Saturday, 6 January 2018

To the Laos - To the People of God – On the Feast of the Epiphany

Dear People of God

The Feast of the Epiphany is so special but here at home in Southern Africa it comes in the middle of our summer holiday and most parishioners are away. We still celebrate it of course, even if we do so on the Sunday following.

This year I send you, our parishioners and others who might read this, a short message wishing you good health and renewal as we celebrate the feast of the manifestation of our Lord to all people. May God manifest himself in our lives and wherever we live and work.

In South Africa, as we embark on another chapter in our historic journey, let us remind ourselves and our country that roads are made for journeys of growth, not for destinations. And here and everywhere, let us grow in serving one another for the common good.

Let us be concerned about each of our countries, but also for the good of the world at large. Intensify your prayers that President Trump and the leaders of North Korea will grow in awareness of the dangers of nuclear war and stop making irrational threats to each other.

Finally, congratulations to all matriculants who have passed. Those who have not, use the second-chance opportunities offered by the country’s education department. Pray that the ill-timed announcement of free tertiary education will not create chaos at registration time as the university term begins.

May you have a blessed Epiphany!

†Thabo Cape Town

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Archbishop's Christmas sermon, 2017

The South African Broadcasting Corporation's Christmas Day news report on the Archbishop's sermon - featured below - is followed by the full text of the sermon.

Full text of Archbishop Thabo Makgoba's Christmas sermon, preached at Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, December 24, at St George's Cathedral, Cape Town:

Isaiah 62:6-12, Psalm 97, Titus 3:4-7, Luke 2:(1-7), 8-20 or John 1:1-14

May I speak in the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

@ArchbishopThabo says faith leaders will support ANC leaders - IF...

On behalf of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and the National Church Leaders' Forum, I congratulate the new leadership of the ANC on their election.

As people of faith, our hope is always in God and not in any political party or leader. But we do need leaders of integrity who will put the common good above all else.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Rethinking Business as Usual - Archbishop Thabo on climate change

The Archbishop recently participated in a 24-hour webcast dealing with climate change, hosted by the former American president, Al Gore. This segment on South Africa was described by the producers as follows:

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Reflections on the Upcoming ANC Conference

The full text of this message appears below:

In South Africa, we have been waiting, praying and anticipating a renaissance of values-based, ethical and moral leadership for nearly ten years. We are now on destiny’s doorstep.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

CapeTalk interview on 'Faith & Courage'

Cape Town radio host Pippa Hudson interviews Archbishop Thabo on his memoir.