Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Archbishop Wins American Christian book award

The US edition of the book.

The US edition of Archbishop Thabo Makgoba's biographical memoir, Faith & Courage: Praying with Mandela, has won an American book award.

The publishers, Forward Movement, have announced that the book has been recognised as among the year's best Christian books in the US. It won a bronze medal in the category “biography/memoir" of the Illumination Book Awards.

Gold medals went to books devoted to American subjects, one to Child of Grace: A Death Row Story, by Dr. Chris Brown, and the other to Praying On Empty: A Female Pastor's Story, by Marjorie Weiss. A silver medal went to A Walking Disaster: What Surviving Katrina and Cancer Taught Me About Faith and Resilience, by Jamie Aten.

Faith & Courage was among five published by Forward Movement which won awards in categories including theology, Bible study, ministry and mission and devotional.

Responding to the award, the Archbishop said: “I hope the book shows that reconciliation is possible in the most difficult of situations and will point to the hope and the grace that is in store for us as Anglicans, as Christians, as people of God, when we work at forgiveness and reconciliation within the Communion."

The book was published in South Africa in 2017. The American and British editions, published late last year, include an additional chapter on reconciliation in society and in the Anglican Communion.

The South African edition is not available electronically but the paperback is available on loot.co.za.

The Forward Movement edition is available on Kindle in and in hardback and paperback here on Amazon.com.

The UK edition, published by SPCK, is available on Kindle and in hardback and paperback on Amazon.co.uk.

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Message to a Kathrada Foundation rally, St George's Cathedral, Cape Town

Archbishop Thabo contributed a video message for social media, and a longer written message, in support of a rally held on the eve on President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address on Thursday February 13.

"As you gather here today to reflect on our beautiful country ahead of the State of the Nation Address, I want to reiterate my call - first made from this Cathedral at Christmas - that for South Africa, this must be the "The Year of the Orange Jumpsuit" for those implicated in state capture.

"Tomorrow the President must draw a line in the sand and make it clear that there will be consequences for those in politics, for those in government, for those in the private sector and for anyone else in South Africa who has corrupted the country and stolen from the poor.

"Ensuring that the corrupt go to jail is not being vindictive - their greed has driven the country to the brink of disaster, and they must pay the price if the law is to be the basis of the healthy and sustainable development of our nation.

"I also want to urge all of us to give the National Prosecuting Authority the space to do their jobs properly and to prepare watertight cases. As I said at Christmas, rushed and therefore botched prosecutions, followed by widespread acquittals would be a disaster, sending the wrong signals to the corrupt and plunging the country into despair.

"From today, may we move from words into action. I stand in solidarity with you all."

Make 2020 a year of action - Polity interview with Archbishop Thabo

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba was interviewed by Polity ahead of a rally held in Cape Town while he was at the Synod of Bishops.


Monday, 10 February 2020

Archbishop Thabo's appeal to President Ramaphosa of South Africa

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba has urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to use his State of the Nation Address on Thursday to "send a clear signal that attacks on judges have to stop." 

In a statement and in a separate videotaped appeal from his office, the Archbishop said the country would "descend into chaos" if judges were not respected. He appealed to the President to "draw a line on the sand" over attacks on the judiciary. 

The full text of the statement follows below the video.

“Mr President, if judges are not respected in South Africa, we're going to descend into chaos. When you speak on Thursday, you speak not as leader of the ANC, but as the leader of the nation.

“I appeal to you, out of respect for the Constitution and the rule of law, please send a clear signal that attacks on judges have to stop. It would give confidence to the judges that they can do their jobs without interference, and it would give confidence to all of us.

“It is critical to the future of our nation that we keep our hands off the judicial system. The courts must be respected. And we must give the NPA space to do their work in a thorough, unrushed way, so that we don’t have botched convictions which are overturned on appeal." 

Saturday, 8 February 2020

Archbishop urges learners to work for the common good

The Installation of Mrs Shelley Frayne as Head of St Cyprian’s School, St Cyprian’s School Chapel, 7 February 2020

Readings: 1 Kings 3: 5-10; Psalm 18: 32-34, 48-52; Matthew 13: 44-52

May I speak in the name of God who calls, informs and transforms us. Amen.

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, dear family of St Cyprian’s School, it is a joy to be with you this morning and celebrate this day – the installation of our new school head.

Our schools need to reflect the diversity of society - Archbishop Thabo Makgoba

Installation of Mrs Heather Goedeke as Head of Herschel Girls School, Claremont, Cape Town, on 6 February 2020

Readings: Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 and  Hebrews 11:32-12:2

May I speak in the name of God, who is Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer. Amen.

Sisters and brothers in Christ, dear people of God, the heads of schools present here, the Chairperson and members of Council, educators, Mrs Goedeke and your family, friends, parents and learners: it is a great joy to be with you today to share in this important milestone in the life of this school.