Kairos SA, SACLI, The Warehouse, Desmond Tutu Centres in Cape Town and New York, the Bonnhoefer unit of the Beyers Naude Centre at Stellenbosch University, Cornerstone College.

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