South Africa summit to explore discipleship

From left, Fr Tefo Motaung, Fr Elias Tsabeng, Revd Heather Steenkamp and Maranda St John Nicolle in Kimberley and Kuruman. Photo: Catharine Morris

WHAT does it mean to be a disciple of Christ? And how do people in very different contexts walk together as partners in the gospel?

These are the questions that over fifty people from our diocese and our link diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman will be discussing together at a summit in Kimberley, South Africa, from 14-18 September. The summit brings together representatives of linked parishes, young people, and people with leadership roles within the link and within the two dioceses, including both diocesan bishops.

Participants will engage together in prayer and Bible study. They’ll visit different parishes for Sunday worship and explore the history of Kimberley so as to better understand the context of the Kimberley and Kuruman Diocese today. And they’ll discuss a series of questions relating to mission: Why and how do we cherish God’s creation? What are the things in our church life that engage – or don’t engage – young people? How do we discuss and respond to inequalities that distort right relationships in our families, church and society?

Our prayer is that the time together will deepen both diocese’s understanding and love of God and each other, help us to grow as disciples of Christ, and make our partnership both deeper and wider.