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Urgent need for Peacemakers on our campuses! 
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Initiative to serve Churches as they engage as peacemakers on University Campuses


Jesus says in Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons (and daughters) of God.” 

YOU and your church can be a peacemaker at this crucial moment in South Africa’s history! 

Our crucial higher education system is being convulsed by a series of protests related to the #FeesMustFall movement. Police and security guards have been accused of using excessive force. Many students and staff are traumatised. Lives and property are at risk. Learning has ground to a halt. Poor students are still being excluded from education by high fees.  

The low levels of trust and major divisions call out to the church, the most trusted institution in the nation, to act by bringing people together to find a just and peaceful solution. You and your church can make a significant difference at this time.

The More than Peace coalition brings together a number of Christian organisations and churches, under the mandate of the South African Christian Leaders Initiative (SACLI), to work on establishing peace and social justice in our nation.

We have now built a team of expert mediators to intervene at the universities and help facilitate conversations to ensure that a peaceful and just solution can be achieved. The mediators are all experienced professionals with the time and capacity to mediate complex and ongoing disputes. This can help serve church leaders who may not have the time or high level skills to hold a long-term mediation, but who are called to engage as trusted community and spiritual leaders. The mediators will work as a team under the authority and with cooperation of local and national church and religious leaders. 

We are responding in two major ways: 
  1. The provision of experienced mediators to help bring people together to find a just solution to the crisis; we are doing this at a campus departmental level; at a broader campus level; and through engagement in the national conversation around Fees Must Fall. 
  2. Placing “Peace Witnesses” on Campuses to help calm situations by observing and praying.

You can join the team in three ways. 

1) We need volunteers to act as “Peace Witnesses”  to be observers on the campuses all over the country. This is urgent as the stand-off between students and security escalates each day. Each “Peace Witness” will be given training and will not have to actively intervene or place themselves in danger. Our ministry will be one of presence, prayer and witness. This has historically been proven to be highly effective in situations of potential conflict. You can sign up for the Peace Witness team by emailing info@sacli.org.za. You will be sent options for training in your area. 

2) Pray! Sign up to receive WhatsApp and email updates by texting 'PEACE’ to 074 6035382 or email 'PEACE’ to hilarymurdoch@gmail.com.

3) For a donation of R350 you can help enable a mediator to work for an hour resolving issues on campus. Mediators have worked for free up until now, but to sustain this work until a resolution is reached, we need to be able to help them sustain their families. The Warehouse bank details are included below. Use “Peace” as the reference. 


Over the past two weeks the team has had major success facilitating several mediations for different faculty groups at UCT. The team has been building relationships on several campuses around the nation and pre-mediation is beginning on two other campuses in Cape Town between students and administration. We have had teams of Peace/Justice Witnesses on three University campuses in the Western Cape observing the interactions between students and security and playing a calming role through our presence. 

The time for the church to serve our nation and our young people as peacemakers is now. South Africa is changing and needs the church to pastor it through this crucial transition.


The More than Peace coalition consists of: 
SACLI; Mennonite Central Committee; SADRA; The Warehouse; St John’s Parish Wynberg; NIM. These groups are all working to serve and support the work of local and national church leaders as they engage in peacemaking at this time. 

New members are welcome. 

The South African Christian Leaders Initiative (SACLI) is a broad network that exists to connect and amplify the voices of Christian leaders from all sectors of society.

The Warehouse bank details are: 

Account name: The Warehouse Trust
Account number: 071 883 053
Account type: Current
Bank: Standard Bank, 4 Dreyer Street, Claremont, 7700 South Africa
Branch: Claremont
Branch Code: 025109

Sec 18a certificates which allow you to make the donation tax deductible will be issued. 
 
Copyright © 2016 SACLI, All rights reserved.


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