From The Rector's Desk

From the Rector’s Desk – 06.09.19

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6 ESV).

The Lord be with you!

There are many burning issues in our lives today, but I would be remiss if we did not address this one among the many priorities.

It has been a week of hysteria and mania, and fearmongering. It has been a week where most of this is justified as a nation rages against the depraved state of the nation. It has been

encouraging to see the calls to prayer and we need to take these issues seriously to heart. We need to pray that we, as Church will provide the much-needed response – to the question, “what do we do about the crime and the hate and the brokenness of this land? How do we protect our women and children from the scourge of domestic violence and femicide?”

The Anglican Parishes of St Mary’s Kingsburgh and The Church of the Good Shepherd Amanzimtoti commits to:

1. Being a safe space for women and children, and stands against all forms of gender       violence and abuse, the Pastoral standards of the ACSA, will be our guide;

2. counter the false teaching on male superiority and the flawed theology around the     submission of women and provide clarity on the Theological position of the role of men and women in the family and society;

3. safeguarding the integrity of families, and the inherent dignity of all God’s creation, and as people created in His own image;

4. working with all the organizations and groups in the church to address the fear and the uncertainty which the events in our country have caused even our youngest children to be concerned about;

5. every Man in the two Parishes proactively standing against gender violence and abuse in every form,

 6. prayerfully seek ways to address these issues in our society;

 7. working with other civil society organizations to address this scourge in our society, and

the ministry of reconciliation, developing a sound theology of forgiveness, compassion and accountability.

I encourage a spirit of dialogue. There are many platforms for this. Social media provides us with a wonderful tool for dialogue. I encourage you to use our new Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/2334411520153662/ (the page is visible to everyone, the group only visible to Parish Members) to join the conversation. Of course, the good old email with your thoughts or an appointment to see me or making it a discussion item in your groups is encouraged.

Be assured of my Prayers.

Rector.

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