Inside a Pandemic: Vulnerability, Imagination, Innovation in the city of Tshwane – Report 2020
March 18, 2021

At the end of 2020, the Centre for Faith and Community also published its annual report calledHealing urban Fractures: this year’s subtitle is: Inside a…

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Urban Festival 2020 – Film: Facing Homelessness
October 12, 2020

On Friday 09 October 2020, The Unit for Street Homelessness in Centre for Faith and Community, UP and the Community Orientated Substance Use Programme, UP…

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City-making from below: A call for communities of resistance and reconstruction
September 21, 2020

This article laments the exclusion of small, local communities, voices and visions, from participating in making the city. It makes a case for ‘small communities’…

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2019 Report – Urban Studio: Healing Urban Fractures
August 13, 2020

This report describes the work of the Urban Studio, a collaborative project initiated between the Centre for Faith and Community at the University of Pretoria,…

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[VIRTUAL COLLOQUIUM] “BREATHE! DOING THEOLOGY AMIDST AND BEYOND COVID-19: FAULT LINES, INTERSECTIONS, OPPORTUNITIES” CONVERSATION 3: Doing Theology, Now! How? What? With Whom?
August 7, 2020

CONVERSATION 3: Doing Theology, Now! How? What? With Whom? In a 3-part Webinar Series, hosted by the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University…

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Multidisciplinary meetings: Listening to the experiences of children in a child and youth care centre

Adults for good reason agree that children should be protected at all times. However, in their attempts to help children who are vulnerable, adults should…

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Adolescent girls’ voices on their need for sexuality education: A cry for mutual sexual emancipation

‘Teachers expect parents to teach you. Parents expect teachers to teach you. So actually you learn nothing and nobody wants to talk about it’. This…

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An integrated African pastoral care approach to unaccompanied refugee minors based on Verryn’s Child interventions
July 31, 2020

The African proverb ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ has been compromised and exposed by the migration of Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URMs) from…

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Engaging children as ‘agents of change’: The Grahamstown Scout Group

This article, as a narrative, offers a ‘learning journey’ of the Grahamstown Scout Group, and reveals how ‘the child’s right to participation’ (United Nations Convention…

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Doing theology with children through multimodal narrativity
July 31, 2020

Doing theology with children, in a systematic and focused way, is a new practice. This article contributes to this theological practice by examining its emergence,…

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Doing theology with children: Some challenges for adult theologians
July 31, 2020

Doing theology with children, which includes children as equal participants in the process, is no easy task. Adult theologians face many challenges in becoming involved…

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Research with children as theologians: Ethical and methodological issues
July 31, 2020

In this article, I explain why it is important for theologians to involve children in empirical research, and why children themselves can and should be…

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Towards emancipatory research methodologies with children in the African context: Practical possibilities and overcoming challenges

Despite having international and national legislative frameworks and policies that guarantee children’s rights and encourage their participation in matters affecting them, consulting children has received…

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Doing theology with children: Exploring emancipatory methodologies

This article serves as an introduction to a collection of articles that explores emancipatory methodologies for doing theology and research with children. We focus on…

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[Virtual Colloquium] “Breathe! Doing theology amidst and beyond Covid-19: fault lines, intersections, opportunities” CONVERSATION 2: Covid-19, Economy and Environment
July 31, 2020

CONVERSATION 2: Covid-19, Economy and Environment hosted on 24 July 2020 In a 3-part Webinar Series, hosted by the Faculty of Theology and Religion at…

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[Virtual Colloquium] “Breathe! Doing theology amidst and beyond Covid-19: fault lines, intersections, opportunities” CONVERSATION 1: Covid-19, Race and Gender
July 31, 2020

Conversation I: Covid-19, race and gender hosted on 10 July 2020 In a 3-part Webinar Series, hosted by the Faculty of Theology and Religion at…

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Housing challenge and urban regeneration: A contribution of faith-based action with special reference to a case study from the City of Tshwane
July 30, 2020

The main objective of this article is to describe a problem portrayed into critical human conditions in urban margins characterised by the deprivation of most…

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A praxis-based approach to theological training in Cape Town
July 30, 2020

A training programme that employs the use of the pastoral cycle, leading practitioners into a praxis-based approach towards urban transformation, may be shifting the focus…

