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City of Tswane view from the Union Buildings
Everyone counted, counts! The first homeless count in the City of Tshwane, October 2022 Research report

Every person counts. And everyone counted during the City of Tshwane’s first official homeless count, counts! This is a critical moral, political and theological assertion,...

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Mary Help of Christians Theology Seminary, MHCTS Driveway, San Fabian, Pangasinan, Philippines
Mending the broken city of Pietermaritzburg through a transformative urban theological programme: A challenge to Union Bible Institute

Rapid urbanisation, globalisation, and the advancement of information and technology come as a challenge for theological education in South Africa, generally, and, specifically, in an...

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Mwanza, Tanzania by Raissa Lara Lütolf (-Fasel)
Equipping Lay Leaders for Christian Ministry in the Anglican Church of Kenya through Theological Education by Extension

The mission of ecclesia is to empower and equip its leaders for Christian ministry. This has been possible through theological education, particularly for the ordained...

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Abantu Book Festival in Soweto.
Decolonising theological education in urban spaces A reflection on the “Abantu Book Festival”

The article argues that “Abantu Book Festival” (Abantu) held in Soweto annually signifies a decolonising space for theological education in the urban areas surrounding Soweto....

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Bo-Kaap, Schotsche Kloof, Cape Town, South Africa
“Just City-making” in Cape Town Liberating Theological Education

Aspirational terms such as world-class, resilient, climate-friendly and just City stand in contrast to adverse terms such as unequal, divided, colonial, violent, and segregated to...

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Ribbens, M. (2014) Through their eyes
Cultivating the “good city” The theological engagement of the Institute for Urban Ministry within the City of Tshwane

The vision of the “good city” is worth striving for. Enacting the pastoral circle can be theologically generative towards cultivating the “good city.” The urban...

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Where Two or Three Are Gathered in Virtual Reality, by Galen Cortes, Renewal Program, SP ’20
Imagining Enugu as classroom for theological education in SIST: A trans-disciplinary approach.

Enugu, the coal city, offers hermeneutical and pedagogical resources for re-imagining the theological curriculum of Spiritan International School of Theology (SIST) in Enugu. Enugu is...

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The ‘good city’ or ‘post-colonial catch-basins of violent empire’? A contextual theological appraisal of South Africa’s Integrated Urban Development Framework
The ‘good city’ or ‘post-colonial catch-basins of violent empire’? A contextual theological appraisal of South Africa’s Integrated Urban Development Framework

The Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF) was constructed as a ‘new deal’ for South African cities and towns. It outlines a vision with four overarching...

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‘Between life and death’: On land, silence and liberation in the capital city
‘Between life and death’: On land, silence and Liberation in the captal city

This article reflects on the unfinished task of liberation – as expressed in issues of land – and drawing from the work of Franz Fanon...

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