For the sixth consecutive year Women in Action's trained trauma counsellors participated in the annual 16 Days of Activism against gender based violence (25 November - 10 December), by offering men and women the opportunity to speak about their traumatic history of abuse and begin the journey from victim to victor. 7 Dec 2016 Read more >> The Godllywood self-help group highlights a different aspect of a Spirit of Excellence at its monthly meetings, encouraging women to embrace exemplary standards and develop admirable qualities in themselves. Besides challenging women to identify areas for personal growth and correct attitudes or behaviour which do not produce positive results, women are motivated to grow into Godly role models for others to emulate. 3 Nov 2016 Read more >> At the ninth Godllywood self-help meeting, women learned the importance of honouring and embracing their role as the nurturer in the family. Through this important function, women provide essential input for their husbands and children which helps to establish happy homes and balanced, well-adjusted members of society. 6 Oct 2016 Read more >> During September communities internationally mark Childhood Cancer Awareness month, showing solidarity and support for families who have patients diagnosed with paediatric oncology. 29 Sep 2016 Read more >> Exploring aspects of the virtue of discernment, the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God's (UCKG) Godllywood's self-help group referred to wisdom revealed in the Biblical book of Proverbs, written by King Solomon, to demonstrate the importance of this quality for those seeking a spirit of excellence. The theme of this year's programme is a Spirit of Excellence and each month women are challenged to correct aspects of their lives which do not produce positive results. By amending attitudes and behaviour they can become better people who reflect their position as being Godly women. 27 Sep 2016 Read more >> Participating in the Wedding Expos in Durban and Johannesburg during August gave the Bulletproof Marriage teams opportunities to help thousands of engaged couples learn skills to manage marriage successfully, invest in their relationship, and live happily ever after. 1 Sep 2016 Read more >> One of Women in Action's (WiA) important outreach initiatives during Women's Month is their visit to the Kgosi Mampuru II Female Correctional Facility in Pretoria. Since 2013 the group has been visiting the inmates during August and reminding them that despite their past actions, they are precious and valuable and have not been forgotten. 31 Aug 2016 Read more >> The international best-selling relationship guide, Bulletproof Marriage: Your shield against divorce, is proud and honoured to sponsor the Fashion Theatre at the Johannesburg Wedding Expo which will be held at the Ticketpro Dome on 27 and 28 August 2016. The purpose of this sponsorship is to make couples aware of the importance of preparing for marriage and investing in a life-long relationship rather than limiting their focus to the wedding day celebration. 16 Aug 2016 Read more >> On Women's Day, a group of more than 25,000 women, men and children, marched 5km in absolute silence from the Maponya Mall in Soweto to the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God's Diepkloof church, paying tribute to legendary leaders who, 60 years ago, listened to their inner voice and were one of the catalysts for change in South Africa. 11 Aug 2016 Read more >> Have you prepared to live happily ever after?
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Continuing their journey of discovering the central characteristics of people who have a spirit of excellence, the July meeting of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God's Godllywood self-help group explored the seventh characteristic of a spirit of excellence, which is trusting God. 28 Jul 2016 Read more >> The annual International Nelson Mandela Day celebrated on Madiba's birthday on 18 July, is more than a celebration of his legendary life and legacy, but a global initiative to honour his values and his dedication to the service of humanity. The call for individual volunteerism encourages everyone to devote 67 minutes to community service to help uplift people, show love and support and make the world a better place for everyone. 26 Jul 2016 Read more >> Thousands of women who gathered in Johannesburg for the monthly Godllywood self-help meeting, as well as those linked in the provinces and neighbouring countries, learned another valuable lesson on how to achieve a spirit of excellence in all that they do. The initiative, organised by the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God's (UCKG), Godllywood group, seeks to actively change the course of the lives of the women who participate, by revealing aspects of their lives which may be hampering their development and offering skills to help transform themselves and their lives. Each month, women leave different and stronger, better equipped to face the adversities in life with renewed faith and optimism. 28 Jun 2016 Read more >> The May meeting of the Godllywood self-help group highlighted the importance of developing an attitude of appreciation and gratitude, rather than one of dissatisfaction and complaining, as these are essential attributes if women want to achieve excellence. The initiative, organised by the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God's (UCKG), Godllywood group, provides input for personal growth and helps women develop their potential, live more fulfilling lives and influence others positively through their Godly example. 31 May 2016 Read more >> Godllywood, a group of women within the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG), holds monthly self-help meetings to help women learn something personal about themselves and identify attributes which will enable them to develop a spirit of excellence in all they do. Often drawing on Biblical examples of inspirational women, the group explores a different aspect each month and discovers where improvements can be made to enhance their lives and make them better women of God. 10 May 2016 Read more >> Godllywood, a group of women within the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG), has launched a self-help group for people who would like to benefit from the life-enrichment programme without being a member of the church or of the Godllywood group because of time limitations. The women meet to learn about themselves, understand areas which need to be changed or developed, identify things which may be blocking or delaying their progress, and improve through this opportunity for introspection and internal growth. 