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Hope? The church as alternative community in a context of disruption
Start: 22/06/2021, 09:00
End: 23/06/2021, 13:00
Contact:Marita Snyman - +27848000657
Location: Online (MS Teams)


22 and 23 June 2021

Please join us for this year's Winter School which will take place online. The programme is attached (below). Please note that on Day 1 (22 June) you must choose between four themes for the parallel sessions. The rest of the Winter School will be on one link.

Please register by 17 June by clicking here:

The MS Teams links to the Winter School will be sent to you on 18 June.

The Winter School is hosted by:

The cost for this year's Winter School is R50. Please pay into the account details to the right with reference R3201WS followed by your initials and surname, then email the proof of payment to

Bank details for electronic payments
BeneficiaryStellenbosch University
BankStandard Bank
Branch Code050610
Account Number073006955

Programme in detail:

Tuesday 22 June 2021

09:00 – 09:05Word of welcome: Reggie Nel, Dean, Faculty of Theology
09:05 – 09:10Arrangements: Anita Cloete, Chair, Winter School organising committee
09:10 – 09:30Devotion: Tshepiso Gregory Moreosele
09:30 – 10:00Keynote 1: Ronelle Burger
10:00 – 10:30Break
10:30 – 12:30Parallel sessions
P1 Biblical perspective

10:30 – 11:00: Julie Claassens Narrative possibility in the context of traumatic discordance: Reading Biblical and contemporary trauma narratives.

11:00 – 11:30: Marius Nel Waiting for the Apocalypse

11:30 – 12:00: Peter Nagel Does the church perpetuate violence disguised as hope?

12:00 – 12:30: Discussion

P2 Youth

10:30 – 11:00: Lucas Mpendulo Reflections on youth ministry within black townships; Jeanette Sibanda The role of ministers working with youth in contexts of violence

11:00 – 11:30: Panel: Melanie Thirion, Dwain Ludick, Ryan Baadjies, Ntando Mlambo Youth ministry and violence

11:30 – 12:00: Selina Palm Hope in action? How can local churches respond effectively to the task of ending violence against children?

12:00 – 12:30: Discussion

P3 Gender violence

10:30 – 11:00: Lisa le Roux Church: silent and complicit, or hope in action?

11:00 – 11:30: Sine Chisale Sexual gender-based violence and Covid-19: African women theology of disability as public theology, an introduction

11:30 – 12:00: Zukisa Fumba Living with the wounds

12:00 – 12:30: Discussion

P4 Church safe space10:30 – 12:30: Caroline Powell, Charlton Alexander and Wayne Renkin Can churches create safe spaces in a time of crisis and beyond? Lessons learnt in 2020


Wednesday 23 June 2021

09:00 – 09:30Devotion: Mariëte Frantz
09:30 – 10:00Keynote 2: Elizabeth Hoorn Petersen 
10:00 – 10:30Break
10:30 – 11:00Stella Viljoen The media, violence and representational cultures
11:00 – 11:30Tamlynn Roberths A pastoral plea to witness & minister in spaces in need of relational hope & justice for families in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic
11:30 – 12:00Cas Wepener The struggle for hope continues. The preaching of Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, 2009 – 2019
12:00 – 12:30Bonganjalo Mbenenge: Ubuntu economics, inclusive economy
12:30 – 13:00

Keynote 3: Trevor Herbert

Followed by closing