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Faith-based action and urban regeneration
July 30, 2020

After describing the challenges, myths, exclusions and opportunities of urban regeneration, this article explores the potential interface between faith-based action and different forms of urban…

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Born from below: Urban regeneration through incarnational theological formation in Guatemala City and beyond

This article sets out to describe the development of and engagement with a global training collaborative around the formation of urban ministry leadership committed to…

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Urban social movements in South Africa today: Its meaning for theological education and the church
July 30, 2020

In the past decade, significant social movements emerged in South Africa, in response to specific urban challenges of injustice or exclusion. This article will interrogate…

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Un-thinking the West: The spirit of doing Black Theology of Liberation in decolonial times
July 30, 2020

It is indisputable that Black Theology of Liberation (BTL) intentionally un-thinks the West. BTL has its own independent conceptual and theoretical foundations and can hold…

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Back from the Crocodile’s Belly: Christian formation meets indigenous resurrection
July 30, 2020

Undoing all forms of domination – including, in particular, religious domination – remains a crucial imperative of our time, given that domination constitutes a spirit-killing…

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Deep solidarity: Broadening the basis of transformation

Across the globe, conditions of labour are worsening, providing both challenges and opportunities. As labour is one of the places where the intersectionality of race,…

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Jesters, tricksters, taggers and haints: Hipping the church to the Afro-hop, pop-‘n-lock mock-up currently rocking apocalyptic Detroit
July 30, 2020

The following essay investigates the animating force of jester-humour and trickster-critique as necessary components of prophetic consciousness and social movement. Climate change devastation coupled with…

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#FeesMustFall as social movement and emancipatory politics? Moving towards an apocalyptic theological praxis outside the limits of party politics

This article proposes three reflexive movements. The first one offers an introduction to Fees Must Fall, pointing to some aspects that allow us to understand…

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Responses to migration: Tensions and ambiguities of churches in Pretoria Central and Mamelodi East
July 30, 2020

This article is a result of research being conducted to explore how churches in two regions of the City of Tshwane – Pretoria Central and Mamelodi…

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Precarious housing in the Salvokop neighbourhood: A challenge to churches in the inner City of Tshwane
July 30, 2020

This article describes the daunting challenge of precarious housing in Salvokop located in the southern part of inner City of Tshwane, Gauteng Province. Insecure tenure,…

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Churches claiming a right to the city? Lived urbanisms in the City of Tshwane

This article sets out to describe how churches have responded and continue to respond to fast-changing urban environments in Pretoria Central and Mamelodi East, animating…

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Trans-disciplinary research on religious formations in urban Africa: Towards liberative methodological approaches

In this article, we are exploring a methodological approach to research on faith and religious expressions in urban Africa. We are committed to trans-disciplinary work…

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Conceptual considerations for studying churches’ engagement with urban fractures and vulnerabilities
July 30, 2020

This article provides an overview of conceptual considerations underpinning the design of a research project on religious innovation and competition amidst urban social change. The…

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Exploring possibilities of social entrepreneurial activities as a tool to reduce unemployment amongst churches in Tshwane central and Mamelodi East: Pretoria case study

Unemployment is one of the major problems in South Africa. It is the concern of the government and the people at large to engage in…

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Diversity: Negotiating difference in Christian communities

This article seeks to present challenges of negotiating difference and diversity in Christian communities in South Africa today. It reflects the intersectional nature of racial,…

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Politics of faith: Transforming religious communities and spiritual subjectivities in post-apartheid South Africa

The enforcement of racial segregation during apartheid was aimed not only at regulating public spaces, residential areas and the workforce, but also at shaping the…

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An ethnographic study on managing diversity in two Protestant theological colleges
July 28, 2020

For many reasons Christian higher education institutions struggle to embrace diversity. Diversity is a relationship of mutuality, where differences are engaged and respected. This study…

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Race, whiteness and transformation in the Promise Keepers America and the Mighty Men Conference: A comparative analysis
July 28, 2020

This article takes cue from Sarojini Nadar’s article analysing the Mighty Men Conference (MMC) in South Africa as a case study of masculinism, where the…