4 May 2016 Read more >> In one of the largest Good Friday gatherings in South Africa, President Jacob Zuma joined thousands of members of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) for their annual prayer, praise and preaching event held at the Ellis Park precinct. Travelling from all nine provinces, and other African countries, to attend the service, members and guests filled both the Ellis Park and Johannesburg stadiums to capacity with a record number gathering for the Amandla Ngawethu 2.0 event. 7 Apr 2016 Read more >> Preparing for a wedding can be a time of conflict for engaged couples as they learn to compromise and find mutually acceptable solutions to the many details of the wedding day. This can be good preparation for managing their life long relationship successfully if they learn effective problem-solving skills to safeguard their marriage and say no to divorce. 16 Mar 2016 Read more >> Visitors to the Wedding Expo in March 2016 can enter a lucky draw competition to win a wedding dress from Bridal Room valued at R15,000. The dress is sponsored by Bulletproof Marriage: Your shield against divorce, a practical book which prepares singles for the inevitable challenges when two people from different backgrounds join together in marriage. It helps couples practice and share intelligent love rather than relying on volatile emotions and feelings. 8 Mar 2016 Read more >> Bulletproof Marriage: Your shield against divorce is participating for the third consecutive year at the Wedding Expo in Johannesburg with the aim of making couples aware of the importance of investing in a life-long relationship and preparing to live happily ever after. 26 Feb 2016 Read more >> Women in Action's ongoing Save a Tamar campaign which empowers women and helps them face circumstances which are having a negative impact on their lives and begin the journey of overcoming their past and embracing a different future, has changed its name to The Rahab Project. 10 Feb 2016 Read more >> The theme for international World Cancer Day 2016 is "We can, I can". This is the ethos embedded in the Women in Action's ongoing "It's all about you" campaign which educates, empowers and equips cancer patients and their families when a cancer diagnosis is received. 4 Feb 2016 Read more >> The final meeting of Godllywood, a group of women within the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG), looked back on the achievements and accomplishments of the year and looked forward to all that lies ahead. Although the women acknowledged that they had learned valuable life lessons and grown significantly through the group's meetings, personal mentoring and coaching, there is always more that could have been done, and these projects should be priorities for 2016. Meetings were hosted in Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria and the Vaal Triangle and live streamed to groups in other centres. 15 Dec 2015 Read more >> Participating for the fifth year in the annual 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children (25 November - 10 December), Women in Action and Godllywood's Save a Tamar trauma counsellors encourage women to break the silence and begin the journey from victim to victor. 1 Dec 2015 Read more >> Women in Action's (WiA) cancer support team hold regular on-going awareness and support group meetings throughout the year, as well as visiting patients and their families in hospital oncology wards nationally. During October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, they were involved in specific outreach initiatives focusing on the importance of early detection being the key to the treatment of breast cancer. Vital areas include mammography, clinical breast exams and breast self-examinations. 19 Nov 2015 Read more >> Godllywood, a group of women within the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG), held its celebration pledge day where hundreds of women across the country graduated, having completed the series of challenges which guides them to make beneficial changes in their lives. Godllywood helps women of all ages become positive role models and examples for others to emulate. 17 Nov 2015 Read more >> The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) is aware of a book written by Ilana van Wyk ("Van Wyk"), a researcher at the Institute for Humanities in Africa at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, entitled: The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in South Africa and subtitled: A Church of Strangers. The first edition was published by the International African Institute, London and Cambridge University Press in 2014. A second version, entitled A Church of Strangers: The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in South Africa, published by Wits University Press and Cambridge University Press, was launched at the University of Cape Town on 19 August 2015. 22 Oct 2015 Read more >> As part of its ongoing programme to empower women and equip them with life skills, Godllywood hosted the inaugural Mothers and Children Conference in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban recently. The conference's objective was to teach mothers how to establish a better relationship with their children, posing the question: "What kind of mother are you?" 15 Oct 2015 Read more >> Women in Action and Godllywood's eleven-month 12 Parts of Me programme held the final meeting in September with the theme, 'to conclude'. This group of diverse women have met once a month to learn valuable life lessons and taken time to look at themselves honestly and apply new found insights and skills to improve aspects of their lives. Each month women network and share how implementing small changes in themselves has transformed their lives, increased their confidence and equipped them to live a fuller life and embrace more of life's opportunities. 7 Oct 2015 Read more >> Women in Action and Godllywood's 12 Parts of Me programme introduced the tenth secret at the monthly meeting in September, sharing life lessons from Pearl Harbour with guests in a Hawaiian party-themed meeting. This growing group of professional women from different industry sectors, meet to network, share and learn lessons to help empower them to make changes and enable them to broaden their opportunities and make the most of themselves. 17 Sep 2015 Read more >> More than fifty thousand people filled the Cathedral and three adjacent parking areas surrounding the Universal Church in Diepkloof, Soweto, for the much anticipated launch of Nothing to Lose 3, the final book in the trilogy documenting Bishop Edir Macedo, founder of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God's (UCKG) memoirs. Already 377,000 books have been printed in South Africa breaking all previous international records. 