ECSA Bulletin

by Episcopal Churchmen for South Africa
New York, New York, United States
December 10, 1985
10 pages
Contents: HARARE DECLARATION • K A I R 0 S • THE KAIROS DOCUMENT CHALLENGE TO THE CHURCH A Summary • The newsletter reprints newspaper articles including "South African Protagonists Invoke Christianity" by Allister Sparks, "Imprisoned by Past Ideology, Pretoria's Ruling National Party a Sluggish Giant" by Allister Sparks, "Banks Urged to Pressure S. Africa" by Michael Isikoff, "Moment of truth arrives" by Walter Schwarz, and "Apartheid seen as the Antichrist" by Clifford Longley. The newsletter includes a copy of the Harare Declaration adopted by leaders of Churches from Western Europe, North America, Australia, South Africa and other parts of Africa, along with representatives of the World Council of Churches, the World Association of Reformed Churches, the Lutheran World Federation and the All Africa Conference of Churches in Harare, Zimbabwe on 6 December 1985. The newsletter reports laypeople and clergy in South Africa from a wide spectrum of Christian churches began meeting together in July 1985, impelled by the fast-moving human devastation overwhelming their country; by September they had produced KAIROS - a document entitled Challenge to the Church: A Theological Comment on the Crisis in South Africa; the 153 signatories range from members of the Apostolic Faith Mission Church to the Roman Catholic – parish priests, theologians, nuns, church officials; women and men, four-fifths of them black; some have served periods of detention, several had been tortured by the South African security police. The newsletter says divestment is only a stage of the total effort needed to act in support of the people of Namibia and South Africa; comprehensive mandatory economic sanctions require a national dedication; and, Americans must guard against and stop their government's stealthy entry into the South African and Namibian war of independence by way of support for UNITA in Angola. The newsletter discusses the state of emergency, Nelson Mandela, political prisoners, banning orders, banned movements, exiles, universal suffrage, Soweto, June 16, a World Day of Prayer, apartheid, the trade union movement, the Foundation for Peace and Justice, Theology in Global Context Project, the Dutch Reformed Church, the Afrikaner community, Carel Boshoff, Desmond Tutu, the Vaal Ministers Solidarity Committee, the Afrikaner Broederbind, Pieter W. Botha (P.W. Botha), Grrit Viljoen, the African National Congress (ANC), Steven Biko, the South African Defence Force (SADF), police, Wynand Malan, the Progressive Federal Party (PFP), Chief Gatsha Buthelezi, Inkatha, Anton Rupert, Rembrandt tobacco, Anglo-American, Gavin Relly, Zac de Beer, Hermann Giliomee, black townships, the United Democratic Front (UDF), C.F. Beyers Naude, the South African Council of Churches (SACC), Fritz Leutwiler, Western European banks, Rep. Howard Wolpe, U.S. banks, Citibank, Chase Manhattan, Allan Boesak, the Catholic Institute of International Relations, the British Council of Churches, Father Albert Nolan, Oliver Tambo, Chief Albert Luthuli, the Conservative Party, liberation theology, the Institute of Contextual Theology, and the Stony Point Center.
Used by permission of former board members of the Episcopal Churchpeople for a Free Southern Africa.
Collection: George M. Houser (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections