We Are All Church South Africa (WAACSA) is a renewal movement initiated by a small group of Catholics in South Africa in November 2010 who wished to grow the Church’s commitment to the vision of the second Vatican Council. The movement subsequently became an independent affiliate of The International Movement We Are Church (IMWAC).
WAACSA grew quickly by word of mouth, and today has approximately 300 Members and Friends throughout South Africa. There are currently three branches: Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal, and the Western Cape. Members’ meetings and/or public lectures are held regularly in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.
A mission statement was finalised in October 2011, and our former name (We Are Church) was changed. The Mission Statement was sent to the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC), who responded by suggesting that WAACSA meet with the SACBC’s Theological Advisory Commission. Two meetings were held following which Archbishop Jabulani Nxumalo recommended that there be further engagement between the bishops and WAACSA on ways in which the movement might take its legitimate place in the life of the Church. A meeting with the bishops was requested but denied.
WAACSA is committed to working within the Church, and sees itself as a renewal movement, not a dissident group. WAACSA aims to play an active role in renewing the Church in South Africa through a particular focus on promoting dialogue both within the local Church and with outside groups. We believe that it is only when actively listening to others that we feel the true compassion that leads to healing acts and the drive for social justice for which Jesus Christ gave his life. In 2014 the Mission Statement was revised to reflect these priorities and subsequently updated in 2018. The Mission Statement can be read in the tab “Aims and Mission Statement”