15 Sep 2015 Read more >> Continuing the theme of "determination" during women's month, Women in Action, (WiA) bishops' and pastors' wives from the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG), visited inmates at the Kgosi Mampuru II Female Correctional Facility in Pretoria, donating toiletries to the women and encouraging them to be determined and use this time of incarceration to make changes in their lives. 1 Sep 2015 Read more >> Bulletproof Marriage: Your shield against divorce participated for the fifth time at the Wedding Expo, held at the Ticketpro Dome on 22 and 23 August 2015, creating awareness of the international best-seller which helps singles prepare for marriage and guides couples on how to live happily ever after. Written by counsellors Renato and Cristiane Cardoso, the book is a relationship toolkit which helps couples invest in their marriage and safeguard it against threats which may result in divorce. 25 Aug 2015 Read more >> Responding to public demand for information and guidance, and building on the success of previous expos in Johannesburg and Durban, international best-seller Bulletproof Marriage: Your shield against divorce, has doubled the size of its stand at the August Wedding Expo at TicketPro Dome and will offer free relationship counselling. The expo will be held on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 August 2015 where visitors will have the opportunity to chat to married couples who have read the book and use its wisdom and guidance to love intelligently and safeguard their marriages. 13 Aug 2015 Read more >> Walking almost 5km in silence, 20,000 women and children, supported by some men, re-enacted the historic 1956 march to the Union Buildings, honouring those legendary women for taking a stand against the injustices of apartheid and the laws enforcing racial discrimination on the nation, and paying tribute to their important role in changing history and transforming South African society for future generations. 12 Aug 2015 Read more >> The group of professional women who have been attending the monthly Godllywood 12 Parts of Me meetings, continued their journey of self-discovery and awareness in July as hostess Marcia Pires asked them to consider what they regarded as accepted standards for true beauty. Opinions differed but all agreed that while the visible trappings of fashion and makeup could change the external appearance of a person, the internal qualities and attributes which contribute towards true beauty, are timeless and never out of fashion. 30 Jul 2015 Read more >> Each year since Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday in 2008, 18 July has been marked by global volunteerism and a call to action for people to recognise their individual responsibility to change the world. Mandela's living legacy of service is taken up by individuals, communities and corporates on Mandela Day, with people devoting 67 minutes of their time to community service as a display of commitment to fighting poverty and promoting peace and reconciliation. 22 Jul 2015 Read more >> For the engaged couple, their retinues and families, visiting the first Wedding Expo at the Moses Mabhida stadium on 1 and 2 August 2015, offers an opportunity to focus on every aspect of their fairy-tale wedding. While the ceremony and reception are planned down to the finest detail to ensure everything is perfect, how much attention do the bride and groom give to the rest of their lives together? How many newly married couples will live happily ever after? 21 Jul 2015 Read more >> The most recent meeting of Godllywood's 12 Parts of Me programme was themed: "I have it" and the evening's message was reflected through an Italian flavour. Dressed in green, red and white, to represent the colours of the Italian flag, guests were given a piece of pizza dough at the beginning of the meeting. 30 Jun 2015 Read more >> The sixth meeting of Godllywood's 12 Parts of Me programme began with different optical illusions projected onto a screen while a judge sat solemnly at a podium with a wooden gavel, ready to pass judgement on the person in front of her. Themed 'what if..?' the group of professional women were asked to describe what they saw in the different images. Predictably some saw flowers, birds flying, a farm, a Mexican scene or two rampant horses, while others saw images of faces. 30 Apr 2015 Read more >> The second Love Walk, held in Johannesburg and Cape Town, offered thousands of married, engaged and dating couples an opportunity to spend quality time together and learn to communicate effectively without fear of fighting. Marriage, which should be a life-long journey, cannot be successful unless both husband and wife communicate clearly. Relationships often become distant because of misunderstandings and a lack of meaningful dialogue. With daily pressures demanding time and attention, many couples talk about superficial things: 'how was your day?', 'fine thank you', but do not dialogue at deeper levels, so fail to agree on important issues and drift apart. This is one cause of the high divorce rate in South Africa which has devastating consequences for families and society. 29 Apr 2015 Read more >> Themed Amandla Ngawethu (power to the people), the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God's annual Good Friday service was attended by a record number of members who gathered together at the Ellis Park precinct for an uplifting service of prayer and preaching. Marking the solemn and holy religious day, people travelled from regions throughout Gauteng, and from as far as Cape Town, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga, filling the Ellis Park Stadium and the Johannesburg Stadium to capacity. Overflow crowds sat on the adjacent cricket fields where they watched the event on large screens. The event was attended by Gauteng Social Development MEC Faith Mazibuko, prominent members of the ANC Women's League and 127 500 people including church members and members of the public. 20 Apr 2015 Read more >> Recognising that as well as physical healing from diseases, illnesses, broken bones and other medical conditions, many people need inner healing, Godllywood is hosting a series of seminars to help people who are struggling with hurts from the past to make a fresh start. 17 Apr 2015 Read more >> One evening a month, professional women from diverse industry sectors gather to explore different aspect of themselves and learn how they can implement beneficial changes to improve the quality of their lives. The fifth meeting of Godllywood's 12 Parts of Me programme, focused on the attitude of 'poor me' which women adopt and then give up on their dreams, believing there is nothing they can do to change the situation. 