The World Council of Churches (WCC) has taken a clear stand against recent violent attacks against migrants in South Africa, reaffirming churches’ positions against racist, ethnocentrist and xenophobic acts of violence.
Noting the special vulnerability of migrants and migrant workers, a statement issued in Geneva on 24 April by the general secretary of the WCC urges leaders in South Africa, as well as in other countries in the region, to promote the observance of human rights at all times.Read more
You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:5 (NIV)Read more
As xenophobic attacks continue in South Africa, the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa responds with a statement of support for those affected, a call for the church and greater society to address the underlying issues leading to the violence, and a request for prayers as South African society grapples with these issues.Read more
In Alexandra, a township near Johannesburg, South Africa, Mr Emmanuel Sithole, an African foreigner, pleaded for his life. He is a Mozambican who was the latest victim of xenophobic attacks in South Africa. Mr Sithole was stabbed several times, taken to hospital by the journalist team who witnessed the attack and later died in hospital. The accused caught on camera were charged in court with murder.Read more
While many things have changed, many things remain the same for our family. Such is 2015, as compared to 2014. Susan continues to serve Inanda Seminary as its chaplain and Scott continues to serve Inanda Seminary, Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary (SMMS) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (UKZN) School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics. Susan has fulfilled her role as chaplain for 15 years, yet her portfolio continues to expand. Susan teaches life orientation, an important curriculum within South Africa that seeks to teach students real life lessons on finances, career choice, sex education, psychology, social relations, emotional health, home economics, pluralism and civics. Susan and Inanda Seminary provide a life-long spiritual grounding from which the students can resource throughout their lives. Always anticipated themed weekday chapel services and Sunday worship services remind students of their God-given potentials. Inanda Seminary is excited to be planning the launch of Inanda 2, a ‘franchising’ of sorts of quality faith-based education first provided by American missionaries more than 146 years ago. Susan will play a large part in transferring the ethos of Inanda Seminary to the new school.Read more
As we begin our Lenten journey, let us reflect on the reality that without God we are nothing and to give thanks that God loved us into being.Read more
December 19, 1921 – December 27, 2014
Welcome to the first issue of the UCCSA Congregational Chronicle for 2015.
Our big goal this year is that every member of the UCCSA family who reads the UCCSA Newsletters 2015 will find them insightful, inspiring and engaging. Our content this year is focused "Being a Missional Church."Read more