COVID-19 CHURCH DISASTER RESPONSE: A Call to all KZN Church Leaders

COVID 19 letter-English

05 April 2020

Dear Church Leaders across our beloved Province of KwaZulu Natal,

COVID-19 CHURCH DISASTER RESPONSE: A Call to all KZN Church Leaders

We greet you in the name of Jesus Christ, our Saviour.

The Covid-19 pandemic & resultant lockdown are causing immense spiritual, psychological, emotional and physical stress, fear and anxiety – with the loss of jobs & income, increase in domestic violence, lack of food, and infections & sickness. The weeks ahead are going to get much harder.

Now is the time for us, as the Church (at all levels, across the Province), to “get ourselves connected, organized and get into action” for the (inevitable) brutal impact of the pandemic. .

The KZN Christian Council, in consultation with a broad cross-section of Church Leaders, have established an inclusive & coordinated KZN Covid-19 CHURCH DISASTER RESPONSE structure

It includes 5 Provincial Task Teams to lead & support our responses at the municipal, local fraternal & congregational level. Accordingly, we humbly, but boldly, call on Churches Leaders across the Province, to come together in the following very specific and practical ways: –

  1. Convene your local ecumenical Ministers’ Fraternals (Christian association) on-line, this week, and discuss this “Call to Action” – in relation to your shared local community. Get connected and get organized!
  1. Call your congregation to pray, fast, render service and action to overturn Covid-19.
  2. Donate, gather & provide food & cash to the most vulnerable.
  3. Circulate the pastoral letters & other relevant Information that will be sent to you regularly. B. A Guide & Toolkit will be available within one week.
  4. Make suitable Church buildings available as “Hope Centres” to complement needs of the health system, as will likely be required (for storage, distribution, testing or quarantining).
  5. Identify families needing emergency relief & advise our structures. Further, identify those who may need other forms of support in your congregations, e.g. the sick & elderly, health workers, volunteers, etc.

The battle-line of the Covid-19 storm is going to be in our communities, with the frontline in our health facilities (hospitals, clinics & health centres). We need to be prepared to collaborate at this level. Our Ministers’ Fraternals need to be actively refocused on all the above.

Dear Friends in Christ now is a time for our congregations to act like the Good Samaritan rather than the Priest or the Levite. Let us imitate Jesus by committing & sacrificing our time, talent & resources to the victims of Covid-19. Let us be our brothers’ & sisters’ keepers. Could there be a better time for the Church to confront & defeat this Virus, than Holy Week & Easter – by responding to this Call to act.

Below is a list of your key contact persons, for you as Church Leaders: –

  1. Mxoli Nyuswa: 081 295 1930 Zululand, King Cetshwayo & uMkhanyakude district municipalities

 Revd Sonto Thusi: 078 029 0774 – Uthukela, Amajuba & uMzinyathi district municipalities

  1. Revd Milton Cele: 082 453 0469 – Ugu & Harry Gwala (South) district municipalities
  1. Revd, Dr Lucas Ngoetjana: 076 129 3686 – uMgungundlovu district municipalities
  1. Bishop Nathi Zondi – 083 340 8135, Pastor Ivan Haylock – 082 8225768 and Pastor Peter Watt – 083 779 3872 – Greater eThekwini Metro area

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, this then, is the Call. We will be following up with other specifics in the days and weeks ahead.

May our God strengthen and lead us through this storm – into the calm which our Lord Jesus brings to those who call on Him in need: “Oh Lord, how we need you at this time”!

On behalf of the extended Church Leadership of KZN, in & because of our Faith,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

+Wilfrid Cardinal Napier OFM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dean Nkosinathi Myaka

 

 

 

Chairman of the KZN Church Leaders Group

 

 

KZNCC Chairperson

KZNCC is geared to deal with Coronavirus!

KZNCC is geared to deal with Coronavirus!

Church leaders have been urged by the KwaZulu-Natal MEC Ms Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu to exercise caution during Passover/Easter amid COVID-19 outbreak!
Simelane held a meeting with various religious leaders in the province as part of government efforts to intensify the education and awareness campaign about the coronavirus.

Simelane says there are some traditions that the church leaders will need to assess to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Compliments of the New Year 2020

Happy New Year 2020

Wishing all our member churches, donors , friends and regional staff  a very Happy New Year. May this year bring you lots of joy, happiness,  good health and indeed spiritual wealth.

KwaZulu Natal Christian Council had a challenging financial year in 2019. The changing needs of the various stakeholders who utilise our services continue to evolve but we will continue to work with our funders to increase our capacity to respond to unmet need.

We further would like to appreciate all contributions that were donated to the affected community at Empolweni during the tornado disaster.

Our offices are open  (Monday to Thursday) from 08h00 to 16h00; Friday from 08h00 to 15h30.

Luke 4:18-19 …”and that the time of the Lord ’s favor has come.”

 

Official Opening of the new KZNCC Hall

  

  

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.

Statement On Xenophobic Attacks From KwaZulu Natal Church Leaders’ Group

KZN Church leaders Group – Message on Xenophobia September 2019 (002)

KWAZULU-NATAL CHRISTIAN COUNCIL

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50 Longmarket Street  –  P.O. Box 2035   Pietermaritzburg 3200   South Africa Tel: +27 (0) 33 3454819   Fax: +27 (0) 33 3949965   Email: info@kzncc.org.za

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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).