AnnieAnnie’s Next Steps!

It’s been a really significant year for More Than Peace - a coalition initiated by churches and Christian organisations under the mandate of the South African Christian Leaders Initiative (SACLI.org), to work on establishing peace and social justice in our nation.
 
Christ Church was one of the founding coalition partners along with The Warehouse, The Mennonite Central Committee and SACLI, under whose banner we have a mandate and are accountable. We have played a significant role in responding to crises on our campuses and in service delivery protests across local communities.
 
Our four areas of engagement are:
  • trained, accredited mediators who have a proven track record in multi-stakeholder conflict transformation who can assist in bringing people together to resolve conflict through facilitated dialogue and negotiation. 
  • Peace Justice Witnesses (PJWs) - impartial observers whose presence can help diffuse tensions and de-escalate conflict and, when violence breaks out, provide impartial observation to the events that unfold. Their intelligence is a great support to the mediation team. Media sources have commented that when PJWs are present, police and protesters are more restrained and violence lessens. 
  • equipping and mobilising faith leaders to respond to calls for the church, which remains one of the few trusted institutions in the nation, to help to resolve conflicts and build peace in communities. 
  • humanitarian responses - therapeutic responses to trauma, relief - food, clothing, toiletries etc… Beyond the campuses, More Than Peace has been invited by community leaders in Imizamo Yethu, Hangberg and #OneHoutBay to engage with community leaders involved in protests rising from historic service delivery issues and the super-blocking process proposed by the City of Cape Town after the March fires in Imizamo Yethu affected 15,000 residents and left hundreds living in Temporary Relocation Areas (TRAs). In Hangberg, housing and land issues and fishing quotas have also raised tensions and conflict between the communities and the City of Cape Town.
We are supporting faith leaders who are similarly being called to negotiate evictions, housing and land issues in Kleinmond, Steenberg and Oceanview.
 
Additionally, protests calling for the Arrest of President Zuma are gaining support in the run up to the 2019 Elections. Our PJWs have observed a number of these marches to date.
 
How does the Lord want his Church to respond?
 
Isaiah 9: 6-7
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.

 
The vision of Shalom that we explored throughout the November process is a vision of God’s kingdom or government on earth and the beauty, justice and peace that it establishes in our lives, relationships and society.
 
More Than Peace is a collaborative response to this vision of God’s love, faithfulness and power transforming injustice, inequality and suffering in our nation. It’s a commitment to work with God  for healing, restoration and justice in every part of our lives.
Looking to 2018, More Than Peace would like to participate in this transformation by increasing our capacity as an organisation:
  • training and equipping more mediators across communities
  • training and deploying more PJWs within communities where conflict is emerging
  • equipping local communities in leadership development, conflict transformation and tools to to negotiate and achieve service delivery aims and objectives
  • partnering with key organisations to deliver a holistic response to the trauma and injustice in poorer communities
 I feel privileged to be in SA at this time, at the end of January, I will be seconded from CCK to St John’s Parish to focus my energies with More Than Peace 4 days a week and enable me to gift some time to St John’s Leadership Academy supporting the training of lay and ordained pioneers.
 
I am raising support for this new role - prayer and financial. If you are interested in praying for me and More Than Peace or contributing financially to this pioneering work, please email me annie@cck.org.za. Thank you!
 
I’m excited about this next season and the opportunity to pioneer further, whilst also thankful to CCK and those of you who have prayed for me and encouraged me over the last 2 years in my role as Assistant Minister. It’s been amazing to work and minister in such a gifted, loving church community.
 
I head home for a month from 19th December 2017 -22nd January 2018 and will finish at CCK on 31st January 2018.
 
I am looking forward to seeing my family and friends after 15 months and having a rest before returning to embark on this new and exciting adventure.
 
Thank you for your love and prayers.
Happy Christmas!
 
Love
Annie 

Taryn Galloway, 07/12/2017

 

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