‘Churches not just places for burials’

2012-03-22 00:00

A FUTURE suitable president will hopefully come out the woodwork once the youth have developed morals and strength of character.

This is the view of Umngeni Ministers’ Fraternity chairperson Reverend Thomas Mchunu, whose movement chose Human Rights Day to remind people that churches exist to help and guide them in times of crisis.

The movement also wants church leaders to be more proactive about local issues.

Mchunu’s colleague, Pastor Themba Nxele, who calls himself a product of the Christian education system, said at a meeting in Howick yesterday: “Our children are now at a loss, they have no moral compass anymore.”

Mchunu said the group had the support of more than 500 church ministers in the Umngeni area and its executive committee believed that more like-minded pastors and priests would join.

“We have been doing things for our community for some time, but it was felt by many of us that if we joined forces our efforts would be doubled,” said Mchunu.

“So we began to approach the churches in other wards and the idea has gone from strength to strength.”

Mchunu says the goal of the movement was to get the churches involved in community matters so they could understand the social issues that were affecting their congregations and could help effectively.

He said: “We want to understand things like HIV and Aids so we can talk about it in the church. Some people do not like this idea, but our people are dying and we cannot ignore this. Church is not just a place for burials.”

Mandla Ntombela, the movement’s secretary, said church leaders were aware of certain places where drugs were being sold. More communication with the police and good co-operation with other churches could close these places, he said.

If you would like to find out more, call Reverend Thomas Mchunu at 083 966 4224.

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