SACC: Rev Mehana's patriarchal recording has been a wake-up call for the church

The Methodist Church has been making headlines in recent weeks after a recording of one of its ministers making patriarchal remarks made rounds on social media angering a lot of people.

Reverend Vukile Mehana was suspended from the Methodist Church pending an investigation following his remarks about women ministers in the church not being allowed to ordain men.

702/CapeTalk's Eusebius McKaiser facilitated a conversation about patriarchy in the Church with Reverend Charmaine Morgan, Reverend Dr Libuseng Lebaka-Ketshabile and Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana.

According to Dr Libuseng Lebaka-Ketshabile, Coordinator for Women in Ministry, men, and women have significant roles to play in the lives of the community.

Read: Methodist Church to investigate reverend's demeaning comments about women

They are both made in the image of God.

Rev Charmaine Morgan, General Secretary of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa

She says women have equal value to men in the bible, but people do hold differing views.

It is true that there are people who hold the kind of beliefs we heard in that recording and many who hold those views do not speak out because it is not politically correct to do so.

Rev Charmaine Morgan, General Secretary of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa

So they hide behind excuses and assumptions as to why women cannot participate in the leadership of the church.

Rev Charmaine Morgan, General Secretary of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa

A church that is not led by men and women together is not a good church. It is not a good representation of what God has created for us to be.

Rev Charmaine Morgan, General Secretary of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa

Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana, General Secretary, SA Council of Churches says the council has recognised the importance of not only condemning what happened, but also creating a platform for the conversion process.

The council is in the process of designing the gender workshops which will be offered to the churches.

With that said, we are saying to all the churches that in the course of this year, we are offering gender training workshops.

Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana, General Secretary, SA Council of Churches

The Reverend Mehana episode has woken us up to the reality that is there, which is pervasive across the churches.

Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana, General Secretary, SA Council of Churches

To hear the rest of the discussion on patriarchy in the church, listen below:


This article first appeared on 702 : SACC: Rev Mehana's patriarchal recording has been a wake-up call for the church


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