KwaZulu Natal Christian Council (KZNCC) celebrated its Official Opening of the New Hall on Wednesday 30 October 2019, with the main KZNCC funder and founder of the Hudson Trust, Bishop Norman Hudson, visiting to bless the new building, take a tour of the facilities and to meet KZNCC newest staff members.
Following an introduction by the Program Director and former KZNCC Chief Executive Officer, Mr Sipho Sokhela, who comically described the history of KZNCC , 150 guests including senior veterans were treated to a series of musical entertainment by local Gospel artists.
All present were in full agreement that it had been an excellent celebration!
The new hall will be utilised as a multipurpose centre ranging from meetings, seminars, workshops, and other special events. It open to the public for use at a minimal cost. *To book the KZNCC hall (200 space capacity) kindly contact Ms Portia Louis on 033 345 4819.
KWAZULU-NATAL CHRISTIAN COUNCIL
50 Longmarket Street – P.O. Box 2035 Pietermaritzburg 3200 South Africa Tel: +27 (0) 33 3454819 Fax: +27 (0) 33 3949965 Email: email@example.com
STATEMENT ON XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS FROM KWAZULU NATAL CHURCH LEADERS GROUP
KwaZulu-Natal Church Leaders Group is horrified by the on-going attacks and killings of foreign nationals in South Africa. We condemn all attacks, killings, hatred and discrimination suffered by our foreign brothers and sisters in South Africa.
While we, KwaZulu-Natal Church Leaders Group are grateful to our government and other political leaders for speaking out against those in our communities responsible for the latest outbreak of attacks on people from other countries of Africa, we are most seriously concerned that some of these very leaders are responsible for this violence by their derogatory and inflammatory statements about migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and other vulnerable persons. What is of even greater concern is that messageS criticizing xenophobia are received with reluctance and even resistance by some of the local leaders.
Poverty and competition for scarce resources are some of the factors contributing to this violence. But violence is not a solution and blaming the weak and the marginalized is not a solution. Constructive and sustainable solutions must be sought through dialogues with one another and working together to address the challenges facing our communities.
As Religious Leaders, we commit ourselves to lead the responsibility of conducting dialogues with all stakeholders so as to address the challenge facing us. The sacred scriptures of every major faith stress the duty and obligation to receive widows, orphans and strangers and make them welcome. Xenophobia is totally unacceptable to all religions. In fact it is an offence against the God who made all of us in his image and likeness.
As part of the KZN Inter-Religious Council, we call for a major campaign to ensure that in every church, mosque, temple and synagogue, religious leaders speak out with clarity against xenophobic attitudes, statements and actions, and promote peace, love and ubuntu which leads us to respect and recognition of foreigners as fellow humans, and as our brothers and sisters, and therefore members of the same family of God as we do.
We express our sincere condolences to the families and persons who have lost loved ones; those who have had their lives turned upside down and those who have lost their jobs or livelihoods. We express our deep concern for those who have been profoundly traumatised by the Afro-phobic discrimination, violence and killings.
We call on Churches to mobilize relief for people who lost their livelihood and all their possessions. We ask that Churches become places of refuge and healing for people damaged in this scourge of hatred. We invite Church communities to cooperate in providing spaces of dialogue between enemies to seek alternative ways of expressing anger and frustration, hope and aspirations.
We urge every person in KwaZulu-Natal to pray for peace and to be involved in peace-building rather than violence and to make efforts that contribute to a tolerant and inclusive society.
Cardinal Wilfrid Napier OFM
Chairman of KwaZulu Natal Church Leaders’ Group (KZNCLG).
Notice is hereby given that the KZNCC 6th Tri-Annual Assembly that was scheduled to be held on Thursday, 25 July 2019 has been postponed to a later date due to financial reasons. Our finances allow us to only host the event in August.
New details of the event are as follows:
Date : Monday, 26 August 2019
Venue : Parish of St Joseph, 212 Florida Road, Durban
Time : 08h00 to 15h30
Any inconveniences caused are sincerely regretted.
NB** The 2019 Annual General Meeting date (28 August 2019) has NOT changed. More information will be communicated in due course.
KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council hosted, the KZN Church Leader’s Group meeting, was held on the 10th July 2019 at Ekuphileni Kwenkosi Anglican Church Jozini with the purpose of ecumenism, discussing Social,Economic and Political isssues, as well as having open discussion on faith leaders and HIV surge.
KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council partners with the Ceramics of Africa (COA) and Trade Investment in a meeting at the KZNCC boardroom on Monday the 10th June 2019.
The Purpose of the meeting was to form a solid partnership and discuss economic stability for Africa through art, entertainment as well as trade investment
A successful ecumenical visit to our sister organisation Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (PACSA) was held at the PACSA boardroom on Friday the 7th June 2019.
The purpose was to rebuild, and strengthen the working relationship between the two respective organisations and thus to share/brainstorm ideas moving forward.