Resolutions of the discussions around biblical, socio-economic and sociopolitical perspectives on land 8th September 2019 at Synod in East London
The following Bible texts were used as guiding principles in our deliberations and form part of an endeavor to be church here and now: 2 Kings 2:19-22; Deuteronomy 10: 10-22; Isaiah 5: 8-10; Leviticus 25: 23
Church to engage in social mobilisation within their respective communities using the concept of Ubuntu. Church to engage in and, where possible, influence government policy on land and land reform either through direct indirect channels. Church to use facilities and/or land to promote social cohesion through skills development/training/education to enhance the dignity of communities and people. This development, training and/or education can take the form of life skills and/or practical skills (e.g. bricklaying, carpentry etc.) In case where the church donates land to communities for development, the church should also be responsible to provide support post-donation and to provide managerial, financial and administrative guidance for sustainability. Church leaders to educate themselves on key aspects of land, land reform, housing and government programs in order to act as “advisors” the communities and community members and to assist with the social mobilisation of communities. Once educated and informed, church leaders can hold public officials to account and get public officials to report on key issues affecting and impacting on their communities/congregation. Church leaders are urged to ask the difficult questions and to demand the correct and specific answers to these questions. Church to play an active role as facilitator/mediator in situations where communities and the government are deadlocked around land housing and land reform. Church to adopt a consolidated, combined approach to building and maintaining key relationships with networks (local, provincial and national government and NGO’s) to influence, guide and/or direct community discussions/ debates around key land and land reform e.g. town planning.