Circle Around seeks to see, analyse, reflect and respond better to our context by asking meaningful questions that lead to better questions. Our conversations are aimed at helping the believers make sense of their world and then reimagining a new way of responding faithfully with full presence to the challenge of our urban society.
Place and Belonging: How can we be better Neighbours?
Space holds people's stories and lived experiences. But this isn’t the only way to think about belonging, identity and home. What are the things that make us feel like we belong or don’t belong? How do relationships form us and give us a sense of belonging?
Part of experiencing freedom in Jesus means that we know that every part of who we are matters to Him. Join Mahlatse and Lusanda Mashua in this next episode of Circle Around as they discuss how belonging is negotiated and what it means to navigate belonging between two worlds. They talk about how names matter because they tell us who we are. They share their personal experiences of code-switching between white and black spaces, between school and home. They share the pain of what it means to be a black person who at times is striving for a sense of belonging in their own country. By making room to remember these stories, we can be better neighbours. We can begin to intentionally affirm that which brings out the beauty of God in other people and resist the things that erase the image of God in ourselves and others. Tune in for all of this and more.
Place and Belonging: Home and Displacement
Many stories of place are in fact stories of pain. In this episode, Mahlatse and Lusanda Mashua explore a question that is important for all of us: "Where is home, where do I belong?” What does it mean to belong or to no longer belong, to come ‘home’ to a place we don’t recognize – or a place that doesn’t recognize us? When the teacher of the law asks "Who is my neighbour", Jesus responds by showing us how to be a neighbour – to those for whom the neighbourhood is a place of pain. Join Mahlatse and Lusanda as they explore home, belonging, displacement and how we might become better neighbours. All this and more in this episode of #CircleAround.
Place and Belonging: Why do we need to see place?
In this episode, Mahlatse and Lusanda Mashua talk about the importance of seeing place and the stories that places carry. In conversations about our world, what had gone wrong and how things can be made right, we often don't see the importance of spatial awareness as a spiritual practice and as cultural literacy. Why do we need to know about the history of places, and how does it help us to respond better and more compassionately to the questions therein? Join Mahlatse and Lusanda as they talk about this and much more in this episode.
A few weeks ago, Mahlatse and Lusanda Mashua spent time in studio reflecting on the legacy of Chadwick Boseman, and the conversation stirred by his work, life and his legacy. This episode of Circle Around touches on the epic memory Black Panther holds on our collective imagination as well as how pivotal cultural conversations invite us to see our stories, our agency and to live purposefully.
Women’s Month Part 2
In this episode, Mahlatse Mashua reflects on the urgency and responsibility of men to do more in response to the lived experience of women in South Africa.
Women’s Month Part 1
In this episode, Mahlatse and Lusanda Mashua are in conversation about Women’s Month, the reason we remember, what it comes to mean and how we can reclaim the purpose of this month. Lusanda and Mahlatse have a candid conversation about women’s experiences in South Africa, in the private sphere of family as well as unpacking the invisible and unhelpful ideas that sustain gender injustice and Gender-Based Violence.