Volunteerism: it’s all of our business

I came across a great story the other day on social media. Someone had snapped a picture of the text with no attribution. It goes like so, “This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could [...]

THE TEAM FOR YOU!

A mandated team in each and every Common Ground congregation, who are there to make Social Justice a priority and connect you! I’m not even joking- these people are not church staff or do-gooders (well, they might be, but it’s unrelated) they are your SOCIAL JUSTICE MINISTRY TEAM and just like the Worship Team lead us in singing and music that glorifies our great God, these teams exist to keep Social Justice on the agenda of each congregation. They have [...]

Why Christians need to stand in the gap

I joined the Common Good team early in 2018 and when I joined this team we spent some time on a resource that was developed for leaders in our community- something to help define and also dream about how we can (and already do) team together in bridging the gap between the local church and the organisation. In doing this, we roped in Richard Lundie, an elder from our congregation in Wynberg, to flesh out some of the theology around volunteerism. We’re [...]

Mandela Day 2018

The Zanokhanyo Network  67 Hundred slices of bread – that’s 3,350 sandwiches that were donated to the community of Langa. For Mandela Day, The Zanokhanyo Network hosted a sandwich making event at Langa Methodist Church which spread this act of kindness to new levels. Employment initiative of NPO Common Good, The Zanokhanyo Network (TZN) celebrated Mandela Day by turning 67 hundred (6700) slices of bread into 3350 sandwiches and handing them out at the Langa Taxi Rank, the Vuka Nomtobhoyi [...]

Jesus and His First Thousand Days

Tucked away in the account of the nativity, we find profound truth about Jesus’ life. Yes, there were shepherds, and Magi, and traveling to Bethlehem. But the central event of this story is often lacking in details: Jesus, an infant, was born. Even the biblical account summarises it in one verse: Luke 2: 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him [...]

Challenging the Redefinition of Generosity and the Stewardship of Water

What if the water crisis is merely just an opportunity for our city to find a new awakened dependence in God? A dependence that causes our very nature to be shaken to the point that we are physically on our knees begging for rain? Contrary to this, what if we changed our prayers from “please God, make it rain” to “God, please prepare my heart for this trying time so that I can be loving and gracious with my [...]

Fill the Gap | A Bosch PM SJM Event on Water

The Social Justice Ministry Team from Bosch PM hosted an insights evening type event on the 25th of February to facilitate conversations around the current water crisis our city faces. We share the audio recording of Kat Farquharson who shared at this event, in the hopes that it could stir important conversations and questions in your context too. http://justchurch.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Kat-Water.mp3  

Don’t Touch Me on My Privilege

Cape Town in 2018 will be known as the year that ‘Day Zero’ went from a threat to an imminent reality. People were shocked into making changes to their daily water usage in an attempt to stave off the taps being turned off. Everywhere one went there were conversations about what reality would be like post day zero. Other conversations focused on what could be done to save water. Like many others, my family reduced our consumption to be [...]

Meet the Wheelers

Over the past year I have experienced a growing anxiety about the water situation in Cape Town. 2018 felt so far away, and to be honest, I’m not sure I believed that Day Zero was a reality. I knew that water was scarce and so we were doing our bit to be responsible but I didn’t actually believe we would run out. As the year turned over and we were confronted with the reality of Day Zero, something clicked for [...]

Faith, Bible and Water

What does the Bible have to say to us about water? In a time of water restrictions and uncertainty around water sustainability, we can turn to our faith for clarity and direction. The God of the Bible is not silent on the issue. In fact, 722 times the scriptures reference water and rivers. How does our ancient faith speak into our current reality of water? This blog does not look at all 722, but just 23, looking for the [...]