Love = Physical Distancing + Social Solidarity

To our dear community At this time of heightened awareness of our global connectivity, we are deeply grateful for groups of people across the world and in the neighbourhoods around us, whose hearts have been knitted together by love for God, each other and our neighbours.  We have considered when and what to communicate in a time like this when information, statements and regulations are coming quicker than we can keep up with them. We are aware that some of you will be reading this from countries who are further ahead in the unfolding of the COVID-19 pandemic than we are currently. We have been praying, lamenting and hoping with you and are so grateful for the wisdom, practical ideas for loving our neighbours and acts of solidarity you have shared with us as you have navigated this path.  For those of us in South Africa, this last week has been one of rapidly unfolding change and learning: of gathering information, of practising ways of loving each other by physical distancing and of sorting out how we as churches, organisations, communities and families can carry on loving our neighbours in ways which create solidarity, connectedness and flourishing for all. At The Warehouse, our community has also been re-aligning our working habits and rhythms, working out what it means to love those who are most vulnerable amongst us, to discern what wisdom looks like in our daily practises and then to look outward to our city, country and continent.  Some of

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St John’s Parish Wynberg visits The Warehouse

The Warehouse was formed by and is part of the Parish of St John the Evangelist. St Johns Parish is an association of six Anglican churches in Cape Town South Africa and we are in association with the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. The staff of the Parish gather for worship, teaching and relationship building on the first Tuesday of every month and in August it was our turn to host. At this gathering we shared a number of the tools we have recently developed that can be used by churches in the discipleship. Contact us if you’d like to find out more or host a morning for your church staff team.

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Learning from the city

Let the city be your classroom

The Warehouse is currently facilitating a process for the Every Nation Cape Town congregations to enable them to reimagine and plan their social transformation activities. The process is praxis-based and assists participants in discerning their particular call in responding to God’s justice. In our latest time together, we immersed ourselves in the city, in what we have come to refer to as a ‘mobile classroom’ — an experiential learning space where we allow various physical spaces in the city to inform our understanding, theology and practice. As part of this session, we spent time in Rondebosch, Delft and District 6, walking and learning from the places and their people. The day was framed by the story of Jesus entering the city of Jerusalem and weeping over it, and we explored the connections between this story and the story of our city, and unpacked what Jesus’ response might be today. Contact us if you’d like to find out more about this process for your church or congregation. Read more here.

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