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When faith does violence: Reimagining engagement between churches and LGBTI groups on homophobia in Africa

‘Homophobia’ is shorthand for stigmatising attitudes and practices towards people who demonstrate sexual diversity. In this article, we reflect on how African Christian faith may…

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Towards liberationist engagement with ethnicity: A case study of the politics of ethnicity in a Methodist church
July 28, 2020

The article calls for critical theological examination of the politics of ethnicity in the context of mainline churches in South Africa. The category of ethnicity…

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‘Not in our name without us’ – The intervention of Catholic Women Speak at the Synod of Bishops on the Family: A case study of a global resistance movement by Catholic women
July 28, 2020

This article will illustrate through a case study of the intervention of the Catholic Women Speak Network (CWSN) at the Synod of Bishops on the…

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Practising chaordic beauty: On embracing strangers in one inner city faith community
July 28, 2020

In this article I read one inner city faith community – the Tshwane Leadership Foundation (TLF) – through the lenses of literature that reflects on…

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‘Love the sinner, not the sin?’ Sexual and gender diversity in faith communities
July 28, 2020

While queer theology has foregrounded sexual and gender diversity in faith communities internationally, in South Africa, the emergence of a queer, African theology is necessary…

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Editorial: Pathways out of Homelessness

People do not become homeless out of choice. There is sufficient historical evidence to demonstrate that the social and political vulnerability of street homeless people…

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(Finding) Pathways out of homelessness: An engaged, trans-disciplinary collaborative in the City of Tshwane

Street homelessness in the City of Tshwane was brought to public attention in the winter of 2014. This led to a composite research project involving different constituencies,…

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International responses to homelessness: Lessons for the City of Tshwane
July 28, 2020

Reports of increases in the numbers of homeless people are pouring in from all over the world yet many governments still do not consider homelessness…

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Unshackling the chains of homelessness in the City of Tshwane: A critical appraisal of the current policy in the light of national and local policies and strategies

This article provides a critical appraisal of the current Homelessness Policy for the City of Tshwane in the light of national and local policies and…

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Homelessness in Pretoria: Exploring the survival challenges of the homeless and their right to the city

This article documents the biographies of 60 homeless people from a range of different backgrounds in South Africa’s capital city of Pretoria. The article focuses…

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‘A shelter is not a home’: Voices of homeless women in the City of Tshwane

In response to a request from the City of Tshwane that homelessness in the city be explored, a research team was established in 2014. The…

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‘Not just numbers!’ Homeless people as potential economic contributors in Tshwane
July 28, 2020

Statistics on homelessness in the City of Tshwane fail to give us ideas about the capacities homeless people have that could be used as a…

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Engaging with homelessness in the City of Tshwane: Ethical and practical considerations
July 28, 2020

Policies and practices aimed at developing more engaged universities that are responsive to the needs of society have become key features of the higher education…

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The Tshwane Homeless Summit as dramaturgy: A contextual, trans-disciplinary epistemology from below

In this article we propose a contextual, trans-disciplinary epistemology from below, as explored through the lenses of the Tshwane Homeless Summit and the broader policy-making…

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Just faith: Glocal Responses to Planetary Urbanization
July 9, 2020

The purpose of this scholarly book is to expand the body of knowledge available on urban theology. It introduces readers to the concept of planetary…

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Discerning a theological agenda for spatial justice in South Africa: An imperative for sustained reconciliation – Stephan de Beer
June 13, 2020

A spatial turn has occurred in various disciplines over the past decades. This article holds that it has not occurred in a similar decisive manner in…

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Leibniz, Lefebvre and the spatial turn in law – Isolde de Villiers
June 13, 2020

This contribution takes as its point of departure the spatial turn in law and the notion of spatial justice. It traces the term ‘spatial justice’…

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Spaces of alienation: Dispossession and justice in South Africa – Petrus T. Delport; Tshepo Lephakga

Theories and philosophies of space and place have seen a rise in prominence in recent times, specifically in the disciplines of theology, law and philosophy. This…

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Interrupting separateness, disrupting comfort: An autoethnographic account of lived religion, ubuntu and spatial justice – John Eliastam
June 13, 2020

This article uses a fictionalised encounter as the basis for an autoethnographic exploration of the intersections between the South African social value of ubuntu and the…

