30 March 2007

Thandanani - ecumenical discussion forum

I've started a new discussion forum on YahooGroups called Thandanani.

It is for Christians of different backgrounds and traditions to learn about each other's faith traditions and discuss their worship, theology, doctrines, beliefs and practices in an atmosphere of mutual respect.

Thandanani is a Zulu word that means "love one another".

The aim is to have discussion rather than debate, exchange of information rather than proselytising and polemics. For it to work we need to have active participation of Christians from a wide variety of traditions -- the fundamental, the sacramental and the sentimental: all are welcome.

The Thandanani forum has its origins in one with similar aims on the FamilyNet BBS network. That forum was called PHILOS, from the Greek word for friendship. Like that one, Thandanani is intended to be a place where Christians can discuss their differences and what they have in common in a friendly atmosphere.

I was moved to revive it by Les Chatwind, one of my fellow synchrobloggers, who wanted to discuss Orthodox theology, and I couldn't think of another suitable forum.

For the purposes of the forum "Christian" means those who believe in the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It's not an interfaith forum -- there are other forums for that.

You don't have to be a Christian to join; you just need to have an interest in the topic and want to learn more.

To learn more, and how to join, visit


Group Email Addresses
Post message: thandanani@yahoogroups.com
Subscribe: thandanani-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
Unsubscribe: thandanani-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com
List owner: thandanani-owner@yahoogroups.com


Les said...

I've put my name in the hat to join up. Thanks for thinking of me Steve. Looking forward to the adventure.

Steve Hayes said...

Thanks Les -- look forward to interesting discussions!


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