Liturgy as an anti-racist praxis for Reformed Churches in South Africa

The sin of racism severely and deeply affects the victims. The response in many instances is to remain silent to survive. The result is traumatic and even becomes symptomatic unless addressed. This article discussed the role that liturgy could play as an anti-racist praxis. However, firstly is discu...

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Published in: In die skriflig : tydskrif van die Gereformeerde Teologiese Vereniging Vol. 55; no. 2; pp. e1 - e10
Main Authors: Baron, Eugene, Letsosa, Rantoa
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Afrikaans
Published: African Online Scientific Information Systems (Pty) Ltd t/a AOSIS 06-01-2021
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Summary: The sin of racism severely and deeply affects the victims. The response in many instances is to remain silent to survive. The result is traumatic and even becomes symptomatic unless addressed. This article discussed the role that liturgy could play as an anti-racist praxis. However, firstly is discussed the underlying struggle of two Reformed Churches to become not only in polity but in praxis, non-racial through the liturgy as an anti-racism praxis. Liturgy is defined in the article not only as referring to the liturgical elements of a worship service, but also within its broader sense as the covenant people's actions when they meet, listen to, worship and glorify the triune God within all contexts. This is also true when they mutually meet each other for edification. The authors focused partly on some liturgical elements in the worship service; however, the broader context - referring to the liturgy of life - received serious attention. Contribution The article holds that liturgy within the church service context, but mainly with what happens outside in life, would play a crucial role in helping Christians become anti-racist. The article follows a discourse analysis on the journey of two reformed denominations, on how they could, through the liturgy of life, establish an anti-racist praxis.
ISSN: 1018-6441
2305-0853
DOI: 10.4102/ids.v55i2.2709