Retraite vir diens-beroepe

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Courage and Renewal Retreat

WHAT to expect?

  • A time of reflection and community
  • A first hand experience of some of the concepts and methods described by Parker Palmer in his book Hidden Wholeness.
  • A rich sharing of the wisdom of the work by the co-founders of the Centre of Courage and Renewal, Marcy and Rick Jackson
  • Possible Skype conversation with Parker Palmer
  • Skilled facilitators help create a safe, quiet, and disciplined space—a Circle of Trust—in which the noise within us and around us can subside, where introspection becomes possible. In large group, small group, and solitary settings, you will explore the intersection of your personal and professional lives, making use of stories from your own journeys, and insights from poets, storytellers, and various wisdom traditions.

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Winterskool 2016 laat ons dink …

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 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.

Dallas Willard in South Africa 8-13 August

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DALLAS WILLARD is a Professor in the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He has taught at USC since 1965, where he was Director of the School of Philosophy from 1982-1985. He has also taught at the University of Wisconsin (Madison, 1960-1965), and has held visiting appointments at UCLA (1969) and the University of Colorado (1984)

Dallas is considered to be a leading thinker in Christian spiritual formation and his books include Renovation of the Heart published in May 2002, and received Christianity Today’s 2003 Book Award in the category of Spirituality. The Divine Conspiracy was released in 1998 and selected Christianity Today’s “Book of the Year” for 1999. The Spirit of the Disciplines appeared in 1988, and Hearing God (1999) first appeared as In Search of Guidance in 1984 (2nd edition in 1993). More recent publications include The Great Omission and Knowing Christ Today.

He has served on the boards of the C.S. Lewis Foundation and Biola University, and is a member of numerous evaluation committees for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (accreditation).




12-14 October: Discipleship and responsible citizenship

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Congregations & Public Life:
Discipleship and responsible citizenship
[VBO 25  ]

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Presenters: Nico Koopman and  Chris Jones
Date: 12 – 14 October 2010
Venue:  Stellenbosch

Course description:
This course focuses on our dual calling to be disciples of Christ and responsible citizens in democratic societies. Themes to be dealt with are, amongst others, the nurturing of people with Christian habitus (ie civic virtue and public integrity), sound discernment and courageous action, who contribute to the building of dignifying public habitats (ie societies in which all of life blossom and flourish).

Participants deepen their knowledge, values and skills regarding:

  • the relationship between loyalty to Christ and his reign (Christocracy) and participation in a democracy, ie  between loyalty to Christ and his reign (Christocracy) and participation in a democracy, ie between discipleship and responsible citizenship;
  • the vision, values and obligations of the so-called good society – habitat;
  • the nurturing of discipleship and citizenship in various moral spaces that embodies character, virtue and integrity (wholeness, holiness) – habitus;
  • the deepening and strengthening of processes of moral judgement, moral discernment and practical moral wisdom, in both personal life and public life – moral decisions and actions.

12-14 October: Early Church… Congregations

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What can we learn from the early church about congregations? [VBO 24] 

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Presenters: Robert Vosloo, Ian Nell and Guillaume Smit
Date: 12 – 14 October 2010
Place: Stellenbosch

Congregations can learn much from the Early Church. Today congregations are facing different challenges than those which confronted the young Christian movement in die early Christian centuries. Nevertheless, those centuries were very formative for the church. Therefore this course attends more closely to how the early Christian communities embodied their faith (often in difficult circumstances). It is our conviction that such an engagement can be very fruitful, helping us to look with new eyes at our understanding of congregations and ministry today. Looking back at the past can provide resources that might enable us to reflect and act more faithfully and imaginatively.
There is currently a renewed interest in the historical and theologically study of the Early Church. This course wants to draw on some of this reflection and rethink the implications thereof for our own contexts.

Much is being said about what we can learn about congregations and ministry in the New Testament. The New Testament is indeed an important source in this regard. In addition, it is however also very valuable to look at the practices of the early Christian communities during the first centuries. In this course the focus is mainly, although not exclusively, on the period before Constantine. This course will address matters such as:

  •  Worship and liturgy in the Early Church. What can we learn from the Early Church about worship, baptism and the Eucharist?  What are the theological logic that comes to the fore in this regard? And what can we learn about the ministry of the Word (including from some of the famous preachers such as Ambrose and Chrysostom)? 
  • Membership. What did it mean in the first Christian centuries to be part of a Christian community? On which grounds were certain people included and other excluded? In this regard some controversies (such as the question of the “lapsed” or the Donatist controversy) makes for interesting test cases. 
  • The role of Christians in society. How did the early Christians (who were often persecuted) understood their identity as Christians?  What did their Christian identity mean for their everyday life, for their spirituality and morality?  
  • Organization and “leadership” in the Early Church. How did the Early Church think about bishops?  How did the different ministries of the church develope? 


  • To learn more about new historical and theological work pertaining to the Early Church, as well as to revisit some classical texts. 
  • To encourage a stronger theological engagement with the practice and theology of the Early Church.
  • To understand better the contexts in which the Christians of the first centuries lived out their faith. 
  • To learn more about views in the Early Church on worship, liturgical practices and spirituality and to integrate these perspectives wisely into our own theological frameworks and praxis.
  •  To develop the skills to bring our own contexts in a responsible way into conversation with the beliefs and practices of the Early Church.

4-6 May: Deeply Rooted – Congregations in search…

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VBO 22:  Deeply Rooted: Congregations in search of an inspiring vision for God’s earth

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Presenters: Prof Ernst Conradie (UWC), Ms Kate Davies (SAFCEI) and Bishop Geoff Davies (Anglican Church, SAFCEI)
Date: 4–6 May 2010
Place:  Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch
Themes and goals
The purpose of this workshop is to explore the ways in which local Christian congregations/parishes/faith communities are addressing ecological concerns. In what ways have Christians been responding to environmental threats? How should they respond? What could they realistically do in this regard?

The workshop will investigate how these questions suggest a double-sided agenda. Firstly, there are questions about what local Christian communities could contribute to address and overcome environmental threats. Secondly, ecological concerns raise challenges to churches that may require from Christians nothing less than an ecological reformation, transformation and conversion. This reformation touches upon every aspect of our lives – our habits, attitudes, values, virtues, thought patterns, the way in which we read the Bible, our ministries, our understanding of the Christian faith, our worldviews and cosmologies.

The theme of this workshop “deeply rooted” is also double-sided. On the one hand, it suggests that churches should respond to ecological concerns on their own terms, drawing on the deepest roots of the Christian tradition, the Bible, the Christian faith, theological resources, liturgies, prayers, saints and martyrs. An ecological reformation would therefore require from Christians to delve deeper into their own faith, not necessarily to adopt agendas from the outside. On the other hand, it emphasises that local congregations are indeed local, located, rooted in a particular context and soil. How could the church become indigenous? How could the gospel take root in this earth? This requires from Christians to keep together faith in God as Creator of heaven and earth and as Saviour, the product of God’s work and the message of the redemption of the earth (not from the earth). This is only possible if the tension between roots and vision (roots and wings) is maintained. What is required from local Christian communities is to learn to look at God’s earth through God’s eyes – with compassion and justice. The role of the liturgy and Christian worship is therefore crucial.
During the course we will investigate the following themes:
• Where do churches stand on ecological concerns?
• What are the main ecological problems that we are faced with?
• Why is addressing ecological concerns regarded as a moral and spiritual problem?
• What impact does consumerism have on the church itself?
• Why should Christians address ecological concerns on their own terms? Why should Christians be engaged in earthkeeping?
• What, then, can pastors do to engage in an ecological reformation of Christianity and to respond to environmental threats?

After this course participants should be able to …
• Articulate how local churches are responding to environmental threats and how they could be responding;
• Explain what is meant by an “integrated notion of the environment”;
• List the most important global and local environmental threats;
• Explain why environmental problems such as climate change is regarded by many as a moral and indeed spiritual problem
• Articulate their own dominant theological rationale for earthkeeping;
• Discuss its strengths and weakness in comparison with other theological rationales;
• List the full range of levels at which a local Christian congregation can respond to ecological concerns;
• Explain what is meant by the notion of an “eco-congregation”; and
• Identify the three most important earthkeeping initiatives that would be feasible within the congregations where they are ministering.

23-25 Maart: Preaching_Prediking

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Prediking (Tweetalige aanbieding) [VBO 21]

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Aanbieders: Johan Cilliers en ander
Datum: 23 – 25 Maart 2010
Plek: Stellenbosch

Tema en doel: 
Prediking kan maklik in ‘n niksseggende roetine ontaard, ‘n meganiese onderdeel van die erediens, uitgevoer deur ‘n kerklike funksionaris. Baie mense bevraagteken in elk geval die sinvolheid daarvan in die tyd waarin ons leef. Kan die prediking werklik (nog) ‘n verskil maak in ‘n era van verskuiwende paradigmas en veranderende samelewings? Is die dae van prediking en (groot) predikers verby? Of moet die (vorm van die) prediking dalk drasties verander word? Het die prediking nog (profetiese) potensiaal vir ‘n Suid-Afrikaanse samelewing wat skynbaar al hoe meer op losse skroewe staan? In die gereformeerde tradisie is die prediking aan die ander kant wel nog vir baie mense belangrik en sentraal, selfs die hart van die kerk, soos Luther beweer het. Hoe moet ons hierdie hart, vandag, hoor klop? Tydens hierdie kursus staan ons dus stil by die vraag: Hoe moet daar in Suid-Afrika, vandag, gepreek word?
Inhoud:  Tydens die kursus staan ons onder andere stil by die volgende sake:

• Hoe het jy by die laaste preek wat jy gepreek het, uitgekom?
• Watter prosesse en ervarings het daarop ingespeel? Wat het jou gehelp, en waarom?
• Wat dink jy doen jy as jy preek?
• Watter preke het ‘n indruk op jou gemaak, en waarom?
• Deel van eie preekervarings
• Bewegings van teks na preek: modelle, moontlikhede, misverstande…
• Die rol van kreatiwiteit en kontekstualiteit
• Watter soort (profetiese) preke moet ons tans in Suid-Afrika preek?
• Nadenke/gesprekke oor die leesrooster-teks vir die komende Sondag

Dat predikers hopelik tydens die kursus nuwe energie sal ontvang vir die proses van preekmaak, met ‘n nuwe visie op die uitdagings van die Suid-Afrikaanse konteks. Dat, in samehang hiermee, ‘n nuwe integrasie van (goeie) teorie en (verantwoordelike) praktyk gevind sal word.