30 Mar 2015 Read more >> Women in Action (WiA) was honoured to be invited to share their work in the fields of cancer awareness, education and support, as well as provide information on their "Save a Tamar" campaign, which journeys alongside victims of abuse, at an event hosted by Woman of Substance at Johannesburg's Constitution Hill's historical museum on Human Rights Day. Woman of Substance's purpose is to inspire and empower women through sharing success stories of businesswomen from various industry sectors, encouraging others to pursue their goals and achieve success. 27 Mar 2015 Read more >> With more than 14,000 visitors to the Wedding Expo at the Coca Cola Dome in Northgate on Saturday, 14 and Sunday, 15 March 2015, it was an ideal opportunity for the Bulletproof Marriage team to help couples invest in their relationship and ensure their fairy tale wedding is the start of a mutually beneficial and happy partnership where divorce is not an option. 19 Mar 2015 Read more >> Continuing the theme of encouraging women to review their lives and empowering them to make changes where necessary to improve their situations, the fourth meeting of Godllywood's 12 Parts of Me programme, unveiled the secret of creating a safe place of refuge where people can be restored and rebuilt in preparation for life's challenges. 2 Mar 2015 Read more >> Bulletproof Marriage: Your shield against divorce is about intelligent people practising and sharing intelligent love. 25 Feb 2015 Read more >> The theme of the third meeting of Godllywood's 12 Parts of Me programme, designed to empower women to live fulfilling and joyful lives, was taken from Shakespeare's famous line "to be or not to be". Exploring the identity crisis embodied in this phrase, women were encouraged to think about how much they consider the opinions and expectations of others when making decisions about themselves and their lives, and to what extent they have been influenced negatively by others. 27 Jan 2015 Read more >> Professional women from a wide range of industry sectors attended the first two meetings of a new initiative to share important information with women called the 12 Parts of Me programme. The purpose of the meetings is to help women begin to think about their role in society, help them address prevalent problems and start working through possible solutions. Each one of the 12 monthly meetings explores a relevant subject and encourages women to change important aspects of themselves. As women develop insights and learn new strategies, their relationships are adjusted which benefits everyone and helps rebuild a functional society. 9 Dec 2014 Read more >> A programme to help women work through the pain of their past which has enslaved their minds and keeps them thinking in "victim mentality" has been launched by Women in Action (WiA), a group of pastors' wives who are committed to helping people transform their lives through information and practical support and guidance. 3 Dec 2014 Read more >> Women in Action's Save a Tamar counsellors marked the start of the annual 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children (25 November - 10 December), by offering counselling to members of the public passing through the Beyers Naude Square in the Johannesburg CBD on Tuesday 25 November 2014. Women, young people and even some men, took advantage of this opportunity to Break the Silence and speak to volunteer counsellors about the emotional, physical, verbal, sexual or psychological abuse they have suffered. The event was a joint venture of Women in Action and Godllywood, two groups of women within the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG). 1 Dec 2014 Read more >> In an effort to address the rising incidence of substance abuse and addiction and the resulting devastation caused to young people's lives, the leadership of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God's Youth Power Group held a series of events during October to highlight the dangers of addiction and offer practical advice and guidance. 29 Oct 2014 Read more >> Two valuable relationship tool kits, international best-seller Bulletproof Marriage: Your shield against divorce, and the Love School event DVD were available at the Wedding Expo, held at the Coca Cola Dome, Northgate on 6 and 7 September 2014. 12 Sep 2014 Read more >> For the fourth consecutive year, Women in Action visited the Pretoria Female Correctional Centre during women's month, offering encouragement and guidance to those serving their sentences. The purpose of this outreach initiative is to affirm women and remind them that they have not been forgotten by society. 2 Sep 2014 Read more >> On a cold, overcast and windy National Women's Day, around 14,000 women and children, supported by some men, marched in absolute silence for two hours, re-enacting the historical march 58 years ago when 20,000 women protested against the injustices of apartheid and helped transform society for future generations. Walking the 4.5km from Maponya Mall to the Cenacle of the Holy Spirit in Soweto, the group reflected on how the vision, courage and bravery of the women who risked their lives in 1956 had helped change society and resulted in personal and political freedom. 12 Aug 2014 Read more >> At midday on Saturday 9 August 2014, thousands of women will march in absolute silence from Maponya Mall to the Cenacle of the Holy Spirit in Soweto, re-enacting the historical march 58 years ago when 20,000 women protested against the injustices of apartheid and the laws enforcing racial discrimination on the nation. 4 Aug 2014 Read more >> Continuing to fulfil their mission of making a difference wherever they go and helping to uplift and transform people and communities through their daily work, teams of Women in Action (WiA), devoted more than 67 minutes to Madiba's memory on Mandela Day 2014. These women, whose husbands are pastors with the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG), are involved in numerous ongoing initiatives countrywide to educate, support and empower people about cancer, human trafficking, and abuse, amongst many other projects. 25 Jul 2014 Read more >> Youth Day on 16 June commemorates the Soweto uprising in 1976 when high school students protested against the use of Afrikaans as the medium for instruction in their schools. Marking the day 38 years later, 15,000 young people, dressed in their school uniforms, attended an event organised by the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) in all nine provinces. In Gauteng, the event was held in Alexandra and Sebokeng. Nationally it was held in Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, East London, George, Kimberley, Mafikeng, Nelspruit, Pietermaritzburg, Pietersburg, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, Rustenburg, Upington, Umtata, Welkom and Witbank. 