I write on behalf of the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA); to inform you of the sad loss of the Rev. Sam Arends ‘Uncle Sam’. Rev. Arends was called to higher service this morning, May 22, around 11:00am at the age of 90. More details about funeral service will be shared soon.Read more
By Rev Sindiso Jele, United Congregational Church of Southern Africa minister
2 Kings 7:3-4 Now there were four men with leprosy at the entrance of the city gate. They said to each other, “Why stay here until we die?" If we say, ‘We’ll go into the city’–the famine is there, and we will die. And if we stay here, we will die. So let’s go over to the camp of the Arameans and surrender. If they spare us, we live; if they kill us, then we die.”Read more
26th March 2020,
Dear Fellow Congregationalists,
We bring you Christian greetings from the Central Office of the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa at this time when both the Church and society are going through a hitherto unknown public health crisis causing unprecedented challenges at all levels of our existence as people in society.Read more
The Theological Education by Extension College (TEEC) in South Africa shares this story about one of their students:
A student experience: PK, a member of the Zion Christian church and working in the security industry, applied to study in 2013 but did not meet the entrance requirement for accredited programmes. He returned in 2014 and opted to use the RPL route through the TEEC Access Assessment.Read more
The Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa (LECSA) hosted its 5th annual Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace from October 21-October 25, 2019.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Luke 19:1-10
Prayers for Lesotho:
O God, we pray for rain here in Lesotho. I don’t know if you do or don’t work like that—causing rains to come, responding to our petitions for it. I’ve heard some people I love and respect who say you do, and some who say you don’t. But that doesn’t matter in this prayer. What matters is the rains are long past due, as they have been for the past several years, and it’s causing a heartbreaking dryness that is felt here in this beautiful land. And so we, with all your people and creation here, need to say this to you.
The same thing, O God, is true of prayers for justice, prayers for peace, prayers for prosperity. Khotso, Pula, Nala. (Peace, Rain, Prosperity; Lesotho’s Motto.) We need to say it, God. Saying it doesn’t absolve us of our role in any of it. Zacchaeus had to admit his injustice and the injustice of the system he benefited from, as well as his plan to make things right. But first, he had to climb the tree to see Jesus and get a sense of the salvation coming that way. So for us, O God, we simply say these things in this prayer as our way of climbing that tree: to get a glimpse of your salvation. What comes next—from you, from others, from us—I don’t know.
But I hope it’s rain.
DATE: 11 September 2019
The South Africa Synod of the United Congregational Church of Southern African (SA SYNOD-UCCSA) has condemned the outbreak of many incidents of gender-based violence, violent clashes between foreign nationals and South Africans and the destruction of business premises in the city centers.Read more
The All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) is deeply saddened by the seemingly intractable xenophobic attacks in some parts of South Africa against fellow African sisters and brothers. Electronic and print media have continued to publish videos of the sordid actions of some South African sisters and brothers brutalizing their own kind in the pretext of territorial protection and struggle against imaginative occupation. These have then caused reprisal attacks from other African countries such as Nigeria and Zambia. The AACC and well-meaning institutions are profoundly disturbed by these inhuman acts against innocent people created in the image and likeness of God. These heinous attacks are highly condemnable. The attacks jettison cultural and ideological philosophies of UBUNTU and UJAMAA. This culture of violence must be rejected by all with accompanying actions of entrenching a culture of hospitality.Read more
One of the most intimate settings in which we’ve been able to connect with our Basotho neighbors has been at our weekly Prayer Circle meetings, Thapelong. Thapelong gatherings are encouraged denomination-wide in the Lesotho Evangelical Church of Southern Africa (LECSA) and are seen by many involved in church-life as a vital expression of their faith. The LECSA church that we attend in the capital city of Maseru is very large and has many Thapelong groups organized by neighborhood.Read more
In mid-May I had the pleasure of traveling to Soweto, South Africa with members of the Planning Commission of the Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa (LECSA) to assist with a Strategic Planning Workshop for church leaders and lay people in Gauteng Presbytery.Read more