Koinonia, our conference centre in Johannesburg, hosted a group of first year honors students (involved in medicine, international studies and other programs) from Taylor University, Upland , Indiana (USA). Pursuing a course on “Restorative Justice in the Arts”, they are examining justice, mercy and faithfulness, with reference to Mt 23:23, in the context of the past and ongoing struggles in South Africa. In the Western Cape they heard from Arts faculty members at the Universities of Cape and Stellenbosch, visited a film project and the National Art Gallery, interacted with theologian Professor John de Gruchy, and visited District Six and Robben Island.
In Cape Town they participated in services at St George’s Anglican Cathedral, and at Christ Church, Kenilworth (also Anglican), and in Johannesburg at the Central Methodist Church where they met Bishop Paul Verryn, a well known activist on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers. From Koinonia, the group visited the Apartheid Museum, the Constitutional Court, the Johannesburg Art Gallery, and interacted with Arts faculty members at the Universities of Johannesburg, the Witwatersrand and South Africa. At the Market Theatre they watched “Yellow Man”, a powerful play about race, dysfunction and love, set in Carolina, USA in the 1960s.
Tayor is a small interdenominational Christian University. Students sign a covenant as part of their profession of faith, committing themselves to loving God and one another.