19 Jun 2014 Read more >> The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God's annual Good Friday service was attended by thousands of members who travelled from regions throughout Gauteng and from other provinces to join one another at the Ellis Park precinct for an uplifting service of prayer and preaching. When the Ellis Park Stadium was full, members filled the adjacent Johannesburg Stadium with overflow crowds sitting on the cricket fields where they watched the proceedings on large screens. The event was attended by 165,000 people. 23 Apr 2014 Read more >> Have you prepared to live happily ever after? 9 Apr 2014 Read more >> In order to reach as wide an audience as possible with information on intelligent love and how to manage marriage successfully, Bulletproof Marriage: Your shield against divorce, has booked a large stand at The Wedding Expo which will be held at the Coca-Cola Dome, Northgate on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 April 2014. Visitors will learn why relationships fail, be offered valuable insights on intelligent love and discover how to safeguard their relationships and protect their marriage. 1 Apr 2014 Read more >> The Love School's first class of 2014 started with an extended play-time during which the 12,000 guests who filled the Coca-Cola Dome at Northgate on Saturday, 15 March 2014, enjoyed a variety of entertainment before Renato and Cristiane Cardoso, co-authors of the best-seller, Bulletproof Marriage: Your shield against divorce, shared insights and wisdom on how to love intelligently and manage relationships successfully. 19 Mar 2014 Read more >> Marking International Women's Day, a multitude of women from the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG), supported by many men, expressed great joy as they celebrated the Biblical Feast of Purim at the Cenacle of the Holy Spirit in Soweto on Sunday, 9 March 2014. This feast is kept by Jewish people annually and commemorates their deliverance in the ancient Persian Empire where a plan had been agreed to destroy the Jewish nation. The courage of one woman, Esther who had become the Queen of Persia, changed the course of history at a time when racial discrimination and intolerance were commonplace. 12 Mar 2014 Read more >> Globally marriage is under attack. Trends indicate fewer couples committing to marriage and an increasing number of divorces, with many countries reporting that half of all marriages end in divorce. The negative impact and short and long term consequences of divorce on families and society is devastating. Relationship breakdown takes its toll on all concerned. Adults may suffer rejection and damaged self- esteem while children are denied stable homes and functional families often leading to emotional, behavioural, health and learning difficulties. Society suffers. 6 Feb 2014 Read more >> With cancer being the biggest cause of mortality worldwide, World Cancer Day, a Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) initiative, on 4 February 2014, is an opportunity for organisations globally to unite against the cancer epidemic by raising awareness of the disease. The day's objective is to save millions of preventable deaths by educating communities and encouraging people to take responsibility for their health. 4 Feb 2014 Read more >> The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) pays tribute to Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela at a memorial service 11 Dec 2013 Read more >> On Saturday 7 December 2013, the leadership and members of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG)'s men's group, IntelliMen Project and the Youth Power Group, marched from the Cenacle of the Holy Spirit in Plein Street, through the streets of Johannesburg honouring Nelson Mandela's life. 10 Dec 2013 Read more >> Participating for the fourth consecutive year in the annual international 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children (25 November - 10 December), the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God's Women in Action (WiA) supported by Godllywood and the Youth Power Group (YPG), marched through the streets of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Rustenburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth on Saturday, 23 November, as part of its campaign to increase awareness of abuse. 5 Dec 2013 Read more >> The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God's Prison Ministry Group is donating more than a thousand copies of spiritual books to various correctional centre libraries throughout the country. This week the Rooigrond Correctional Centre library in North West received almost 200 spiritual books including the international best seller by Bishop Macedo "Nothing to Lose", "V-Woman" by Cristiane Cardoso, "Forgiveness" by Bishop Macedo as well as other uplifting and inspirational titles. 19 Nov 2013 Read more >> The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God's Prison Ministry Group is donating more than a thousand copies of spiritual books to various correctional centre libraries throughout the country. Titles already donated include the international best seller by Bishop Macedo "Nothing to Lose", "V-Woman" by Cristiane Cardoso, "Forgiveness" by Bishop Macedo and many more. Prisons which have benefited include Grootvlei and Nigel Correctional Centres. Donations are still to be made to other prisons throughout the country, which will include Kutama Sinthumile , Mdantsane, Rooigrond and the Khosi Mampuru Female Centre. 5 Nov 2013 Read more >> The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God's Prison Ministry Group has created a life-changing course to give inmates guidance and help them to learn valuable life lessons while they are serving their sentences. The first course was launched at Leeuwkop Maximum Prison and was attended by 25 male inmates who committed themselves to doing this restorative and self-improvement work and to learning from their previous mistakes and poor decision making which resulted in their incarceration. 21 Oct 2013 Read more >> Leading by example, and in order to highlight the importance of living morally upright lives of leadership, thousands of men of God from the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) marched through the streets of the Johannesburg CBD in the first public event in the IntelliMen's "Because we are different" campaign. 200 members of the church marched with the church leadership through Durban as part of the project. This initiative is intended to encourage men to be proud of being different and to motivate others to become role models for society. By modeling good values and conduct, and by being proud of being different, the men are confident they can make a difference in the lives of others by motivating them to change their choices and behaviour. 