Rev. Madika Sibeko tells her perceptions of Reformation as a Methodist preacher during her key note address.

On October 27th in the Peace Chapel at Emseni Conference Center, Rev. Kasper led the opening worship to open the hearts of the present theologians. The women gathered at the Female Theologians Forum are from the 15 member churches LUCSA . All the women have studied theology or are in the process of studying, and are here to be empowered through community with other theologians. The hope of this forum is to further prepare for the 500th celebration of the Reformation that is to commence in Namibia in 2017.

Rev. Dr. David Tswaedi, the Executive Director of LUCSA, followed the chapel service with an opening blessing that poignantly opened the theme of the forum, “Rediscovering Grace: An African Woman’s Perspective on Reformation.” He reminded the women that this forum draws us to the centre of the Gospel, which is grace itself. “Grace is the pith, the centre, of the theme. Where grace is absent, the face of God is missing as well,” he concluded.

Then the Former Presiding Bishop of Namibia, Rev. Dr. Kameeta, led a short testimony of how his service in the office of the Bishop helped him to rediscover God’s grace and its renewing power. “God’s grace is nurturing like mothers milk,” he stated, “May you rediscover strength through God’s nurturing grace.”

The week will continue with sessions that are focused on what it means to be a Lutheran, to celebrate the reformation that has happened already with in the Lutheran church since the reformation, and how we can further reform in the coming 500 years.