Three Shades of Cape Town

Three Shades of Cape Town

Cape Town has a “coloured” history in more ways than one.

For centuries different racial and ethnic groups have called this peninsula home. For centuries relationships between different races here have been subject to all sorts of social and power dynamics, often resulting in the privileging of one group over another, or the oppression of one group by another.

Today the three dominant race groupings attempt to exist side by side in this great city: black, white, and coloured. Although there are wonderful examples to the contrary, that existence is often one of unease. It colours the stories we live, and how we live next to each other in this city. Our skin colour, for better or for worse, makes a significant difference to how we experience this city.

For many this experience is not something they feel is adequately reflected upon from a spiritual point of view. Too often spirituality attempts to cover over difference, and neutralise experiences. At Hope City we want to recognise that the difference is real, that colour is an issue, and that one’s experiences of this city are significant. But we don’t want to stop there. We want to bring the Bible, and particularly the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, to bear upon these social and racial dynamics and the experiences we have as a result of them.

What does it mean to be a black Christian in Cape Town?
What does it mean to be a white Christian in Cape Town?
What does it mean to be a coloured Christian in Cape Town?

Over three weeks, and three different speakers, we hope to humbly and sensitively engage with our context and with God’s Word. We invite you to join us for this sermon series as we explore the Scriptures together for the good of each other, for the good of our city, and for the glory of God.



Peter Makapela is the pastor of Christ Church Strand in Zola Township. In his younger days he was actively involved with student politics as a member of the PAC. Consequently as a pastor he has retained a robust interest in the role of the church and society particularly as it relates to issues justice and reconciliation.

David Cloete divided his time growing up between Springbok and Elsies River. He studies at CPUT and George Whitefield College and currently works in the multi-cultural context of student ministry at CPUT, as well as being the youth pastor at the Metropolitan Evangelistic Church in Lavendar Hill.

Stephen Murray is the pastor of Hope City Presbyterian Church in the centre of Cape Town. He has deep struggle credentials as his dad grew up on Robben Island (albeit as the lighthouse keeper’s son). One of his many desires is to see churches developed and started in South Africa that are sensitive to the racial, social, and economic history of our country.