Workshop on Socio-Economic Justice for Church leaders
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The Midlands Council of Churches requested PACSA to provide a three-day workshop on economic justice for 15 church leaders from the wider Pietermaritzburg area. The workshop was designed to foreground the idea that economics justice is about ensuring that resources are so allocated that each person has access to what they need to live a dignified life.The participants engaged in social analysis, using the See, Judge, Act cycle, and focussed on the question of power, and how it is exercised in society, poverty and development and unmasking the various interests being served by inequality and poverty. We used the interactive game STARPOWER to explore the concept of power and MANOMIYA to explore how neo-liberal paradigm of development reinforces the power of the dominant groups in society. The church leaders discussed the role of the church and their own roles in strengthening the hegemonic ideas and attitudes that reinforces inequality and powerlessness and explored how they could act in a counter-hegemonic manner. For the Rev. Shelembe, one of the participants, “the decision to act is the power!” We need to make choices which leads to a different result – a more equitable and just society.