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Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae

On-line version ISSN 2412-4265
Print version ISSN 1017-0499


WOMACK, Jonathan Michael  and  PILLAY, Jerry. The SACC since 1994: Ecumenism in Democratic South Africa. Studia Hist. Ecc. [online]. 2019, vol.45, n.2, pp.1-16. ISSN 2412-4265.

Prior to 1994, the South African Council of Churches (SACC) was a major role-player both globally and within South Africa, fulfilling a vital role in the struggle for justice in South Africa. Yet, since 1994 the SACC has all but disappeared from both the global as well as the popular South African ecumenical scene. The history of the SACC since 1994 is relatively unknown and sparsely documented. This article attempts to fill in some of that missing detail and to explore what has happened to the SACC since 1994. Working predominantly from news articles and documents from the SACC, the authors have endeavoured to piece together the state of the SACC since 1994. This article shows how the SACC emerged from the brink of closure and has once more started to function as a prophetic voice in South Africa. This movement from almost extinction to a rejuvenated function has been designated into three stages, namely survival, discernment and regeneration. However, the challenges are not over and this article concludes by highlighting two main challenges that the SACC is currently facing.

Keywords : ecumenism; ecumenical; South Africa; SACC; reconciliation; prophetic; contemporary history; original research; CORAT; holistic; Faith and Order.

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