Define Your Terms

Define Your Terms

DATE: 16 March 2016
TIME: 19:00

NB: Please note that although this event is FREE, you must book a ticket by following this link

In many of our most heated arguments around race, power and privilege in South Africa today we fail to truly understand one another because, at the risk of sounding simplistic, we often fundamentally misunderstand the terms others use. We may even be using the same words but our comprehension of those words is radically different. What one means to say and what the other actually understands by the same communicated words may be poles apart. As a result, we fail to have the truly significant discussions we so desperately need, instead we are stuck in a cul-de-sac of false distinctions, misunderstandings and straw man reasoning.

DEFINE YOUR TERMS is an invitation for us to learn to listen better, question closely, and together seek a new and better way towards greater understanding and empathy. A diverse panel will discuss some key terms in the South African political and social context such as white privilege, black consciousness, institutional racism, and issues of land and restitution. This will be followed by a time of questions from the floor. Key to these discussions will be an exploration as to how the Christian church might better interact with, challenge, or embrace some of these concepts.

TICKETS: Please note the event is FREE but due to space concerns you do need to reserve your place by booking a ticket. Follow this link to book your ticket

PANEL: Dr Nadine Bowers Du Toit, Senior Lecturer in Community Development in the Faculty of Theology at Stellenbosch University; Peter Makapela, Pastor of Christ Church Strand; Alphonso Malgas, Pharmacy Healthcare Academy Manager for a major South African retailer and Craig Stewart, Executive Director of The Warehouse.

FACILITATOR: John Scheepers, Director of Social Justice and Mercy Ministries, Hope City Presbyterian Church