RECONCILIATION IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN POLITICAL CONTEXT: A CHALLENGE TO THE CHURCH FOR COMMUNITY BUILDING

KTh August

Abstract


Reconciliation is a very central teaching and practice fundamental to the life and
witness of the Church. The position taken in this paper is from the Judeo-Christian
perspective, which is essentially a christo-centric perspective on reconciliation.
Whereas the South African public has politically come through a process of Truth
and Reconciliation in the post-apartheid democratic dispensation, the church in its
public responsibility has to ask itself what the implication of this political process is
for our society. Did the TRC process achieve its goals? Did the TRC succeed in
being a part of the process of the healing of our nation? How is the church to
understand political reconciliation? Is there a correlation between political
reconciliation and the church’s understanding thereof in our context that can be
utilized to build community and ubuntu? The article seeks to find ways in which the
church’s nature of koinonia in partnership with government and civil society (in
realising that “critical to the process is the fact that reconciliation and
reconstruction or transformation are flip sides of the same coin”) could help to
handle transformation and reconciliation in such a way that national unity and the
well being of all South Africa citizens can be pursued?

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/88-0-991

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