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The transformation of the city of Zion: From decadence to justice and prophetic hope (Is. 1:1–2:5) – Alphonso Groenewald
June 13, 2020

This article focuses on the story of the transformation of the city called Zion. Isaiah 1:1–2:5 is the key to the book. This chapter describes the…

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How does justice smell? Reflections on space and place, justice and the body – Jacob Meiring
June 13, 2020

Flowing from a joint consultation on Spatial Justice and Reconciliation on 21–22 September 2015, hosted by the Centre for Contextual Ministry and the Ubuntu Research…

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Facing our whiteness in doing Ubuntu research. Finding spatial justice for the researcher – Julian Müller; Sheila Trahar

In this article, the two authors, academics from different contexts and both aware of their whiteness, focus on their own vulnerable selves. The aim is…

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Tiyo Soga: Violence, disruption and dislocation in the white polis – Vuyani Vellem
June 13, 2020

Tiyo Soga must be celebrated as he is the personification of a body of knowledge pertinent to the development of foundational knowledge in examining the violence,…

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Doing theology with children in a South African context: Children as collaborators in intergenerational ministry

The vision of Child Theology Africa is to advance a child-friendly continent by doing theology with, for, about and through African children. In this article…

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Children as theological hermeneutic: Is there a new epistemological break emerging? – Nico Botha
June 13, 2020

Children are the great omission in theology. The objective of the article is to show that there is a growing realisation of this reality. More…

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Theology disrupted: Doing theology with children in African contexts
June 13, 2020

The thrust of this article is an attempt to respond to the question whether we can read and interpret the bible in Africa from the…

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‘Children must be seen and heard’ – Doing postcolonial theology with children in a (southern) African Reformed church
June 13, 2020

Taking theology to the African children needs to start with a serious engagement of the colonial experience that African Christianity, communities and families were subjected…

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Theology disrupted by the challenge of refugee children

This article focuses on the plight of refugee children and families and takes the form of a dialogue between an academic theologian and a community…

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Rethinking sin and evil through the life of a child sex slave
June 13, 2020

This article rethinks (original) sin and evil through the life of a child called Engela who has been ‘sold’ into sex slavery. Focus is placed…

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Providing mentoring for orphans and vulnerable children in internally displaced person camps: The case of northern Nigeria
June 13, 2020

The challenge of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) has become central to the response of many organisations (UN, UNHCR, AONN, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, etc.) today.…

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Unsettling Theology: Sunday school children reading the text of the Bible in the age of recolonisation
June 13, 2020

During Women’s month in South Africa (August), a group of Sunday school children from the rural congregation of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa…

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The task of urban black public theology
June 13, 2020

Twenty years after the demise of apartheid, a typical South African city remains bifurcated. The mushrooming of squatter camps, mekhukhu, in our big cities, symptomises a…

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Structural transformation and democratic public spaces: Reflections on Habermas and the 2014 Tshwane State of the Capital City Address
June 13, 2020

Judging by the immense global academic interaction with his work, Jürgen Habermas’s social theory, with particular reference to structural transformation of the public sphere and…

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Your sister in Babylon sends her love: Towards prophetic solidarity in post-apartheid South Africa
June 13, 2020

How does a self-respecting Christian from Galilee who now finds himself based near the seat of empire relate to power in light of his faith? How…

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Jesus in the Dumping Sites: Doing theology in the overlaps of human and material waste
June 13, 2020

Jesus’ option for the poor should be reclaimed in a clear theological and ecclesial option for the dumping sites of our cities and towns. That…

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Living in the townships: An appraisal of Pentecostal social ministry in Tshwane
June 13, 2020

This article offers an appraisal of the social ministry of Pentecostal churches through fellowship, healing and livelihood creation in the township communities of the city…

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Informal community-based early childhood development as a focus for urban public theology in South Africa

This article highlights important dimensions of public theology and shows how the identifieddimensions are relevant to the specific situation of informal early childhood development (ECD)…

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Faith community as a centre of liberationist praxis in the city
June 13, 2020

Theologians speak of the silence of churches’ prophetic voice in the ‘new’ South Africa, whilst the country features amongst the socio-economically most unequal countries in…

