COMMUNITAS: ʼn Terugblik met die oog op die toekoms

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Communitas se 10-jarige

verjaarsdag vieringe

 

 

Op Vrydag 15 September het die personeel van Communitas, Ekklesia, die Kerkargief en personeellede van die Bellville-Sinodale kantoor saam gekuier om die 10de verjaarsdag van Communitas te vier. Hierna het die personeel as spanbou gaan aarbeie pluk op die polkadraai-aarbeiplaas – kliek hier om die foto’s te sien.

Frederick Marais skryf as volg:

Communitas is tien jaar oud vandag, ons is dankbaar is meer as ooit gemotiveer om die geleentheid wat ons gegun word te benut om, soos Pat Keifert dit uitdruk, in, saam, langs, onder en soms teen gemeentes ʼn reis te onderneem waarin ons oop is om gevorm te word deur die Woord en Gees tot gemeenskappe waarin die Koninkryk van God sigbaar word.

Lees onder die fotobeeld van die saamkuier verder aan Frederick se terugblik- en ‘n vorentoe kyk na ‘n innoverende toekoms …

Wat ʼn voorreg is dit nie om deel te kan wees van hierdie span mense nie. Communitas was nog altyd bevoorreg om as span saam te werk. Ons krag is dat ons ʼn span is waarin PSD’s en ondersteuningspersoneel mekaar ondersteun en ter wille van die gemeentes wat ons bedien, bereid is om waagstukke aan te gaan.

Eers ʼn vinnige terugblik:

Michiel van der Merwe was die eerste Direkteur van BUVTON (Buro vir Voortgesette Teologiese Onderrig en Navorsing). BUVTON is gevestig vanuit die droom van Prof David de Villiers: dat daar ʼn plek moet wees waar predikante versorg en ontwikkel kan word. Vir hierdie droom het hy geld ingesamel en so is BUVTON gevestig as ʼn buro van die Fakulteit Teologie. Sedert die middeltagtigs het Michiel die fondament gelê vir wat ons vandag as Communitas ken. Michiel het van die begin af spanne mense ingetrek en bemagtig om te help met bediening aan gemeentes en predikante.

Konferensie van Vineyard in Kaapstad

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Die VBO taakspan bring graag hierdie konferensie van Vineyard onder ons predikante se aandag. Die taakspan “moedig predikante aan om sover moontlik óók konferensies en kursusse van ons ekumeniese vennote by te woon. In die uitleef van ons missionale roeping is dit belangrik dat ons blootstelling kry van ander kerke en groepe.”
Hierdie onderstaande konferensie is reeds verby, en net ‘n voorbeeld van die kwaliteit van geleenthede wat in ons land aangebied word.

 

 

 

 

Craig Keener is opgelei as historikus van die klassieke Grieks-Romeinse tydperk. Hy was ‘n uitgesproke ateïs, maar het tot geloof gekom nadat hy uitgedaag is om die Bybel met ‘n oop gemoed te lees. Hy het by ‘n Pinksterkerk aangesluit en in Nuwe Testament studeer, en daarna gespesialiseer in Grieks-Romeinse en Joodse letterkunde van ongeveer 450 vC tot 250 nC. Sy kennis van die literatuur van hierdie tydperk, wat die konteks is van die Nuwe Testament, is ongeëwenaard – hy word gereeld na verwys as ‘n lopende ensiklopedie!

Daarom skryf Craig Kube en Ricky Cupido, die koördineerders van  Vineyard Western Cape ‘n brief wat hier onder volg, en wat hulle afsluit met:

Pawn your watch, sell your car, drive, Uber, ride a bike, walk or crawl – but get there!

Below is a snippet from a blurb from Costa Mitchell, National Director of Vineyard Churches SA endorsing this EPIC conference and motivating you why you should not miss out on this important event!!!

WHY CRAIG KEENER?

…What you will discover by attending this conference is the blend of passionate commitment to God’s Presence and Power, and resulting encounter with God, together with rigorous scholarship and communication of truth. All of this in a package of humility and self-deprecating humour and thrilling personal story.

You can read more about Dr. Keener’s personal conversion from atheism at http://www.salvomag.com/new/articles/salvo41/the-miracle-writer.php.

 

 

Winter School presentations /Winterskool aanbiedings

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 Winterskool 2017

Lesings en uitdeelstukke

Winter School 2017

Papers & Presentations

 

Here are the links to a few of the papers presented at the Winter School:

Spirituality and Transforming Worship – Dr Bruce Theron

Spirituality and Transforming Worship? Individual and collective experiences of Jesus’ presence (and absence) in John’s Gospel –  Elna Mouton

The handout for Prof Elna Mouton’s session: Handout_Elna Mouton

Gender, Church, Society and Us: From deformation to affirmation  and reformation  – Olojede Funlola

We the people of South Africa. . . Adopt this Constitution so as to . . . Improve the quality of life of all citizens and free the potential of each person –  Judge Majiedt

Ministry that informs and Transforms – Dr JFMarais

Breaking the leadership mould in South Africa – Magda Fourie-Malherbe

Rev Dr Leon Klein did not have notes or a paper on his session “Developing a pastoral care system in congregations” but his book, Centres of Healing, on which his presentation was based can be ordered directly from them. Please contact us for more information.

 

 

 

Reforming the Church, Society and Ourselves

Written by Wilma le Roux on . Posted in Ekklesia, Konferensies, VBO

 Winterskool

2017

Winter School

 

The Winter School of 2017, hosted by the Faculty of Theology of the Stellenbosch University, in collaboration with Communitas, Ekklesia and the Beyers Naudé Centre has come to an end.

