Restoring Resilience - Re-imagining the dream

Colleen Saunders – The Warehouse, Cape Town, South Africa – July 2018

Much of my work is with disadvantaged communities, mostly with people regarded as ‘coloured’. I have long been aware that coloured people have very specific challenges that are not being addressed within the general narrative of ‘black’ and ‘white’ in South Africa, and that many of the destructive or harmful behaviours evident in these communities point to an absence of resilience. It’s only when I read about the concept of body memory that I realised how the coloured peopleas a body are affected by past trauma. I also have a strong belief in the power of the Holy Spirit, and that even Christians who subscribe to integral mission sometimes neglect the more charismatic aspects of the Gospel. I felt that presenting this paper at the Micah Global conference would be a good opportunity to share what I’ve been thinking on all these issues, to find out whether people groups in other countries have similar challenges to that of the coloured people, and to share ideas and experiences of how the church has been addressing these challenges.