Dear Sir, Your Excellency, President Cyril Ramaphosa
Queries on the regulations of re-opening of Churches in covid-19 Level 1
The KwaZulu Natal Christian Council (KZNCC) and KwaZulu/Natal Church Leaders Group (KZNCLG) appreciate efforts by Government to curb the spread of Covid-19, and support these by regularly reminding all members of our congregations to adhere to Covid-19 regulations. We are doing this by developing a theology to understand better the coronavirus pandemic by looking closely at earlier pandemics, in order to discover scientifically proven processes and procedures for dealing with the phenomenon currently facing us.
With this in mind we call for the following:
- That Government reconsider the regulations announced on the 28th February 2021;
- That the numbers allowed for gathering under this lockdown level differ greatly from those of previous regulations for that level;
- That this difference be addressed in order to remove the inconsistency in government’s announcement;
- That the President and his team reconsider their decision on religious gatherings after meaningful consultations with Church Leaders.
- That government revert to the 50% of the venue’s capacity with Covid-19 health regulations and protocols strictly adhered to.
- That while in 2020 congregants had accepted the decision to suspend all Easter Services to support efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, a year later with infections dropping and vaccines available, the Churches, leaders and members, are requesting a serious consultation with government.
- That government needs to hear the spiritual effects which ongoing closures have on communities and individuals.
No one knows how much this lockdown has cost the Church socially, psychologically, economically and spiritually. Many have had to close, unable to pay rent, rates and salaries. Since the Church’s mission is to support and care for the needs of the poor, it cannot simply ignore the extremely serious consequences that closing for extended periods has had on its ability to accomplish its vocation which besides the spiritual and emotional includes the social health and welfare of the community.
We remain committed to use the religious gatherings to educate to our congregants to adhere to all Covid-19 protocols for the safety of the community at large. That is the driving reason for engaging with government to find the most effective ways of serving the community, but the poorest of the poor in particular.
United with you in the service of God and His People.
Yours in Christ
KZN Church Leaders’ Group Chairperson KwaZulu Natal Christian Council Chairperson
+Wilfrid Cardinal Napier OFM Bishop Nkosinathi Myaka
The controversial racial tensions within the agricultural sector; particularly in uThukela-Amajuba-Mzinyathi region, have impacted majorly on the lives of farm workers, farm dwellers and the nation at large.
As part of our mandate, KZNCC would like to intervene further in this matter. We hereby cordially invite you to a meeting with the aforesaid members with the aim to find unbiased resolutions. We want to pave a way forward on what the church can do to assist in that situation.
Therefore the purpose of this meeting is to get a primary understanding of what is currently happening in the farming communities of Normandien.
Click this link for a full presentation: Presentation1 Theology of CoronavirusC OVID-19
THE RIDDLE OF EPICURUS
Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
– Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
– Is he both able and willing? Then why does He not remove it?
Then whence cometh evil? Whence cometh Coronavirus?
– Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?
– God is merciful and kind – why can He be behind it?
A solidarity letter by the Lutheran World Federation, the World Council of Churches, the World Communion of Reformed Churches, and the World Methodist Council to express their solidarity with the churches and people in Zimbabwe.
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The Kairos Document is a Christian, Biblical and theological comment on the current crises in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It will be launched in Durban via a FREE Zoom live webinar; in a mode of a four part virtual series of weekly presentations as of the 31st July to 21st August 2020. The document calls on the international community to stand by the DRC people who have faced oppression, displacement, suffering and functional apartheid for numerous decades. It stands in the tradition of an earlier Kairos Document, launched by Christians in 1985, that addressed the political situation in South Africa during its apartheid era.
The Kairos Document of 2019 is a cry of hope reflecting love, prayer and faith in God. It urges all the churches and Christians in the world to stand against injustice and modern-day apartheid in the occupied Congolese territories, and calls the churches to revisit theological distortions that serve to justify crimes perpetrated against people and the dispossession of their land.
Strongly convinced that peace, prosperity, and freedom are overdue in the DRC, we are making an urgent call on all of us: government, civil society, the church, local communities and the international community to take a different course of action. The Word of God reminds us: “The hour has already come for [us] to wake up from [our] slumber” and to “put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armour of light” (Romains 13:11-13, NIV). This Biblical call for action underpins our collective ethical and moral obligation to take the right and concrete steps in setting in motion God’s wonderful plan for the people of the DRC to attain better living conditions like other nations.
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: –
- 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!
- Call your congregation to pray, fast, render service and action to overturn Covid-19.
- Donate, gather & provide food & cash to the most vulnerable.
- Circulate the pastoral letters & other relevant Information that will be sent to you regularly. B. A Guide & Toolkit will be available within one week.
- 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).
- 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: –
- Mxoli Nyuswa: 081 295 1930 Zululand, King Cetshwayo & uMkhanyakude district municipalities
Revd Sonto Thusi: 078 029 0774 – Uthukela, Amajuba & uMzinyathi district municipalities
- Revd Milton Cele: 082 453 0469 – Ugu & Harry Gwala (South) district municipalities
- Revd, Dr Lucas Ngoetjana: 076 129 3686 – uMgungundlovu district municipalities
- 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