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Winterskool 2016 laat ons dink …

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

 Winterskool 2016

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Die afgelope Wintereskool by die Fakulteit Teologie op Stellenbosch is bygewoon deur ongeveer 225 persone uit meer as 20 verskillende denominasies en geloofstradisies. Daar is gepraat, geluister, geleer en gekuier rondom die tema van ‘n Tuiste vir almal – die toekoms van die Christendom en ons jeug in Afrika.

Hier onder is ‘n paar fotos en indrukke van enkele konferensiegangers,  asook ‘n samevatting oor die 3 dae wat gemaak is deur Danie O’Kennedy.

#WinterSchool16 @theologystel is starting today. Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Soweto Uprising – asking the questions ‘Is South Africa a home for us all?’ ‘How can we help to make SA a home for us all?’ Prof Bosman, Dr Theron, Ms Wiid, Re Geja in this picture. — with Dewald HoffmannBruce Theron and Hendrik Bosman at Faculty of Theology.  Prof Bosman
 Rev Geja  Rev Nkosinathi Geja leading the morning devotion on the prodigal children and the welcoming parent. Is the Church’s body language one that is open to the world in love? Looking towards the world, running to embrace, opening a home of blessing for all. The Church should not be inward looking, it should not be stationary, it should not be exclusive, but a welcoming place for all! — at Faculty of Theology.
Rev Esmé Bowers is the opening keynote speaker @TheologyStel #Winterschool16 , sharing her inspiring and challenging story of being faithful to the whole Gospel, for the whole world, through the whole Church. As a pastor, activist, mother, community leader and disciple she invited the conference members to discover their calling, to live with faithfulness and courage in the current time. Deeply challenging and very inspiring. In the last 40 years she has been part of many significant movements and challenges in the Church and society. Simple acts of courage and faithfulness, and even a willingness to ‘swim against the tide’ have achieved much for the common good! — at Faculty of Theology.  Esme Bowers 2
 Esme Bowers  

Rev Esmé Bowers Winter School – The church needs to have a heart for all!

 Two young activists @qina_qina and @eksjaco helping us to understand and reflect upon current student and youth movements of justice and transformation. ‪#‎winterschool16  Qina
 Pieter Grove  Rev Pieter Grove speaking on 1976 then and now. He was jailed as a high school pupil in 1976 for activities related to student activism. We are thinking about the issues then, and the issues now. So much has changed, but very little is different! We still struggle with race, economics, class, gender, exclusion and distrust. His reflection helps me to gain some insight into the politics of impatience and the politics of identity among students today. We have much work to do to engage the ongoing injustice that still exists with unequal education – what has changed 40 years on? — with Pieter Grove at Faculty of Theology.
 Lovelyn Nwadeyi speaks at the Winter School and challenges the church as having a too ritualistic religion and for commodifying salvation. This while the church is silent on socioeconomic and sociopolitical matters. Engage young people and question prevailing traditional orthodox beliefs. Micah – what does the Lord require of us?  Lovelyn Nwadeyi
 Lovelyn Nwayedi speaks  #winterschool Lovelyn Nwadeyi “church cannot continue as usual in unusual times”
 Prof Brian O’Connel “Industrial output, pollution and population are up, while resources and food are diminishing. The church on its own cannot succeed. A deep cultural change for sustainability is needed. Our culture is not energetic and inquisitive enough. This calls for greater creativity in a changing environment.” Wow!  Prof Brian O Connel

Danie deel sy indrukke as volg:

Die eerste is dat ons verskeie versillende stemme gehoor het in die 3 dae. Sommiges het ons ongemaklik laat voel, sommiges het ons getroos en ander het ons geïnspireer. Een van die belangrikste dinge in enige huis is dat ons moet tyd maak om na mekaar te luister. Danie sê dat hy bevoorreg was om rond te stap en by baie van die sessies wat aangebied is, in te loer. Daarom kan hy ‘n paar indrukke met ons deel.

‘n Ode aan my VG kollegas

Written by Frederick on . Posted in Padlangs met gemeentes, Transformasie

Verlede week was ek by ‘n geleentheid waar ‘n senior joernalis verwys het na die bekende essay van Samuel Scudder  “Take This Fish and Look at It,”  Dit is die verhaal van ‘n jong entomoloog (insektekundige)  wat van sy professor die opdrag kry om na ‘n vis te kyk en sy waarnemings neer te skryf.  Aanvanklik dink hy dit is ‘n maklike opdrag en skryf hy vinnig neer wat hy waarneem. Die professor in nie tevrede nie en hy moet weer na die vis kyk, sonder dat die professor tevrede is. Toe neem die porefessor die vis weg en vra hom om sy waarnemings neer te skryf  noudat hy nie meer fisies na die vis kan kyk nie. Die student begin noodgedwonge op ‘n ander manier “kyk” en nadink oor wat hy gesien het, en maak ontdekkings oor die vis wat hy nooit gedink het moontlik is nie.  Dit is by hierdie dieper kyk, wanneer ‘n joernalis gebore word, het die senior joernalis aan die nuwelinge gese.  Ek dink dit is goeie raad vir hoe ons uit die verskillende kerke na mekaar kyk.

