Join thousands of Christians in Soweto on June 11!
For the last two years, Churches have been praying and planning about what the Lord would have us do on this 40th anniversary of June 1976. The following are the plans that have emerged, which have the full support and participation of SACLI.
l A forty day prayer campaign. Feel free to download and share your 40 day prayer guide and pray along on: http://www.jwipn.com/40-days-of-prayer-for-reconciliation/
l 11 June 2016. Christians are invited to come in their multiplied thousands and march through the streets travelled by the pupils of Soweto on the 16th June 1976, ending at the Orlando Stadium where an ecumenical church service will be held. Be sure to mobilse your Church to come to Soweto for festival of witness and reconciliation. Congregants should be seated in the stadium by 9h30 for a 10h00 start.
l 16 June 2016. A service will be held at the Hector Petersen Museum.
Congregations can contact the Logistical Coordinator of the SACC Cynthia on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0832603336, or Twinkie at email@example.com and 0604606558 to discuss logistics or transport. See bottom of the email for more details.
Christians address a 40 years legacy of racism.
This year is the 40th year since the Youth revolt of 1976. At the heart of that revolt was the enforced use of Afrikaans as a language of instruction in black schools. It was a parable of how South Africans handle power, race and racism
By God’s grace, South Africa today is a dramatically different country. Yet sadly, it continues to bear the scars of its past. Racism and Reconciliation remain challenges that are the subject of much heated national debate today.
Stirrings of hope
Stirred by the Spirit of the Lord, former veterans who were on both sides of the 1976 conflict have come forward to reconsider their journey of the last 40 years. They are former Afrikaner conscripts in the SANDF and other security apparatus of the former Apartheid government, conversing with those who were at the forefront of the black student marches on the 16th June 1976, now organised under the June 16 Foundation. They have a deep burden for reconciliation and a common commitment to a better and more hopeful future. They are determined to leave a different legacy for the next generation. They want to restore broken relationships; build new bridges, take hands in rebuilding what was broken and commit to a shared and hopeful future.
They have approached the Churches-TEASA, SACC and other affected church groupings, to accompany them in this journey of pertinence, faith and courage - confronting the past and constructing a shared future.
Beyond June 16
Building bridges of hope and sowing seeds of Reconciliation is an ongoing effort. The Churches will continue to encourage and facilitate initiatives of reconciliation throughout the country, beyond June 16 and toward Reconciliation day on 16th December.
WCC event on Conflict Situations
Ahead of this stadium event, the SACC will host the World Council of Churches for an international consultation titled: Consultation on Accompaniment of Churches in Conflict Situations – Seeking Resolution. The consultation will have the participation of churches from Columbia, Palestine, South Africa, Burundi, South Sudan, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo; and Nigeria, as well as other ecumenical organisations. The programme will run from 8 to 10 June 2016.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION DOCUMENT FOR 11 JUNE 2016
2. PROGRAM FOR THE DAY
2.1 The main event of the day starts at 10:00 sharp. Attendees are urgently requested to take their seats by 09:30.
2.2 The outline of the main event is the following:
* Singing of the National Anthem.
* A formal commemoration by veterans from all groupings. This will inter alia include the Last Post, laying of wreaths, raising of a cross, release of doves.
* A worship event which will inter alia include the following: message from Scripture, messages of reconciliation and peace by all groups from 1976, a video message by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, message by the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches and the reading of a Pledge by the youth of today with the future in mind (in all 11 languages and sign language).
* Praise and worship and opportunity for joint mutual prayer and interaction.
* Wonderful music: the Soweto Gospel Choir and Imilonji KaNtu will perform and most likely the well-known group Onbeskaamd.
2.3 The main event is preceded by a peace walk from the Madibane High School to the place where Abbey Lebelo died. A memorial plague will be unveiled. This will be followed by a peace relay race to the Orlando Stadium by young people from all groups and races.Four young people will then light the Flame of Reconciliation. The participants in these pre-events are selected groups only for the sake of safe logistics. They will be contacted individually.
2.4 The main event is followed by a program of youth games on the pitch of the stadium, short exhibition matches and music.
3.1 Entry into the Orlando Stadium
3.1.1 For the sake of the safety of every person attending, the City of Johannesburg needs to know exactly how many people enter the stadium. For this to happen, everyone must be in possession of an entry ticket (free of charge!) which can be obtained before the start of the event at designated kiosks outside the stadium.
3.1.2 There will be queues: please come in advance to be seated at 09:30.
3.2 Transport and parking
3.2.1 Persons coming with cars
Please park at NASREC (where the Rand Easter Show takes place). The City of Johannesburg provides buses to the Orlando Stadium and back.
3.2.2 Persons coming with own bus transport
220.127.116.11 Please park at NASREC (where the Rand Easter Show takes place). The City of Johannesburg provides buses to the Orlando Stadium and back.
18.104.22.168 Very important: For the sake of good planning and traffic control it is important to know how many/which buses are coming. Please contact Twinkie asap at firstname.lastname@example.org and 0604606558 to give your details.
3.2.3 Groups who need bus transport
22.214.171.124 Congregations are welcome to communicate their transport needs to the SACC Logistics Coordinator Cynthia at email@example.com and 0832603336, or Twinkie at firstname.lastname@example.org and 0604606558. Everything possible will be done to assist.
126.96.36.199 It would be a great help if congregations can collaborate with one another to organise bus transport.
3.2.4 Persons who want to use the Gautrain
188.8.131.52 It will also be possible to travel by Gautrain to Park Station and from there by metro busses to the Orlando Stadium. The bus stop is opposite the Orlando Stadium.
184.108.40.206 Take the Rea Vaya bus T3 direction Thokoza Park. The Rea Vaya busses depart from opposite the Gautrain station (Park Station).
220.127.116.11 Buy a ticket before you board the bus.
18.104.22.168 The busses depart with intervals of 30 minutes on Saturdays. Please plan train and bus travel to be on time at the stadium.
Participants can rest assured that all safety measures will be in place and that the hospitable citizens of Soweto will be assisting in this regard.
3.4 Dress code
This is for every person to decide in the light of the character of the occasion. The weather of the day will also be a determining factor. Bear in mind that it is winter.
3.5 Food and beverages
3.5.1 If people want to bring their own food and beverages they are welcome to do so. Own water is advisable.
3.5.2 The City of Johannesburg wants to make it possible for local residents to sell food and beverages. Support to them will really be welcome.
4. COME PRAYERFULLY AND WITH EXPECTATION
It is obvious, but it is good to remind one another about this while running our daily rat race. Journeying together with the 40 Days Pilgrimage of Prayer is excellent preparation. The prayer guide is available in electronic format on the Jericho Walls website at www.jwipn.com.
5. BRING SOMEONE WITH YOU
A pilgrimage of reconciliation creates the opportunity to invite fellow travellers to the journey. Perhaps the Lord is placing the name of someone on your heart you have to invite to join you.
6. PLEASE USE THE EMBLEM
6.1 Churches are kindly requested to use the emblem in their communication. The emblem is available as a separate file with this information document.
6.2 Advertisements regarding the event will be in the major newspapers this week and the next. The advertisement will also be made available to churches. Please use it.
31 May 2016