Anabaptist theologies in South Africa – Continuing the Conversation: Conference Invitation and Call for Papers

  10 July -   
In 2013 the Anabaptist Network in South Africa (ANiSA) organized a first round table of presentations and conversations focusing on Anabaptist theologies in South Africa. This first round of conversations was held at Volmoed Retreat Centre near Hermanus, and included the voices of John de Gruchy, Bonolo Makgale, Allen Goddard, Graham Philpot and Tony Balcomb, as well as international contributions from Andrew and Robert Suderman and Joe Sawatsky. After this first round of presentations and conversations we recognize that the theme was far from exhausted. Thus, we are opening a call to participate in a second Anabaptist theologies in South Africa conversation.
Dr. Rowan Williams (pic courtesy WCC)  

Unity is God’s gift to the church, says Archbishop of Canterbury

  28 February -   
On the morning of 28 February, his second day visiting the offices of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva, Archbishop Rowan Williams of the Church of England addressed a round table discussion on the unity of the Christian church.
 

Kenyan Mennonites make history by writing it

  9 February -   
Nine Kenyan delegates and three editors gathered together at the Mennonite Guest House in Nairobi the last week in January. Their task: to proof the manuscript of a history of the Kenya Mennonite Church (KMC), a Mennonite World Conference member church - writes Debbi DiGennaro.
(pic courtesy WCC)  

Churches are called to be peacemakers in Africa

  3 February -   
Amidst increasing security issues in several African countries plagued by violence, political turmoil, religious intolerance and lack of democratic governance, churches are called to engage in peace-building, said African church leaders in a presentation on “Burning issues of insecurity in Africa” at a World Council of Churches (WCC) consultation in Kigali, Rwanda.
 

Anglican Bishops express Solidarity with Zimbabwean Church as Archbishop of Cape Town prepares to travel to Harare

  30 September -   
Southern Africa’s Bishops have reaffirmed their support for Anglicans in Zimbabwe, as Archbishop Thabo Makgoba prepares to accompany the Archbishop of Canterbury on his pastoral visit there next month.
 

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

  6 September -   
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.
(pic Ansel Oliver/Adventist News)  

First conversation between Adventists, Mennonites focuses on living Christian life

  22 July -   
This month's formal conversation between leaders of the Mennonite World Conference and the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists offered the opportunity for both groups to share their beliefs and dispel misunderstandings in a receptive forum, leaders of both groups said.
 

Message of the WCC presidents at Pentecost 2011

  7 June -   
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.
 

Peacemaking can be rooted in theology and mission

  31 May -   
Making peace, as an integral part of the life of church mission and witness, has not been as common as one might think. Rather, the opposite seems to be true, as, throughout history the church has found itself pointing the sharper rather than the blunt edge of the sword, many times using violence in the name of God. Following closely behind has been mission and theology – either justifying it or keeping silent.
 

Mennonites appoint first leader from Global South

  7 May -   
The Mennonite World Conference (MWC) said it has appointed Cesar Garcia of Bogota, Colombia as general secretary-elect, marking the first time the denomination has chosen a leader from the Global South.