Thank you for taking the time to visit the College’s website. It serves as a window that enables you to see who we are, what we are all about and what we enjoy doing. Our community is made up of academic and non academic staff, seminarians and their families. We are nestled in the historic town of Makhanda/Grahamstown in Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. Our town is also known as the City of Saints, because of the many churches found here. This is a student town, with institutions of higher learning and public and prestigious private (church) schools.
In the past few years, the College has added two new academic courses, a Bachelor of Theology and an Advanced Diploma in Ministry. These qualifications have opened doors for many prospective students who might otherwise have not been able to register to study with us. As we prepare for the 2021 academic year, there can be no shadow of a doubt that it will be a different year. We have learned valuable lessons about ourselves, the church and the world, especially who we are and what we do. The way the Covid 19 virus spreads has changed how we gather. Social distancing is now part of our everyday vocabulary.
At the beginning of March 2020, I preached at our College Chapel and shared with the College community that there is no way to tell what lessons we will be bound to learn through this pandemic.
But one thing that I was certain about, is that we are going to learn what it means as a “community” to care for foes and friends.
Now more than ever we are called to be a community, a community that is very mindful that what was okay, normal and acceptable a few months ago: handshake, hug, exchanging the sign of peace, standing or sitting at close proximity, sharing the same Chalice, tincture your wafer, be it in lecture room dining hall, Chapel, Freedom Square or Common Room, is no longer okay, normal or acceptable. These signs of community sharing and caring are now acts that can be harmful and devastating to our community, as we might infect each other unknowingly.
What I pray for is that, who we are, and how we teach, learn, form and act henceforth will be influenced by the lessons we have learned during the COVID-19 pandemic. And amongst those lessons are;
- God is at work beyond our church properties
- We are truly called to be our sister’s and brother’s keeper
- Limits are artificial
- Intentional pastoral care is essential
- We are creative and resourceful
- Ministry of all believers is well and alive
And I’m sure there’s many more we can add to this list. We look forward to hearing from you and if at all possible having you as a seminarian and member of our community from 2021 onwards.
The Revd Canon Dr Vicentia Kgabe