A chronic state of denial

Mediavrystelling deur die National Church Leaders’ Consultation
19 October 2011

‘Our nation is in a state of crisis – a crisis of dignity and discipline, a crisis of education and crisis in our communities. Together, the Christian community present at grass roots can help turn this situa-tion around and help to restore the dignity of the all the people we serve’ concluded the National Church leaders at their annual con-sultation in Gauteng.

The Church Leaders from 16 of the major Christian Churches recognised and acknowledged the legitimate authority of those set in power over the country but asserted their own biblical mandate to be models of servant-leadership to all people by standing for truth, integrity, discipline and respect. ‘We all need to hold all leadership, including church leadership, more accountable’ said the more than 30 recognised leaders who had gathered. Leaders reacted strongly to a perceived effort to muscle in and manipulate Churches by Politi-cal Organizations and individuals.

The health and education sectors are in shambles. South Afri-ca ranks 49 out of 53 countries in educational standards and 138 out of 139 countries in dealing with HIV and AIDS, TB and Malaria.

Of every hundred children, fewer than forty eventually pass matric, and only about ten pass well enough to get endorsements to study further for a degree. These figures are even lower in our poor-est and most vulnerable communities. None of the children who started school in 1994 finished with the same curriculum.

Speaking at the consultation Bishop Ziphozihle Siwa of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa quoted John Dewey who said “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”

Church leaders expressed concern at the lack of discipline in schools. Teacher loyalty seems to fals more with their unions than the children they teach. Church Leaders asked that church commu-nities, organizations, buildings and other structures be used to com-plement existing schooling to alleviate this crisis.

‘The involvement of faith communities in public health issues is not an option,’ declared Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, who was elect-ed Chairman of the Consultation for the next three years at the meeting. He called on all churches and NGOs working in the educa-tion and health sectors to co-operate and coordinate work towards a holistic solution to these issues that threaten the dignity of every per-son in South Africa

To this end the Church Leaders called on all Christians and people of good will to be disciplined, to reclaim the education and health sectors from collapse.

“The state and the church are both complicit in failing society and history will judge us harshly,’ declared Bishop Lunga Ka Siboto of the Ethiopian Episcopal Church ‘We can no longer sweep these issues under the carpet nor ignore their severity.”

The National Church Leaders’ Consultation, comprising of the leadership of the Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, Dutch Reformed Church, Uniting Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Church of Africa, The Salvation Army, International Federation of Christian Churches, Ethiopian Episcopal Church, Jerusalem Church in South Africa, The Evangelical Alliance of South Africa, the SACC, the Uniting Re-formed Church in Southern Africa, Shembe, Baptist Convention of South Africa, and Assemblies of God.

     

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    Chris van Wyk

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    Dankie!

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    mariette

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    Môre-môre!

    Dankie Chris. Die reeks dra baie praktiese wenke oor en is verrykende luistergenot vir elkeen. Elke dag iets nuuts om na uit te sien!

    Seën daarop toegebid
    Mariette

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    Chris van Wyk

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    Nee, Elmarie, jy hoef nie. Ons kan 250 mense akkommodeer. Skryf net in by die deure. Baie welkom.

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    Prof Elmarie Venter

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    More Ds Chris. Ons is 3 wat wil bywoon. Moet ons nog bespreek? Groete
    Elmarie

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    Chris van Wyk

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    Ons het vir baie lank ‘n versorgingskommissie gehad vir leraars en personeellede. Dit was persone in die gemeente wat gereeld op informele wyse met elkeen van ons kontak gemaak het, belanggestel het in wat in ons lewens aangaan, uitgevra het na uitdagings, en vir ons gebid het. Dit was benewens die diensverhoudingekommissie wat meer op die formele dinge gekonsentreer het. Die inperking het ‘n bietjie daaraan verander, maar dit was ‘n baie goeie informele sisteem van versorging.

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    Des Sampson

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    Goeie dag. Ek is voorsitter van die DVK op Hartenbos. Wat doen julle mbt die versorging van predikante en kantoor personeel?

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    Chris van Wyk

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    Dit was Rethie van Niekerk se preek. Sy het in die preek verwys na die Hebreeuse woorde.

    Die eerste reël (seën) het drie woorde, dan vyf woorde, dan sewe woorde.  15, 20, 25 konsonante (onthou ʾ is ook ‘n konsonant).  11, 13, 16 lettergrepe (ek het weer getel, en dit is die korrekte aantal).

    24 yĕbārekkā yĕhwâh wĕyišmĕrekā
    25 yāʾēr yĕhwâh pānāyw ʾēlêykā wîyḥunekā
    26 yiśāʾ yĕhwâh pānāyw ʾēlêykā wĕyāśēm lĕkā šālôwm

    Hoop dit maak sin.

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    Annemarie vn Zyl

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    NUM 6; GOD SE SEEN, Goeiemore
    Ek het vanoggend hierdie Bybelstudie gedoen en dit was wonderlik. Die deel DIE TEKS verstaan ek egter glad nie. ek kry die aantal woorde reg maar glad nie die konsonante en lettergrepe nie. Ek verstaan ook nie die doel van hierdie deel nie, tensy jy wil bewys dat dit menslik amper onmoontlik is om die seen so te skryf, met die spesifieke aantal konsonante en lettergrepe sonder God se ingryping.. ek sal dit waardeer as iemand die deel in kort vir my verduidelik Baie dankie Annemarie van zyl.

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    Chris van Wyk

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    Dankie Corrie! Mooi jaar vir jou.

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    Corrie

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    Ds. Chris, soos altyd ń opbeurende en positiewe bydra deur U, vir die toepassing deur die kinders van God. Selfs hulle wat Hom nog nie as hul Saligmaker en Verlosser aangeneem het nie, sal baat by diė insetsel. Ek vra dat God se seën op U sal rus.

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    C Joubert

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    Inspirerende en besielende boodskappe

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    Sonja Lizemore

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    Beste Ds Chris.
    Net n GROOT DANKIE vir die liedere. Dit is baie spesiaal.

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    Chris van Wyk

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    Hi Carol, jy is reg, dit is ‘n kosbare insig! Ek het ook onlangs gepreek oor die inwonende Christus, as jy meer wil lees. Baie seën.

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    Carol

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    Baie dankie vir die eerste keer in my lewe besef ek nou wat my probleem is. Ek het nog nie vir JESUS in my ontdek nie dis geen wonder dat my verhouding met JESUS nêrens kom nie. Geen ontmoeting geen kennis of wysheid en GEEN GROEI.

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    Chris van Wyk

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    Hi Annelize – ons hou dienste in die kerkgebou (Louis Bothasingel 177, Somerstrand) om 09:00 Sondae tegelykertyd met ons Youtube erediens ook om 09:00. Ons het ook ‘n meer informele Youtube erediens – Pulse – wat van 11:00 af op ‘n Sondag beskikbaar is. Ter wille van die personeel se verlof sal ons DV van 27 Desember tot 24 Januarie nie fisiese eredienste in die kerk hê nie, net die Youtube erediens 09:00. Dié dienste word weer hervat van 31 Januarie af sowel as moontlik ‘n aanddiens om 18:30. As jy hier is, maak ‘n afspraak dat ons jou kan verwelkom. My sel is “nul agt twee 5749191”. Groete, Chris van Wyk.