Towards Sanitation Justice

The Praxis Cycle as a tool for the building of a movement towards sanitation justice:

We are looking to run all the stages of the Praxis cycle as a means to communicating an ongoing truth about the sanitation issue in South Africa and more specifically in Khayelitsha.

We are looking to launch our four-month intensive on the 15th of June with an introduction and grounding for the next four months. This will take place at the Warehouse from 12:00-13:00.

The praxis cycle as a tool is effective in its ability to communicate simple truths and allow for an ongoing revisit of the various stages, both cyclically and then interchangeably.

Stage 1 Immersion: (July 20)

As a first place of immersion, we will draw on the biblical tradition of liberation and freedom. We’ll begin to immerse ourselves in the context of sanitation in Cape Town, from a walk in an area with informal toilets to a walk in the mall to grasp the complexities of what it means to talk sanitation in the City; a pilgrimage that will seek to open eyes and hearts with a theological framework. We are also seeking to move people from charity to justice, the question cannot be about fixing the present toilets or what type of toilet we use but the human element of what it truly looks like to be present within this situation, the ongoing lifestyle trauma and the risk to women, children and the LGBT.

Stage 2 Social analysis: (August 17)

The opportunity for each person to undertake a social analysis of the area that they live in. This includes a brief understanding of the sanitation in your own community and understanding who the power players are. The overview will then look at how you are able to find out and make contact with these power players. Each community has the obvious players like ward counsellors etc. and the less obvious like block managers, neighbourhood watches, private business people who have government contracts, etc. Social analysis will also be used as a tool to recognise and understand who has power, and how this power is used, moving people to understand both their own power and the power of structures and institutions.

Stage 3 Prophetic Imagination / Theological Reflection: (September 21)

Each individual is given the opportunity to freely dream and imagine what a better future for the City would look like, a freedom to use the imagination in such a way as to look beyond what seems impossible into a God-dreamed future. We’ll be focussing on advocacy and creative protest, using various models from both within South Africa – Reclaim the City, SJC, the Poo Protests at UCT and the Airport – to examples of creative change in Medellin in Colombia. We will also take this time to walk through some spiritual formation practices to help keep people both focussed and strong during what can be a very trying and difficult time. Prayers and readings will be used that both form and reform us, how to use centering prayer, the prayer of examen and the use of community life as means of learning, unlearning and relearning together.
The opening of one’s eyes to the spatial injustice can be jarring.

Stage 4 Pastoral Action: (October 19)

The process then moves us on to action. The action stage begins to ask how then now do we live and respond. A call to simplicity for the wealthier contexts is tempered by the realisation that simplicity and responsible use of water etc. is not going to build infrastructure.
Cities are not built off the back of national governments, in main the data points us towards the reality that the City scape is sculpted and built by local government working hand in hand with other role players both private and public.

The action stage allows us to sculpt a working pattern with an overarching narrative but deeply embedded in each person’s context.
The action will include making available contextual bible studies and offering to host and facilitate these within specific churches / NGOs / concern group settings.

If you are interested in journeying with us over the next few months please contact Wayne (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) or Nkosi (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)). 


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