Belhar en die Holocaust Museum

Written by Jannie Swart on . Posted in Tussenin

Die fokus van hoofstroom nuus hierdie week in Amerika was, en is steeds, die geweldsdaad in die Holocaust Museum (waarin ‘n sekuriteitsbeampte gesterf het), en wat volgens alle tekens gemotiveer was deur ‘n verregse ekstremis se haat teenoor Jode en swartmense.  Dit is uiters relevant dat dit juis in ‘n week gebeur waar kerklike nuus toegespits was op die Reformed Church in America (RCA) se aanvaarding van die Belhar Belydenis as hul vierde belydenis naas die Heidelbergse Kategismus, die Dordtse Leerreels, en die Nederlandse Geloofsbelydenis (sien http://www.rca.org/Page.aspx?pid=5728).  Die relevansie het alles te make met Belhar se belydenis oor diversiteit as konstituerend vir eenheid, in verhouding tot haatgroepe se belydenis oor diversiteit as ‘n bedreiging vir eenheid.

Dit is ‘n relevansie wat my veral opgeval het toe ek vandag Brian Levin, direkteur van die Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism (wat vanjaar ‘n boek uitgebring het oor “Hate Crimes: Understanding and Defining Hate Crimes”), se CNN kommentaar lees waarin hy o.a. op die bedreiging van diversiteit wys as onderliggende oorsaak van hierdie soort geweld (sien http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/06/11/levin.hate/index.html).  En dit het my onmiddellik laat dink aan ‘n referaat wat Piet Naude al in Januarie 2003 by die Vyfde Ekumeniese Forum in Heidelberg, Duitsland gelewer het oor Confessing the One Faith: Theological Resonance between the Creed of Nicea (325 AD) and the Confession of Belhar (1982 AD).  Hierin skryf Piet o.a. die volgende oor Belhar se belydenis aangaande die identiteit van die Kerk:  “The reference to the church as a communion of saints enables Belhar to implicitly assert a contradiction to a view of community where differentiation is seen as ground for separation in stead of opportunities for mutual service and enrichment in the one visible people of God.” In terme van die Belhar belydenis beteken dit, skryf Piet op ‘n ander plek (in sy Mei 2007 lesing by die Universiteit van Chicago oor “It is Your Duty to be Human: Anthropology and Ethics in a Post-Liberation South Africa”), dat andersheid en diversiteit “should not be embedded in a tyrannical separateness, but in a celebration of difference within a constitutionally guaranteed commitment to unity and equality.” Die RCA het duidelik gedink dat Belhar uiters relevant is vir hierdie belydenis van die Kerk in ‘n Amerikaanse konteks van toenemende diversiteit waar eendersheid dikwels verabsoluteer word as ‘n vereiste vir die oorlewing van gemeenskappe of groepe wat hulself as bedreigd beskou deur “die ander”.

Vir Belhar is hierdie belydenis oor diversiteit as konstituerend vir eenheid nie gebore uit politieke opportunisme wat diversiteit romantiseer nie, maar diep gewortel in die Kerk deur die eeue se belydenis oor wie God is.  Die Drie-enige God is immers in wese een identiteit wat ons vanuit die Bybel alleen maar ken as ‘n ryke diversiteit van drie Persone in trinitariese verhouding binne daardie eenheid.  Piet skryf, “(in Belhar) the trinitarian base of faith is translated into more elaborate ecclesiological terms so that the unity of the triune God becomes motivation for an is reflected in the unity of the community of saints.” Daarom begin Belhar met ‘n trinitariese belydenis (eerste twee artikels) en sluit dit af met ‘n trinitariese doksologie (artikel 5).  Is hierdie belydenis oor die Drie-enige God blote dogma vir meeste gemeentes, of kan dit dalk ‘n bron van inspirasie wees vir hoe ons gestalte gee aan gemeentelike identiteit te midde van diverse gemeenskappe?  Is gemeentes meer gesteld daarop om laaste bastionne van eendersheid te wees te midde van die bedreiging van andersheid, of kan dit dalk ‘n omhelsing wees van diversiteit as ‘n verryking en voorwaarde vir ware eenheid?  Gemeentes wat iets van hierdie moeilike uitdaging regkry moet asseblief aanhou vertel van die mislukkings en die suksesse, sodat ons kan leer…