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DEWCOM

The Doctrine, Ethics and Worship Committee (DEWCOM) of the MCSA is a committee of Conference.

DEWCOM is mandated by Conference to respond to questions that face the church on doctrinal and ethical matters, as well as to assist with the development of appropriate liturgies for the life of the church. DEWCOM is not a policy making body, but provides information to Conference, which then instructs the relevant structures of the church to consider their recommendations. On this page, the reader will find discussion papers and other material that has formed part of DEWCOM’s work. For final expressions on polity and practice, the reader is asked to consult the Yearbooks and Book of Order of the MCSA. Papers and other material appearing here do not necessarily reflect the views and polity of the MCSA.

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SMMS News June 2018

A Profession of the MCSA’s Unity and Diversity Within the Context of the Church’s Conversation on Same-Sex Relationships.

Prepared by: Rev. Roger Scholtz
Status: Adopted by DEWCOM
Date: July 2014

SMMS News June 2018

Archive documents on Sacraments

Author: Several
Status: Archive
Date: 1980 onwards

SMMS News June 2018

Advance directives – “Living Will”

Author: Rev. Kenneth Carr
Status: Discussion document for adoption by Conference
Context: On the question of a living will…
Date: March 2010

SMMS News June 2018

The Rise of African Biblical scholarship

Author: Rev. P.M.S. Matsepe
Status: Referred paper
Context: This paper explores African hermeneutics…
Date: July 2007 meeting

SMMS News June 2018

African Culture and Homosexual relationships

Author: Rev. Sijadu Nkomonde
Context: In light of the same-sex debate…
Date: Presented at the October 2006 meeting

SMMS News June 2018

An ecclesiology with particular reference to the mission of the Church as it concerns the Apostolate of the laity

Author: Rev. Tim Attwell
Context: The MCSA recognises the importance of every-member ministry…
Date: Presented at the May 2007 meeting

SMMS News June 2018

An initial response to the lima text

Author: Several
Status: Archive
Date: 1982 onwards

SMMS News June 2018

Archive documents on Satanism, Occult and the New Age movement

Author: Several
Status: Archive
Date: 1982 onwards

SMMS News June 2018

Bibliography on Mission in South Africa

Author: Rev. Wessel Bentley
Context: Resources for mission are not well known…
Date: Presented at the October 2006 meeting

SMMS News June 2018

Neither the bible nor the state defines marriage Only civil society, despite church and state, defines it

Author: Rev. Dr. Brian Wilkinson
Context: Paper delivered at the Conference on Family life…
Status: Conference Paper
Date:October 2012

SMMS News June 2018

Caring for the elderly

Author: Rev. Faan Myburgh
Context: How to adequately deal with or stop the abuse of the frail elderly…
Status: Discussion document
Date: February 2013

SMMS News June 2018

CCD violence debate

Author: Several
Status: Archive
Date: 1986 onwards

SMMS News June 2018

Should we become a peace church?

Author: Several
Status: Archive
Date: 1986 onwards

SMMS News June 2018

Christians and Same-sex Relationships

Author: DEWCOM
Context: DEWCOM was mandated by Conference to supply a discussion guide by 2003…
Date: Conference 2003

SMMS News June 2018

Clerical and preaching wear – Women’s perspective

Author: Rev Dr Janette Krige
Context: A position offered on women’s perspective of the use of clerical and preaching wear in the MCSA context…
Date: May 2011

SMMS News June 2018

Climate change – A challenge to the churches in South Africa

Author: South African Council of Churches (Used with permission)
Context: Document on climate change. Status: SACC document…
Date: 1 October 2009

SMMS News June 2018

A theological consideration of the ‘Covenant relationship’

Author: Rev. Tim Attwell
Context: The debate concerning stipends in the MCSA has raised questions…
Date: Presented at the May 2007 meeting.

SMMS News June 2018

Same-sex debate (1)

Date: February 2014

SMMS News June 2018

Same-sex debate (2)

Date: February 2014

SMMS News June 2018

Discourses on changing Family Life

Author: Dr Lilian Siwila
Context: Paper delivered at the Conference on Family life.
Status: Conference Paper
Date: October  2012

SMMS News June 2018

Divergent convictions and more

Author: Rev. Faan Myburgh
Status: Discussion document
Date: February 2014

SMMS News June 2018

Archive documents on Exorcism

Author: Trevour Van Zyl De Bruyn
Context: Interim report on exorcism for the Doctrine Committee’s consideration
Status: Archive
Date: 1993

SMMS News June 2018

Personal journeys – Linking historical overviews with personal stories of family life

Author: Mr George Ellerbeck
Context: Paper delivered at the Conference on Family life.
Status: Conference Paper
Date: October  2012

SMMS News June 2018

Gracious words for difficult times

Author: Several
Status: Crchive
Date: 1986 onwards

SMMS News June 2018

Guidelines for the use of clerical vestments

Author: Rev. Tim Attwell
Context: A contribution vestments and clerical attire.
Status: Official DEWCOM document.
Date: 17 March 2009

SMMS News June 2018

Guidelines on the Christian Calendar and Christian Holy Days

Author: Rev. Tim Attwell
Status: Adopted by DEWCOM
Date: July 2014

SMMS News June 2018

Holding hands is not for sissies

Author: Rev. Greg Andrews
Context: In light of the same-sex debate, Rev Andrews presented this paper…
Status: Adopted by DEWCOM
Date: Presented at the October 2006 meeting

SMMS News June 2018

In the Shoes of the Samaritan Study material

Author: Several
Status: Archive
Date: 1986 onwards

SMMS News June 2018

Infant Baptism – Synod 2010 discussion questions

Author: Dr Wessel Bentley and Rev Peter Grassow
Context: A short document to stimulate discussion on the MCSA’s usage of infant baptism…
Status: To be discussed by Synods of 2010
Date: March 2010

SMMS News June 2018

Caring for Families Pastorally in a Post Modern World

Author: Rev. Dr. Leon Klein
Context: Paper delivered at the Conference on Family life.
Status: Conference Paper
Date: October  2012

SMMS News June 2018

Living together in the household of God. Stipends.

