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WCC acknowledges Mennonite churches’ work for peace

Isabel Apawo Phiri at the Mennonite World Conference Assembly
Contributions by Mennonites to the ecumenical movement were acknowledged with appreciation by Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, associate general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) during her address at the 16th Assembly of Mennonite World Conference.

24 July 2015

Contributions by Mennonites to the ecumenical movement were acknowledged with appreciation by Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, associate general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) during her address at the 16th Assembly of Mennonite World Conference.

“The ecumenical family learns from your commitment to a theology of peace,” said Phiri, while addressing the assembly on 23 July, in Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Thuli Ndlovu, the Abahlali baseMjondolo Chairperson in KwaNdengezi, was Assassinated last Night

Between half past six and seven last night an armed man burst into Thuli Ndlovu’s home in KwaNdengezi while she was watching TV. He shot her seven times and she died on the scene.Thuli Ndlovu was the Chairperson in KwaNdengezi for Abahlali baseMjondolo.

Between half past six and seven last night an armed man burst into Thuli
Ndlovu’s home in KwaNdengezi while she was watching TV. He shot her seven
times and she died on the scene. There were two other people in the house at
the time. One was Sphe Madlala, an 18 year old neighbour. He finished matric
last year and did very well in physics and maths. Our movement has been trying
to help him to get into university. He had come to the house to help Thuli’s
17 year old daughter, Sli, with her matric studies in maths and science. Sphe

Churches seek life, peace, justice and dignity for Africa

At the 50th Jubilee anniversary of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), church leaders from more than forty African countries have asked how they can rise up against the shackles of the colonial legacy, conflicts, poverty, class struggles and political upheavals, to unlock Africa's immense potential.

At the 50th Jubilee anniversary of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), church leaders from more than forty African countries have asked how they can rise up against the shackles of the colonial legacy, conflicts, poverty, class struggles and political upheavals, to unlock Africa's immense potential.

 

These questions were addressed by more than a thousand church representatives in Kampala, Uganda, at the AACC's 10th Assembly titled “God of life, lead Africa to peace, justice and dignity”, 3 to 9 June.

 

Catholic Bishops express deep concern at the current education problems in the Eastern Cape Province

Children are the hope and future of the nation. Consequently, the Southern African Catholic Bishops, express their deep concern about the current crisis effecting schools in the Eastern Cape Province. Access to education is a matter of simple justice for each child - and it is incumbent on Government to provide it without fail.

Children are the hope and future of the nation. Consequently, the Southern African Catholic Bishops, express their deep concern about the current crisis effecting schools in the Eastern Cape Province. Access to education is a matter of simple justice for each child - and it is incumbent on Government to provide it without fail.

Accountability & Forgiveness

Every year on this coming Sunday the parish of St. George’s Cathedral celebrates the life of two heroes of the struggle against apartheid, Steve Biko and Beyers Naudé. This year this coincides with the tenth anniversary of “9/11”, that terrifyingly dark day so deeply etched in our memories. I have been asked to preach in the Cathedral on Sunday so I share some of my preparatory thoughts with you. What do we as Christians say and do in a world of terror and war, violence and vengeance?

Abahlali baseMjondolo, Western Cape Welcomes Solidarity from the Cape Town Churches

On Wednesday 31 August Abahlali baseMjondolo in the Western Cape had an important meeting with a number of church leaders and church organisations. The meeting was held in Khayelitsha and was called by the church leaders.

Written by Mzonke Poni (Chairperson, Abahlali baseMjondolo, Western Cape Region)

On Wednesday 31 August Abahlali baseMjondolo in the Western Cape had an important meeting with a number of church leaders and church organisations. The meeting was held in Khayelitsha and was called by the church leaders.

The church leaders present included:

Dr. Thabo Makgoba, Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town
Dr. Stephen Brislin, Catholic Archbishop of Cape Town

Message of the WCC presidents at Pentecost 2011

Power from the Holy Spirit, drawing on “the uncreated energy of God” and revealing the Word of God in Jesus Christ, is the divine blessing for which Christians give thanks on the Sunday of Pentecost.

Renewal and witness at the heart of Pentecost


Power from the Holy Spirit, drawing on “the uncreated energy of God” and revealing the Word of God in Jesus Christ, is the divine blessing for which Christians give thanks on the Sunday of Pentecost.

African faiths praised for peace-making role

A Kenyan politician has praised the faiths in Africa for taking a leading role in peace-making through practical activities such as providing water and creating understanding among communities.

A Kenyan politician has praised the faiths in Africa for taking a leading role in peace-making through practical activities such as providing water and creating understanding among communities.

"I am delighted you have gone beyond taking peace in a simple definition and you are doing it practically," said Chirau Ali Makwere, Kenya's Minister for Trade, while opening the 5th Interfaith Action for Peace in Africa (IFAPA) Commission meeting in Mombasa on 11 March. "The fact that you are using water to bring peace is a first in the world," he said. 



Opinion: U2 and the art of subversion

I didn’t know the word subversive when I moved to the United States. One of my friends/mentors introduced me to the word. Subversives intend to destabilize in a manner that is not a head-on collision. It is like the scattering of seed or the telling of parables, instead of planting a full grown plant one buries a seed under the ground. This seed has within itself the slow momentum of change or subversion. Sub = “from below” + vertere = “to turn”.

Written by Tom Smith

I didn’t know the word subversive when I moved to the United States. One of my friends/mentors introduced me to the word. Subversives intend to destabilize in a manner that is not a head-on collision. It is like the scattering of seed or the telling of parables, instead of planting a full grown plant one buries a seed under the ground. This seed has within itself the slow momentum of change or subversion. Sub = “from below” + vertere = “to turn”.

Opinion: The good, the bad, the ugly—There are still decent people despite all the corruption

Remember the soccer World Cup, so spectacularly staged on these shores not so many moons ago? One of the most rewarding aspects of that tournament was that we were all so proud of our country. The stories of ordinary people doing great and selfless things poured out. Our officials, from the police to the immigration authorities, were exemplary in their behaviour.

Written by Justice Malala

Remember the soccer World Cup, so spectacularly staged on these shores not so many moons ago?

One of the most rewarding aspects of that tournament was that we were all so proud of our country. The stories of ordinary people doing great and selfless things poured out. Our officials, from the police to the immigration authorities, were exemplary in their behaviour.

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