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Concrete spirituality
June 13, 2020

This article reflects on a number of liturgical innovations in the worship of Melodi ya Tshwane, an inner-city congregation of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern…

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Discerning the role of faith communities in responding to urban youth marginalisation
June 13, 2020

Urban youth marginalisation became a key consideration in scholarly and policy literature in the 1990s. This entailed a shift from an emphasis on youth in relation…

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Gangsterism on the Cape Flats: A challenge to ‘engage the powers’
June 13, 2020

One of the most pressing issues in the urban ghettos of the Cape Flats is that of gangsterism and the discourse of power and powerlessness…

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The university, the city and the clown: A theological essay on solidarity, mutuality and prophecy – Stephan de Beer
June 13, 2020

This essay is informed by five different but interrelated conversations all focusing on the relationship between the city and the university. Suggesting the clown as…

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Unshackling the Church – Vuyani Vellem
June 13, 2020

In whose ‘order’, ‘newness’ and ‘foundation’ is ecclesiology based in South Africa? The colonial legacy of pigmentocracy, the cultural domination and annihilation of the indigenous…

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(Un-)shackling the University in the City – Ulrike Kistner
June 13, 2020

This article examines the relation between the University of Pretoria and the City of Tshwane, outlining seven different kinds of relation as they have taken…

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Urban marginality, religious liminality, and the black poor – R. Drew Smith
June 13, 2020

While many persons within westernised or westernising nations such as the United States of America and South Africa continue to place importance on matters of…

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Community engagement as the organic link with the street: Creating a learning community between the academy and homeless people in Tshwane – Nico Botha
June 13, 2020

Does the current community engagement project, of the Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology at the University of South Africa (UNISA), respond to…

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Responsibility: A case for the homeless in the City of Tshwane – Eugene Baron
June 13, 2020

It is without doubt that the marginalised and destitute, such as homeless people, need all the help they can get to un-shackle them from poverty-stricken circumstances.…

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Faith communities, social exclusion, homelessness and disability: Transforming the margins in the City of Tshwane – Thinandavha D. Mashau, Leomile Mangoedi

Social exclusion is a reality in South Africa today. Its faces are diverse and varied; social exclusion can be defined in terms of social, economic,…

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A vision for peace in the City of Tshwane: Insights from the homeless community – Lukwikilu Mangayi, Themba Ngcobo

Communities living on the margins of society, such as the homeless, are overlooked in the process of building a vision for peace in the City…

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The role of urban religion in seeking peace beyond the mere absence of community conflict: A reading of Ephesians 2:11–22, with the homeless in the City of Tshwane – Reginald W. Nel
June 13, 2020

Urban religion, often visible in the work of faith-based organisations which consciously aim at unshackling the debilitating realities of urban marginalised communities, needs to be…

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[Virtual Colloquium] Solidarity with the homeless poor during Covid-19: we cannot be free unless you are free!
June 11, 2020

The Centre for Faith and Community at the University of Pretoria, in conjunction with its research associates in its Social Justice and Reconciliation Research Group, is…

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[Virtual Colloquium] Homelessness & Covid-19 in the City of Tshwane
June 11, 2020

A virtual Colloquium was hosted on Zoom on Thursday the 28th of May 2020, from 16h00-18h00 The purpose of this Colloquium was:  to register what was created collaboratively…

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Spatial Justice and Reconciliation Conference – Report 2017
June 11, 2020

On 31 May 2017, the research groups Spatial Justice and Reconciliation and Ubuntu research project collaborated and hosted a one day conference: Spatial Justice and Reconciliation. It was held…

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“Rainbow: premise or promise?” Consultation on Social Cohesion and Reconciliation – Report 2013
June 11, 2020

From 22-23 August 2013, 59 people gathered in Cafe Burgundy’s at the University of Pretoria to consider the status of reconciliation and social cohesion in South…

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Faith in the City – Report 2017
June 11, 2020

The Centre for Contextual Ministry is hosted in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Pretoria. Since 2012 the Centre has a specific research project…

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Pathways out of Homelessness Report – 2015
June 11, 2020

The Pathways out of Homelessness research report is a result of a transdisciplinary research project with more than 40 researchers from various faculties such as Theology, Social…

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