Author: Rev. Roger Scholtz
Context: These articles were published in The New Dimension as a series addressing…
Status: Adopted by DEWCOM.
Date: 4 March 2008

SMMS News June 2018

The Response of the Church to changing family structures

Author: Ms Louise Peters
Context: Paper delivered at the Conference on Family life.
Status: Conference Paper
Date: October  2012

SMMS News June 2018

Marriage

Author: Rev Peter Grassow
Context: A discussion document on the Christian understanding of marriage…
Status: DEWCOM response for Conference 2010
Date: August 2010

SMMS News June 2018

Dodging the dogmatisms: methodist reflections on abortion

Author: Rev. Prof. Neville Richardson
Context: The MCSA’s stance on abortion has been questioned. In this paper, Rev. Prof. Richardson explores the theological and ethical considerations relating to this issue.
Date: Submitted at the May 2006 meeting

SMMS News June 2018

CUC: Model for a United Church

Author: Rev. Dr. Wessel Bentley
Context: A discussion document on moral decay and the Church’s prophetic role.
Status: Discussion document
Date: August 2012

SMMS News June 2018

Moral decay discussion document

Author: Rev. Roger Scholtz
Context: These articles were published in The New Dimension as a series addressing theological underpinnings for the understanding of stipends
Status: Adopted by DEWCOM.
Date: 4 March 2008

SMMS News June 2018

Occult and the New Age movement

Author: Several
Context: Paper on Satanism and the occult
Status: Archive
Date: 1982 onwards

SMMS News June 2018

Ordained Deacons and the Sacraments

Author: Rev. Dr. Dion Forster
Context: The Order of Deacons requested permission to dispense the Elements…
Date: Presented at the May 2007 meeting.

SMMS News June 2018

Ordering our Church Space

Author: Rev. Vusi Vilakati
Context: Discussion document on the utilisation of church-space.
Status: Discussion document
Date: August 2012

SMMS News June 2018

Ordination and non-itinerant ministry

Author: Rev Peter Grassow
Context: Discussion document on the meaning of ordination and non-itinerant ministry in the MCSA
Status: DEWCOM response for Conference 2010
Date: August 2010

SMMS News June 2018

Pastoral letter regarding Peace Church

Author: Several
Status: Archive
Date: 1986 onwards

SMMS News June 2018

Position paper on the MCSA and the use of lottery money

Author: Dr Wessel Bentley
Status: Position paper adopted by DEWCOM
Date: February 2014

SMMS News June 2018

The way forward in the same-sex discourse (model 2)

SMMS News June 2018

Response to Rev Dr Dion Foster’s document regarding “Ordained Deacons and the Sacraments”

Author: Mrs. Dianne Sundberg
Context: This document argues for the right of Deacons to receive dispensation…
Date: 1 September 2009

SMMS News June 2018

Same-sex relationships: An alternative view to the Discussion Guide

Author: Rev. Dave Morgan
Context: In light of the same-sex debate, Rev. Morgan argues that the findings…
Status: Under discussion
Date: Presented at the October 2006 meeting.

SMMS News June 2018

Satanism, Occult and the New Age movement

Author: Several
Status: Archive
Date: 1982 onwards

SMMS News June 2018

Scripture and same-sex relations

Author: Rev. Ray Alistoun
Context: In light of the same-sex debate, Rev. Alistoun argues that same-sex relationships are not viewed in a positive light by Scripture.
Date: Presented at the October 2006 meeting.

SMMS News June 2018

Statement on the ministry of oversight

Author: Rev. Dr. Wessel Bentley
Context: Statement on the MCSA understanding of the office of the Bishop/Presiding Bishop.
Status: Statement as requested by Conference
Date: August 2012

SMMS News June 2018

Stipend discussion document DEWCOM

SMMS News June 2018

Summary on the use of stoles

Author: Rev Tim Attwell
Context: A summary on the use of stoles in Christian ecclesiology
Status: Correspondence with enquiring clergy
Date: May 2011

SMMS News June 2018

Surrogate Motherhood

Author: Rev. Ken Carr
Context: Considering the debate on adoption and parenthood, Rev. Carr explores the theological…
Date: Presented at the May 2007 meeting.

SMMS News June 2018

The Christian and violence

SMMS News June 2018

The Methodist Church of Southern Africa and homosexuality

Author: Rev. Ndhiko Mtshiselwa
Context: A contribution to the same-sex discussion by an ordained minister in the MCSA
Status: Discussion paper received by DEWCOM.
Date: 17 March 2009

SMMS News June 2018

Some resolutions responding to Peace Church

Author: Several
Status: Archive
Date: 1986 onwards

SMMS News June 2018

Undoing closure: A contribution to the same-sex discussion

Author: Rev. Faan Myburgh
Context: A contribution to the same-sex discussion by an ordained minister in the MCSA
Status: Discussion paper received by DEWCOM.
Date: 17 March 2009

The homosexual person, the church, and grace

Endorsement for climate change document

Position paper on infant baptism