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Youth Day Workshop: How to become a Climate Activist through Interfaith Engagement

On Sunday 12 June, 15 diverse Cape Town teenagers participated in a workshop to learn how to become a Climate Activist through Interfaith engagement. The group consisted of 5 Muslim, 5 Christian and 5 Jewish high school learners. They gathered at the Groote Kerk Complex in Kloof St, Cape Town, where Ds Riaan De Villiers had kindly made a hall available to the group. The workshop was convened by Craig Nudelman, the recently appointed Interfaith Officer at Cape SA Jewish Board of Deputies, and...

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Safer & Healthier Places of Worship graduation ceremony

Wednesday 18 May was a landmark day for SAFCEI as we celebrated the graduation ceremony of 11 faith leaders in a world-first – the Safer & Healthier Places of Worship training presented in collaboration with the City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management, SAPS Explosives Unit, and the HAWKS. The faith leaders who participated in the two-phase training represented mosques, temples, and churches. During Phase 1 of the course, they learned about emergency coordination and evacuation...

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Regional Women’s FLEAT blog reflections

Blog by Elizabeth Charley Attending the Regional Women's FLEAT (Faith Leader Environmental Advocacy Training) workshop from 22 to 24 February 2022, I have been granted a golden opportunity to visualize the broad spectrum of what exactly an Environmental advocate really does and properly understand issues of environmental justice. These are issues of climate change and environmental pollution (environmental injustice). if there is climate change and there are no actions taken it clearly...

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Learning about the Northern Cape

The almost eight-hour cross country drive from Kimberley to Okiep, 8km north of Springbok in the Northern Cape, took us through a sprinkling of neglected and forgotten towns and across two of South Africa’s most significant rivers, the mighty Orange and its main tributary, the Vaal. We learned from faith leaders at a Faith and Eco-Justice workshop the day before, that the past two years have seen a considerably higher rainfall than is common in this usually dry and arid region. The results...

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Kimberley workshop on eco-justice and Earthkeeping

SAFCEI visited one of our longstanding FLEAT members in Kimberley today and helped him to broaden his network of Earthkeepers in diverse churches in his area. Anglican Father Thomas Mhuriro has been a member of FLEAT South Africa since 2012. Today he told 25 faith leaders from the Kimberley – Kuruman district of the Northern Cape that he did not always understand the importance of earth keeping as part of his faith. It was only when he joined Safcei’s FLEAT (Faith Leader Environmental Advocacy...

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FLEAT blog: FLEAT is not a fleeting moment

FLEAT workshop reflections by Rebecca Munetsi I have travelled the world, I have been to Spain Zaragoza, I have been to Zambia, Lusaka, Namibia Windhoek and in my country Zimbabwe. I have gone around Zimbabwe as a journalist. I write, I wrote stories, I attend and I attended workshops but I am ashamed to admit that some of the things that I have learnt in some of the workshops that I attended I can’t remember. If I do some of them, I haven’t practised them as yet. August 2021, I attended a...

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Safer and Healthier Places of Worship

On Thursday 3 March SAFCEI achieved a world first. Together with our partners at City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management and the SAPS Explosives Unit, we have taken public-private partnership and collaboration to a new level with the launch of our Safer and Healthier Places of Worship project. This is a pro-active risk reduction, resilience building course aimed at equipping faith leaders and their congregations with the skills, resources and knowledge base to take them beyond a world of...

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The Future of People and Planet

Our Regional Interfaith Dialogue series for 2022 got off to a powerful start on Monday 14 February, with our first Southern African conversation for the year entitled What does your faith say about the future of people and planet.  “Future” is a critical word here because this year, we focus on the voices of youth and we open an intergenerational conversation. Thirty faith leaders from across the sub continent took part. Faith represented include Christianity, Muslim, African Traditional,...

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Prayers for the City 2022

Every year on the first Sunday in February, Capetonians gather to share Prayers for the City. It was a tradition started in 2000 by former Mayor Gordon Oliver, who asked Cape Town residents of all traditions to pray together at the start of every year. After 2011, when World Interfaith Harmony Week was first established by the United Nations as an annual event from 1 – 7 Feb , the event was moved to the first Sunday in February in solidarity with this global movement with its universal message...

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FLEAT: Tree planting in Malawi and launch of Churches National Tree Planting Day

Mthetho Lungu, a member of our Regional FLEAT (Faith Leader Environmental Advocacy Training) 2 group shares his updates on tree planting activities in Malawi. "On 11th February 2018, representing the Malawi Council of Churches (MCC) I successfully coordinated delivery and planting of trees for Mvama CCAP Church in Area 49 Dubai, Mchezi Anglican Church along with African Methodist Episcopal Church at Mchezi, and Mzobwe CCAP Church at Nsundwe. 2,600 tree seedlings were planted including guava,...

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