This special edition was sub-edited by Marilyn Naidoo (UNISA) and Stephan de Beer (Centre for Contextual Ministry, University of Pretoria)

This series originally appeared in the HTS Theological Studies/ Teologies Studies 71(3), 2015

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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, gender, ethnic and economic difference,…

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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 subjectivities of individuals who were…

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An ethnographic study on managing diversity in two Protestant theological colleges

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 aimed to understand diversity management…

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

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 author makes some passing comparison…

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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 become redemptive rather than violent…

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

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 is largely missing in the…

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‘Not in our name without us’ – The intervention of Catholic Women Speak at the Synod of Bishops on the…

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 Family, the dynamic movement within…

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Practising chaordic beauty: On embracing strangers in one inner city faith community

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

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

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 given that religion is often…

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