Greetings from the Office of the SA SYNOD - UNITED CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF SOUTHERN
We condemn in strongest terms the callous, insensitive and divisive pronouncement by the President of the United States of America, Mr Donald Trump, on Jerusalem as a capital city of the modern day state of Israel.Read more
Ons Plek Projects has a simple and passionate mission: To make a substantive improvement in the lives of girls who live on the street and to prevent children at risk of becoming children living on the street from doing so.
Ons Plek Projects provides places where children find opportunities to build their lives and their self-esteem. Places where a sense of belonging helps them to take responsibility for themselves and for others.
Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.
–Former President of South Africa, the late Nelson Mandela
Educate a woman, you educate a nation.
–Former deputy President of South Africa, Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka
Inanda Seminary, an all-girls secondary high school in Durban, South Africa, has equipped girls with the ‘weapon’ of education for nearly 150 years and is leading the way currently in the education crisis in the country. Over 85% of South African children attend under-performing schools and only 40% will graduate from upper secondary school.
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 20:1-16
Prayers for South Africa:
Thank you for your outpouring of grace. You are kind and generous to all your children. Teach us to see others with your eyes and be just as forgiving. Thank you for the healing that results when we are quick to forgive. Bless and keep South Africa and her people during these years of mending the wounds of injustice. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
It is with deep sadness, sorrow and pain that we inform you of the passing on of the UCCSA General Secretary – The Rev Alistair Arends. Rev Arends was diagnosed with cancer and has not been well for some time now. He has been in and out of hospital over the past few months, after being discharged in June 2017, his condition was stabilized and was recuperating very well. However, on Monday we received the tragic news that he has been called to higher service.Read more
Todos ustedes, los que confían en Dios, ¡anímense y sean valientes! Salmo 31:24
Muchos turistas comparten sus historias de relajación sin precedentes y alojamiento impresionantemente hermoso mientras visitaba la patria. Para ellos, Ciudad del Cabo es el paraíso. Sin embargo, decenas de sudafricanos luchan diariamente con las injusticias que no se mencionan que fluyen del “apartheid” o segregación racial. Bajo la superficie glamorosa de la ciudad se encuentran las realidades a menudo no declaradas de los ciudadanos de Ciudad del Cabo que viven en condiciones indescriptiblemente horribles.Read more
Be strong and take heart,
all you who hope in God.
Many tourists share their stories of unparalleled relaxation and breathtakingly beautiful accommodations while visiting the motherland. To them, Cape Town is paradise. Yet scores of South Africans struggle daily from the unaddressed injustices that flow from apartheid. Underneath the city’s glamorous surface are the often-unreported realities of Cape Town citizens who live in unspeakably horrible conditions.
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43
Prayers for South Africa:
Gracious and loving God, our world is horribly broken and wounded. Due to systemic sin that manifests itself in racism, sexism and homophobia, even "saints" are inevitably and often unknowingly "sinners." None of us are without sin, especially as it regards the destruction of your Creation. Yet, your ministry teaches us that all are loved by God and can be reconciled to God. Inspire us not to judge and condemn others to be irredeemable. Equip us not to behave hypocritically. Enable our humility to encourage others to confess their sin and to repent as we have. Remind us through your reconciling presence that you have come to save the lost sinner and not necessarily the self-righteous saint. Empower us to be agents of reconciliation, not division, by recognizing the division within ourselves. Equip us to be conduits of your mercy and forgiveness by offering the gift of salvation to all people and to your Creation. In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen.
May 5, 2016