The 3 main themes and key note speakers were:

  • Reforming Society: Judge Steven Majiedt, Supreme Court of Appeal
  • Reforming the Church: Dr Ishmael Noko, President of the Inter-faith Action for Peace in Africa
  • Reforming Ourselves: Dr Magaret Blackie, Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science, Stellenbosch University

The photo’s, quotes and video clips here and the larger ones on YouTube (see links below) will tell you the story…

Scroll way down to below to see the group photos of each day’s presenters!

Klankopnames Missionale Konferensie

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Ons was bevoorreg dat die sprekers wat tydens die Missionale Konferensie van 15-16 Mei opgetree het, se toesprake tog opgeneem kon word, en as klank-opnames (‘pod-casts’) van dropbox afgelaai kan word. 

Ons plak graag weer die skakels na die powerpoint-aanbiedings hier:

Ecclesiology in the New Testament – Prof Marius Nel : NT Ecclesiology – Marius Nel

Response from a 21st century unban context – Rev Ralph Afghan: A Missional Re-imagining of the Church – 21st Century – R Afghan

Luther – Rev Felix Meylahn: PP for Luther’s Ecclesiology – Meylahn

Ecclesiology in the Reformation  – Dr Coenie Burger: Missional Ecclesiology_Coenie Burger

Calvin – Prof Robert Vosloo: A Church that looks in the mirror – RR Vosloo

‘Why be church differently?’‘Being church differently: what can and can’t we change?’ and  ‘Handing the church over’ – Dr Michael Moynach: South Africa 2017. Three Lectures – M Moynach

Ecclesial Re-imagination of the missionary movement in Africa? – Prof Klippies Kritzinger: Reimagining mission – Klippies Kritzinger

A Missional Re-imagination of the Church Order – Prof Nelus Niemandt: Kerkorde en missionale kerk Nelus Niemandt

Staatskaping : Verklaring van die SARK

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Gemeentes kan gerus hierdie belangwekkende verklaring van die SARK deel op hulle gemeenteblaaie of ‘n kopie daarvan beskikbaar maak vir gemeentelede om te lees.

Dit is uiters noodsaaklik dat gemeentes ingelig word tov die stem van die ekumeniese kerk oor staatskaping in ons land.

 

State of Capture: Much More Than Corruption

“Our experience had made us acutely aware of the possible dangers of a government that is neither
transparent nor accountable. To this end our Constitution contains several mechanisms to ensure
that government will not be part of the problem” – Nelson Mandela, 1996 –

 

The Power Elite Anchored at the Top

• “If it were up to me and I made the rules, I would ask for six months as a dictator. You would
see wonders, South Africa would be straight. That’s why if you give me six months, and allow Zuma
to be a dictator, you would be amazed. Absolutely. Everything would be straight. Right now to make
a decision you need to consult. You need a resolution, decision, collective petition, Yoh! It’s a
lot of work.”
– President Zuma, July 2016.

7 Ways The President’s Power-Elite Undermines the State

1. Securing control over state wealth, through the capture of state- owned companies by
chronically weakening their governance and operational structures.
2. Securing control over the public service by weeding out skilled professionals.
3. Securing access to rent-seeking opportunities by shaking down regulations to their advantage,
and to the disadvantage of South Africans.
4. Securing control over the country’s fiscal sovereignty.
5. Securing control over strategic procurement opportunities by intentionally weakening key
technical institutions and formal executive processes.
6. Securing a loyal intelligence and security apparatus.
7. Securing parallel governance and decision-making structures that undermine the executive.

Die Verklaring sluit af met die volgende:

#7 of 7: Undermining of Collective Political Institutions in the Executive

There appears to be concerted efforts underway that undermine collective political institutions in
the Executive, including Cabinet. It appears that critical decisions are delegated to handpicked
groups, masked as Inter-Ministerial Committees, that are able to function in an unaccountable
manner. Recent examples include:
• The IMC on Banks (purportedly set up to investigate the regulations and legislation that govern
them, but strangely chaired by Mines Minister Mosebenzi Zwane and set up after the Bank’s closed
the Gupta bank accounts);
• The IMC on Communication, unusually chaired by the President;
• The National Nuclear Energy Co-ordination Committee (NNEECC), as already
stated above, and chaired by President Zuma.
The nature of IMC’s is that in and of themselves they lack transparency, in that they do not report
to Parliament (which individual members of Cabinet are required to do) and they are not formulated
in legislation (as is the case of formal Cabinet Structures).
In essence, we must ask the question whether Cabinet is still able to function as a
forum for honest deliberation on matters of public policy.

Om die hele dokument af te laai, kliek hier: Final MEDIA SACC presentation

 

BAM Cafe Stellenbosch

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AIM South Africa (AIM-ZA) is hosting a BAM Café at the Hofmeyrsaal Foyer in Stellenbosch on Monday 22 May at 9h00.

We would like to expose Christian business & sports people to the opportunities there are to impact the un-reached of Africa with the Gospel and bless their respective communities with their business & entrepreneurial skills. For most of these Creative Access Nations (CANs) , the traditional way of sending cross cultural workers is not possible.

We have invited a consultant to businesses in CAN areas, Walt M, to be the speaker at our first BAM Café. He will explain the concept of Business as Mission and the opportunities for South African Business people in various areas of business like tourism, agriculture, import & export, educational services etc. We do not use full names of the speakers because of the sensitive nature of their work.  For sports people, come and hear how X-fit is being used to reach the un-reached.

Gerhard Pietersen  our new director will host the event.

It is important to RSVP for catering requirements. We don’t want you to miss out on your cup of coffee!

RSVP: Marlene at Marlene.
See the invitation here: Event invite-BAM 2

Together for the Kingdom

Marlene G ( CX mobiliser)