We believe the wholeness of human life (captured in the red triangle of our logo) is possible only in relation to Jesus Christ, who ultimately embodies wholeness. From the early pages of the biblical story, we encounter the integrated life as the life God designed for us, and the life that Jesus came to restore. So, through faith in Jesus Christ we embark on a journey toward wholeness that will find its end in the new heavens and new earth.
This is a powerful reversal of the typically disconnected and fragmented lives that we lead, alienated from God, each other, ourselves and creation itself. This is the “living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3) that we want to embody at UCT.
We form whole-life disciples of Jesus Christ (or worshippers, cf. Romans 12:1-2), more specifically, through the integration of three embodies practices – community, discipleship, and mission.
Apart from the day-to-day, drop-in discipleship culture, the Student Y accomplishes its vision by means of many activities that include programs, projects, and events. They aren’t set in stone, but change as we innovatively try to connect with the real needs of the context. That said, the following would be an example of our core programs:
Hub exists to equip student to live as sent people to bless our broken world. It is a weekly meeting [Fridays, 5:30-7:30pm] where we eat a meal together, engage a topic around tables, and challenge ourselves to live out the implications of the gospel for life, leadership and service.
Pods are small groups that seek to build community and come to terms with the gospel of the kingdom as found in the biblical story. Our Bible studies emphasise the overall storyline and implications of creation, fall, redemption, and new creation on the Christian life.
Forums are spaces where we get intentional about engaging the campus on issues relevant to the university sphere. The aim is to go out into campus, listen and give reasoned theological engagement on issues and stories. Figs “Faculty Impact Groups” are discipline-specific fellowships that are intentional about helping students integrate their faith into the entirety of their lives, focusing particularly on their role as students of particular academic disciplines.