Urbanization in Africa is inevitable. By 2050 more than 1,2 billion people – 55% of the African population – will live in African cities. Currently, 62% of Africa’s urban population live in informal settlements. Will urban Africa explode in numbers and deepen in misery, or is it possible to imagine and accompany flourishing African urban futures.

Little research has been done on religion in African cities. Most theological curricula in Africa fail to prioritise urban realities. This trans-disciplinary research project will attempt to escalate the priority for robust, creative theological engagement with African urban challenges.

We gather researchers from across the continent to re-imagine theological education that is fostering urban leaders, enabled to animate flourishing African cities. We do this through retrieving African spiritualities and values, socio-spiritual capital and innovations, and justice-seeking practices of reconciliation and peace-building.

A result of this research project was the launch of the African Urban Theology Network. Researchers from various theological institutions on the African continent currently participate in this Network.

For more information or to participate, email stephan.debeer@up.ac.za

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