8 Oct 2013 Read more >> The Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) has found SABC3 Special Assignment guilty of defamation and directed the programme to broadcast a correcting statement and a summary of the findings of the BCCSA Tribunal before the end of October 2013. Case No: 31/2013 (BCCSA). 25 Sep 2013 Read more >> Recognising the need to redress the flaws in the fabric of society and with a heart to uplift men's morale and reinstate them as role models for others to emulate, visiting Bishop Renato Cardoso encouraged thousands of young and mature men to reclaim their rightful role and stand out above others through their life choices. Men have a special role of being strong heroes who protect their families. Their role is to offer security and leadership. By aspiring to live "as princes among men" they can help shape a more functional society. 15 Aug 2013 Read more >> Marking National Women's Day and celebrating five years since Women in Action (WiA) was founded, guest speakers motivated and encouraged the 7,000 people who filled the Cenacle of the Holy Spirit in Soweto to empower themselves through knowledge, take a stand against abuse, and accept their responsibility to make a difference, both in their own lives and in the lives of others. The event was broadcast live to thousands of members in Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth and Rustenburg. 13 Aug 2013 Read more >> It was business as usual on International Mandela Day 2013 as teams from the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God's (UCKG) Stop Suffering Help Centre (SSHC) and groups of Women in Action (WiA) nationally, spent time serving others because as every day is devoted to helping people, Mandela Day is no different from any other day. Through their ongoing projects to uplift communities, inspire others through motivational and encouraging events, and awareness campaigns highlighting abuse, bullying and cancer, UCKG groups embrace and live out the theme of Tata Madiba's 95th birthday: take action, inspire change; make every day a Mandela Day. 24 Jul 2013 Read more >> Following the success of the first symposium for women and responding to requests for guidance from women throughout South Africa, the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God's Women in Action and Godllywood hosted a second symposium to motivate and encourage women to embrace their self-worth and be positive role models. Held in Johannesburg on Sunday 9 June 2013, the Cenacle of the Holy Spirit's main hall was filled with 5000 women of all ages and from all walks of life eager to learn how to overcome the challenges, inequalities and pressures of daily life in modern society. The event was broadcast live to centres in all nine provinces as well as to Zambia and Namibia, reaching an audience of close to 14,500 women. 13 Jun 2013 Read more >> The first Love Walk held in Johannesburg encouraged 520 married, engaged and dating couples to spend quality time together and learn more about each other through honest communication. 6 Jun 2013 Read more >> Hundreds of young people from the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God's Youth Power Groups (YPG) across Gauteng joined Women in Action (WiA) cancer supporters on a march through the Johannesburg city centre and Hillbrow on Saturday 1 June. The event: "Cancer: What's all the noise about?" was organised to mark the 26th annual International Cancer Survivor's Day which is celebrated on the first Sunday in June. 4 Jun 2013 Read more >> Active blood donors, all of whom are members of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG), increased by 28.9% at the second mobile clinic held in Pretoria this year. This is particularly important as blood from a regular safe donor who maintains their infection-free status can be used as the safest priority blood and can be transfused to paediatric patients. In total, 168 units of blood were collected and as each unit can save three lives, this blood could save more than 500 lives. 30 May 2013 Read more >> The Board of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) and thousands of members were astonished to see visuals of two UCKG churches in a Special Assignment programme which was broadcast on Thursday, 23 May 2013. The programme looked at the connection between churches and various illegal activities. By association viewers would assume that as images of UCKG were included in the content, it was involved in the activities mentioned. This is completely false and wrongful! The leadership of the church objects in the strongest terms to this inaccurate and irresponsible coverage which has damaged the reputation of the organisation and created untrue and incorrect impressions in the minds of millions of viewers. 28 May 2013 Read more >> Freedom Day in South Africa is celebrated as the death of the old apartheid regime and the birth of a new democratic nation. April 27, 1994 was a day when many South Africans shed their guilt resulting from our oppressive history while thousands of others embraced their civil rights and voted for the first time. Death and rebirth. An important facet of our rainbow nation's history. 25 Apr 2013 Read more >> The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God's prison ministry group participated in the Department of Correctional Services' Johannesburg management area's second annual expo and conference that was held at the Johannesburg Prison this week. 19 Apr 2013 Read more >> For people of faith, Good Friday and Easter Sunday are celebrations of new life, renewed hope and freedom from bondage. Throughout the world Christian communities hold prayer and worship meetings where leaders offer spiritual insights and inspirational messages to help heal and transform people's lives. 27 Mar 2013 Read more >> The purpose of the first Symposium for Women, held simultaneously in South Africa and Brazil on Sunday 24 March 2013, was to inspire women to see themselves as precious, beautiful, important and valuable, and to encourage them to leave their destructive and damaging history in the past and change their present and future through a new mindset which believes in, appreciates and loves themselves. 26 Mar 2013 Read more >> More than 200 members of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) in the Pretoria and Rustenburg areas gave the gift of life-saving blood to help ensure there is sufficient safe blood during the Easter holiday period. 20 Mar 2013 Read more >> Women in Action, pastors' wives from the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG), and more than 6000 women from across Gauteng, celebrated International Women's Day on Friday 8 March 2013 by creating awareness of abuse and highlighting the value of women at the re-launch of "The V-Woman", a powerful book written by Cristiane Cardoso. 