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

Eugene Baron, Rantoa Letšosa
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 55, No 2 | a2709 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v55i2.2709 | © 2021 Eugene Baron, Rantoa Letšosa | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 December 2020 | Published: 27 August 2021

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Eugene Baron, Department of Practical and Missional Theology, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Rantoa Letšosa, Department of Practical and Missional Theology, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa


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Abstract

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.


Keywords

racism; anti-racism; reformed; liturgy; theology.

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