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In her lecture entitled "Has the Anglican Church of Desmond Tutu Lost her Prophetic Voice?" the Rev. Canon Natalie Arendse examines shifts in the Anglican Church of South Africa (ACSA).

Archbishop Emeritus Njongonkulu Ndungane succeeded Archbishop Desmond Tutu as Archbishop of Cape Town in 1996. Ndungane was subsequently succeeded by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba in 2006. Makgoba currently serves as Archbishop of Cape Town and Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. Ndungane’s arch episcopacy was focused on the cancellation of third-world debt, antiretrovirals, the poverty hearings, and forming young leaders—especially women priests and bishops—for the ACSA.

Makgoba has been attentive to areas of theological education, social development and ecumenism. As South Africa looks forward to celebrating 30 years since its first democratic elections, Arendse calls the Anglican Church of South Africa to reflect—arguing that it has been silent and complicit about the very things for which the “rainbow nation” fought. 



About the Rev. Canon Natalie Arendse

The Rev. Canon Natalie Arendse is the Associate Rector of St Philip’s Anglican Church in Kenwyn, Cape Town. Ordained as deacon in 2004 and to the priesthood in 2005, Natalie served as assistant priest at two churches and program manager for theology and development at HOPE Africa; the social development office of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA). She served as chaplain to St Cyprian’s Anglican School for seven years before accepting the call to serve St. Philip’s Church; one of six churches in the parish of St. John the Evangelist. She also leads the St. John’s Leadership Academy, a formation program for lay and ordained leaders.

Natalie serves as Canon on the Chapter of the Diocese of Cape Town and a Fellowship of Vocation Warden. She is the clerical representative for ACSA to the Anglican Consultative Council and a member of the Advisory Board for Theological Education of ACSA.