St Peters Church recently ran a survey: Living in South Africa Today. In the survey we asked two simple questions…
- What do you think is the best thing about living in South Africa today?
- What do you think is the worst thing about living in South Africa today?
The responses have been really interesting. The following graphs represents a summary of the responses we received to the questions…
Figure 1: What do you think is the best thing about living in South Africa today?
Figure 2: What do you think is the worst thing about living in South Africa today?
But one thing we’ve been reminded of as we’ve compiled this survey – is just how unique South Africa is! Pie charts and percentages don’t paint the full picture. We’ve read in people’s words and seen in their faces: anger and frustration, hope and humour, sadness and confusion, joy and perseverance.
And so we did not just want to run a survey. We also wanted try to reflect on some of these very important issues and give some helpful teaching on how to live in South Africa today. At our Sunday morning services (8:00am & 9:30am) through September, we will be trying to shed some light on how to cope with the challenges and make the most of the opportunities in our unique country. We will do this with short, simple, biblical talks at these services. Some people write the Bible off as an ancient text written for ancient cultures. But every time we turn to it to see what it says about some of these big issues we find that it contains surprising (often uncomfortable!) truths, which resonate with our hearts, challenge our prejudices and give hope for the future.
We have also arranged some special guests for these services in September. These are people who are thought leaders and experts their field. We’ll be conducting informal interviews with them during the service.
So here’s the programme for September…..You’d certainly be very welcome to join us for any of these events.
|Sundays (8:00am & 9:30 am)||Special Guest Interview||Talk|
|6th September||Gavin Fish
Principal: Fish Hoek High
The State of Education
|Beauty, Uncertainty and Hope|
|13th September||Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela
Author: “A Human Being Died that Night”
Reconciliation & Forgiveness
|Crime, Violence and Forgiveness|
|20th September||Ruan Stander
Associate Portfolio Manager: Allan Gray
Investment Prospects and the Economy
|Prosperity, Inequality and Justice.|
|27th September||Paul Hoffman
Director: Accountability Now
Corruption and Accountability
|Corruption, Accountability and Sovereignty.|