UCCSAUnited Congregational Church of Southern Africa (South Africa)
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As a church, alongside other churches and Christians, UCCSA has lived in the shadow of this legislation for a quarter of a century, with many UCCSA ministers, members and children having languished in detention, in the wake of this law.
Through its general assembly at the time, UCCSA endorsed the Message to the People of South Africa (SACC 1968) and affirmed that "because God is love, and separation is the opposite force to love, a thorough policy of racial separation must ultimately require that the Church should cease to be the Church if applied to its members" (UCCSA assembly 1968).
UCCSA has not been prepared to limit the Word of God and the gospel of Christ to a conventional piety.
UCCSA had to grapple with, among others, the issues arising from the Soweto Student Uprising of 16 June 1976.
Resolutions such as these, however, did not come without intense debate and differences of opinion within UCCSA.
At its assembly in 1986, UCCSA, while not endorsing every statement in the Kairos document, responded to its challenge in a substantial way by setting in motion a process within the church aimed at the transformation of church and society in Southern Africa.
The effects of oppression and disunity within church and society in South Africa over the years also took a heavy toll on UCCSA churches, ministers and members in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Namibia.
UCCSA, alongside other ecumenically oriented churches in particular, recognizes that if we are going to rightly discern the signs of our times, we have to engage fully in theological, praxiological and ecclesiastical paradigm shifts.