This special edition was sub-edited by Stephan de Beer (Centre for Contextual Ministry)

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

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 university. Suggesting the clown as…

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Unshackling the Church – Vuyani Vellem

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

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

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

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

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

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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