13 Mar 2013 Read more >> During February, the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God's Youth Power Group took a strong stand against bullying, launching a national "Say NO to Bullying" campaign which highlighted the dangerous consequences of bullying and gave young people knowledge, insights and skills empowering them to stand up against this prevalent form of abuse. 28 Feb 2013 Read more >> Women in Action (WiA), a group of pastors' wives from the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG), participated in international World Cancer Day by hosting a fun family day expo at the Cenacle of the Holy Spirit in Soweto on 4 February 2013. This event, attended by medical professionals, guest speakers and thousands of community members, was one of 415 global events registered on the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) website. This is the third year that WiA, a member of the UICC, has spearheaded a health awareness campaign on World Cancer Day as part of their on-going campaign to empower communities through education and knowledge. 7 Feb 2013 Read more >> A world record-breaking number of 101,235 copies of "Nothing to Lose", the first in a trilogy of memoirs of Bishop Edir Macedo, founder of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) and owner of Record TV, the second largest TV station in Brazil, were sold at the launch of the English edition in South Africa this weekend (26 January 2013). 29 Jan 2013 Read more >> "Nothing to Lose", the eagerly anticipated English version of the 2012 number one non-fiction best-seller in Brazil, will be launched at a gala function, hosted by the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God and Brazilian publisher Planeta, in January 2013. 15 Jan 2013 Read more >> A life-long investment in the health of both HIV positive and negative patients is the key to managing the disease and living a full life irrespective of one's status. This is the message confirmed by doctors and health caregivers who met with international hematology and hemotherapy specialist, Dr Albertina Vieira, who was in South Africa for World Aids Day 2012. 12 Dec 2012 Read more >> Women in Action (WiA), a group of pastors' and bishops' wives from the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG), were invited to participate in the Gauteng Legislature's awareness expo held at the launch of the Citizen's Annual Report 2011/2012 and the commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism and World Aids Day at the City Hall in Johannesburg on 28 November 2012. 5 Dec 2012 Read more >> On Saturday, 24 November, to mark the start of the annual international 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children (25 November - 10 December), 4 000 people marched peacefully through the streets of Johannesburg as part of the "Break the Silence. End the Violence" campaign. This is the fourth consecutive year that Women in Action (WiA), the Youth Power Group and members of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) have marched through major centres, including Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth creating awareness of abuse. 4 Dec 2012 Read more >> The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God's "Where U going?" event, held at Cenacles of the Holy Spirit in Durban, Cape Town and Soweto, posed the question: "Are you sure where you are going is where you belong?" 13 Nov 2012 Read more >> Women in Action (WiA), a group of bishops and pastors' wives from the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG), is proud to announce two new partnerships which were finalised during September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and the availability of a leaflet highlighting the importance of early detection, diagnosis and treatment of childhood cancer. 27 Sep 2012 Read more >> The number of active blood donors, people who have committed to living a healthy lifestyle and donating blood regularly, has increased by 28% since the first blood drive held at the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) in the Pretoria region. This year the churches in Pretoria, Mamelodi and Soshanguve invited members to donate life-saving blood and more than six hundred people attended the three blood drives. 30 Aug 2012 Read more >> Women in Action present "Choices" on National Women's Day 2012. 14 Aug 2012 Read more >> International Mandela Day is a day that is celebrated internationally with people giving of their time in service to honour our revered statesman and icon, but for UCKG's Stop Suffering Help Centre and Women in Action, a group of pastor's wives, every day is a day devoted to community projects and helping to make a positive difference in the lives of others. 2 Aug 2012 Read more >> The importance of education, awareness and early detection in diagnosing and treating cancer and HIV/Aids successfully, was highlighted by haematology and haemotherapy specialist Dr Albertina Vieira who visited South Africa in July 2012. Dr Albertina, who works at the St Francisco Xavier Hospital and is the Professor of Hematology at the Egas Moniz University in Lisbon, Portugal, paid tribute to the dedicated medical teams and volunteer organisations for the results they achieve both in treating patients and in offering educational awareness campaigns and emotional support on the treatment journey. 18 Jul 2012 Read more >> As part of its ongoing commitment to uplifting the quality of life for young people in South Africa, the UCKG Athletic Club is hosting a fitness challenge on 23 June 2012 at the Wembley Stadium in Johannesburg. 20 Jun 2012 Read more >> More than 200 members of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) in the Pretoria region supported the second blood drive, again exceeding the donation target set by the South African National Blood Services (SANBS). As each unit of safe blood can save three lives, blood collected at the two mobile clinics could save almost 1 000 lives. 14 Jun 2012 Read more >> Women in Action (WiA), a group of pastors' wives from the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG), is proud and honoured to announce its membership of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). 15 May 2012 Read more >> Freedom comes at a price, both for offenders who have served time in a correctional facility and for their families and communities who are expected to welcome them back when they are released. Without adequate preparation and support, this transition can be a very difficult time for everyone and often results in a negative outcome. 