This theme explores issues of our collective woundedness as a South African people; spatial justice, land and restitution; peace-building and restoration; and the ways in which reconciliation and justice relate to each other.


Restorative justice can help us deal with the aftermath of the looting: Is an amnesty appropriate?

Photo: Residents and taxi drivers held a peaceful protest against looting and taxi violence on 19 July 2021 in Vrygond, ...
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A reflection on Vuyani Vellem’s longing for liberation: A spirituality of life and freedom

Vuyani Vellem was insistent on fostering a spirituality that could ground and sustain resistance of death as expressed in multiple ...
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Discerning a theological agenda for spatial justice in South Africa: An imperative for sustained reconciliation – Stephan de Beer

A spatial turn has occurred in various disciplines over the past decades. This article holds that it has not occurred in ...
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Leibniz, Lefebvre and the spatial turn in law – Isolde de Villiers

This contribution takes as its point of departure the spatial turn in law and the notion of spatial justice. It ...
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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 ...
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Interrupting separateness, disrupting comfort: An autoethnographic account of lived religion, ubuntu and spatial justice – John Eliastam

This article uses a fictionalised encounter as the basis for an autoethnographic exploration of the intersections between the South African social ...
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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

This article focuses on the story of the transformation of the city called Zion. Isaiah 1:1–2:5 is the key to the ...
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How does justice smell? Reflections on space and place, justice and the body – Jacob Meiring

Flowing from a joint consultation on Spatial Justice and Reconciliation on 21–22 September 2015, hosted by the Centre for Contextual ...
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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 ...
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The parable of the Feast (Lk 14:16b–23): Breaking down boundaries and discerning a theological–spatial justice agenda – Ernest Van Eck; Wayne Renkin; Ezekiel Ntakirutimana

The parable of the Feast (Lk 14:16b–23) is perhaps the example par excellence in the New Testament that addresses spatial ...
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Tiyo Soga: Violence, disruption and dislocation in the white polis – Vuyani Vellem

Tiyo Soga must be celebrated as he is the personification of a body of knowledge pertinent to the development of foundational ...
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[Virtual Colloquium] Solidarity with the homeless poor during Covid-19: we cannot be free unless you are free!

The Centre for Faith and Community at the University of Pretoria, in conjunction with its research associates in its Social ...
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Spatial Justice and Reconciliation Conference – Report 2017

On 31 May 2017, the research groups Spatial Justice and Reconciliation and Ubuntu research project collaborated and hosted a one ...
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“Rainbow: premise or promise?” Consultation on Social Cohesion and Reconciliation – Report 2013

From 22-23 August 2013, 59 people gathered in Cafe Burgundy’s at the University of Pretoria to consider the status of reconciliation ...
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James Cone, the Urban Church in South Africa, and Theological (Re)Education: A Personal Reflection

This essay uses as backdrop the work of James Cone, and is foregrounded by a personal reflection of epistemological and ...
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Change-making in a (post)apartheid city: An auto-ethnographical essay

We reflect on living and doing ministry in a (post)apartheid South African city, negotiating ongoing demographic and sociopolitical transitions and ...
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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 ...
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The university, the city and the clown: A theological essay on solidarity, mutuality and prophecy – Stephan de Beer

This essay is informed by five different but interrelated conversations all focusing on the relationship between the city and the ...
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Demythologising social cohesion: Towards a practical theological vision

This article considers the topical issue of social cohesion. It seeks to demythologise the issue bringing it into critical conversation ...
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‘Between life and death’: On land, silence and liberation in the capital city

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