25 Apr 2012 Read more >> For the second consecutive year, members of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) gave the gift of life-saving blood to help ensure there is sufficient safe blood during the Easter period. More than 100 units of blood were donated and as each unit can save the life of three people, the mobile clinic held by the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) at the UCKG Cenacle of Faith in Soweto, means that almost 350 people will benefit from available blood to save their lives. 4 Apr 2012 Read more >> Warning: If you are approached by an organisation offering membership of a business club, using the name Universal Church Business Club, be advised that it has nothing to do with the legitimate and registered operations of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG). The business club has misused the church's name and misrepresented its activities. 20 Mar 2012 Read more >> During a process of upgrading its operational procedures and internal policies to ensure complete transparency and accountability both by the church and its pastors who render voluntary services to the church members, the leadership of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) uncovered some irregularities which required further clarification. 9 Mar 2012 Read more >> Members of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) in the Pretoria region donated 160 units of blood at the first blood drive organised by the church in partnership with the South African National Blood Services (SANBS) this year. As each unit of safe blood can save three lives, blood collected at this mobile clinic could save 480 lives. 7 Mar 2012 Read more >> A diagnosis of cancer is an overwhelming situation for anyone receiving this information, but with early detection, treatment and holistic support through the journey, the outcome can be positive. Unfortunately, with the incidence of cancer on the increase and oncology units treating hundreds of patients a day, doctors and nurses do not have sufficient time to answer patients' questions. A forum for discussion, information sharing and emotional support plays an important role in the family's ability to cope with the disease and the journey through treatment. 29 Feb 2012 Read more >> One of the government's strategic objectives in the health sector is to improve the well-being of the entire population and deliver on its Negotiated Service Delivery Agreement vision of: "A long and healthy life for all South Africans". Many commentators have indicated that achieving this will only be possible through community initiatives and social mobilisation. 20 Feb 2012 Read more >> Trained trauma counsellors, some of whom are survivors of abuse themselves, welcomed visitors warmly to the first support group meeting organised by Women in Action (WiA) at the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) in Johannesburg last week. 8 Feb 2012 Read more >> More than twenty-five thousand newly converted UCKG members commit to living a new life spiritually and being good examples of responsible and law-abiding South African citizens. 6 Feb 2012 Read more >> World Cancer Day - 4 February 2012: Women in Action (WiA), a group of pastors' wives from the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG), have embraced the 2012 theme of World Cancer Day, affirming the slogan: "Together it is possible". 2 Feb 2012 Read more >> Women face particularly demanding challenges and pressures on a daily basis and can often lose direction and become overwhelmed by the choices and demands made on them. A new book, launched in August 2011 and written by best-selling author, Cristiane Cardoso, offers practical advice for modern women on how to embrace their multiple roles in the family and workplace. Entitled the "V-woman", the book draws on the Biblical wisdom in Proverbs 31: 10-31, and explores an eye-opening journey of a Christian woman in the 21st century. 12 Dec 2011 Read more >> In partnership with the Department of Health, the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God's Stop Suffering Help Centre (SSHC), has distributed 16 812 000 condoms in the period January - October 2011, as part of its ongoing commitment to provide education and practical intervention to help prevent the spread of the HIV/Aids pandemic. 1 Dec 2011 Read more >> Human trafficking in South Africa is a significant social problem. This form of modern day slavery, which trades in the lives of children and vulnerable people, is often carried out by trusted community members who are linked to organised crime. 10 Nov 2011 Read more >> On 9 April 2011 the Saturday Dispatch printed a sensational banner headline on the front page under the headline: "How Church Lied" and a photograph captioned: "Alive: Mthuthuzeli Dukashe was declared dead in an attempted land grab". On page 3, the newspaper printed an article under the headline "Universal Church leaders 'lied' in court". The article stated that the leaders of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God lied about the death of their East London landlord in order to secure the building that housed the congregation. 7 Sep 2011 Read more >> Responding to a critical stock shortage, and to mark Madiba's 93rd birthday and Nelson Mandela International Day 2011, 125 units of blood were donated by members of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) on 18 July 2011. This blood could save the lives of 375 people. 22 Jul 2011 Read more >> To mark World Blood Donor Day on 14 June and Youth Day on 16 June, nearly 200 young people from the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) youth group turned out to donate blood to help save the lives of others. 14 Jun 2011 Read more >> More than 300 units of blood were donated by members of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) at one of the largest and most successful blood drives organised by the South African National Blood Services (SANBS) in Soweto on Sunday 17 April. The blood drive was one of the first to be held during national blood donor awareness week. 19 Apr 2011 Read more >> In a bid to help save lives over the Easter long weekend, the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) will host a large blood collection drive at its cathedral in Soweto on Sunday 17 April 2011. Working with the South African National Blood Services (SANBS), the church is encouraging as many members as possible to donate blood before the holiday period to help SANBS ensure there is sufficient safe blood to assist in any emergencies. 12 Apr 2011 Read more >> The FNB Stadium rocked with joyous dancing and celebration as some of South Africa's top artists from African Musicians Against HIV/Aids (AMAHA) entertained members of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God who had travelled from all nine provinces to welcome the New Year together. 14 Jan 2011 Read more >>