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MTh with a focus on gender and healthhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5040MTh with a focus on gender and healthSelina Palm<h2>​​MTH with a focus on gender and health<br></h2><p style="text-align:justify;">The Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, in cooperation with the Church of Sweden is offering a unique opportunity for interested students to complete a Masters in Theology with a focus on gender and health. The masters can be registered in any of the existing theological disciplines (Old Testament, New Testament, Ecclesiology, Systematic Theology, Missiology & Practical Theology). Students will thus complete a Masters in their chosen discipline by pursuing research within the intersection of gender, health and theology. Themes include (but are not restricted to) physical and mental health, HIV and AIDS, sexuality and sexual orientation, reproductive health, gender-based violence and sustainable livelihoods. Ten selected students will be eligible for scholarships in this special focus Master's program for the study period January 2018 to March 2019. A four-year theological degree or a Post-Graduate diploma in Theology (from SU) serves as a prerequisite for application.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">This special focus Masters will consist of a core module (gender, health and theology), two additional modules (in the chosen main discipline) and a 120-page thesis. The program will require students to attend a three-week course at the beginning of 2018 (core module and research methodology workshop) at the Faculty of Theology, followed by two workshops in the first semester designed to assist students in the research proposal development process. Attendance of the Core Module and workshops are compulsory for all students in the program. Thereafter students will be required to be in a position to have regular access to research resources and contact sessions with lecturers and promoters. Oral exams must be completed by July 2018, and thesis submitted by 30 November 2018 in order to graduate in March 2019.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ten scholarships of R75 000 per student are available, divided across the various disciplinary groups in the Faculty. The bursary will be paid out to successful candidates in four instalments, subject to satisfactory progress made by the student in the course of the program. The program consists of a series of strict deadlines and implies dedicated commitment due to the fast pace.  These funds are subject to final donor confirmation from the Church of Sweden in December 2015.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The program has a dual application system:</p><ol><li>All prospective candidates have to complete the official application in accordance with the procedure and requirements for MTh applications at Stellenbosch University. First-time students to Stellenbosch University can apply online at <a href="/">www.sun.ac.za</a>. A full academic transcript will be required of all prospective applicants. Students who are currently enrolled at Stellenbosch University can request the relevant application form for further study from the Faculty Secretary Mr Shirle Cornelissen at <a href="mailto:shirle@sun.ac.za">shirle@sun.ac.za</a>.</li><li>Besides the application through official University channels, a detailed bursary application should be submitted to Dr Selina Palm at spalm@sun.ac.za by 1 September 2017. Bursary applications consist of a full CV, academic records/transcript, a letter of motivation (stating research motivation and aims) and a completed additional information form. Please submit all relevant documents in a single PDF document format via e-mail. For further enquiries please contact Dr Palm via e-mail or on 0767 800 456 from 1<sup>st</sup> August.</li></ol><p style="text-align:justify;">All applicants will be notified as to the success of their bursary application by the end of October 2017. Unsuccessful scholarship candidates, who qualified for acceptance into the Master's program in the selected discipline, will then have a choice to either pursue a discipline specific Masters without the Gender and Health focus or to retract their application.  <br></p><p><br></p>
GNPT Consultation 2016http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=3140GNPT Consultation 2016GNPT<h2 style="text-align:center;">Call for papers for the consultation</h2><h1 style="text-align:center;">"DEMOCRACY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN GLOCAL CONTEXTS"</h1><h3>24-26 October 2016</h3><h3>Stellenbosch University, South Africa</h3><p style="text-align:justify;">​</p><p>Dear Colleagues</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The local organising committee is pleased to announce the fourth triennial consultation on <em>Democracy and social justice in glocal contexts</em> which will be held in Stellenbosch, South Africa from Monday 24 to Wednesday 26 October 2016.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Proposals regarding this theme, as well as themes highlighted below, are welcomed.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">One way to describe Public Theology is to argue that Public Theology addresses three sets of interdependent themes, namely the inherent public contents of faith, the inherent public rationality and reasonability of faith and the inherent public meaning, significance, implications, impact of faith.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Various public theologians emphasise some of these sets of questions more than others. Others attempt to attend to all three questions simultaneously. It is also possible that we emphasise one theme at a point and another one in a different context. For some it is even not possible to distinguish among these sets of themes, let alone separating it.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The distinction above might guide our discussion about a public challenge like justice. The question of justice could be discussed in terms of the public contents, the public rationality and the public impact of Christian faith.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Broad themes like the following might surface when we focus upon the public contents of Christian faith:</p><ul><li>Old Testamentic perspectives on justice;</li><li>New Testamentic perspectives on justice;</li><li>Justice in a church historical perspective;</li><li>Justice in a comprehensive Trinitarian (theological, Christological, pneumatological) perspective; </li><li>Justice in a missiological perspective;</li><li>Justice and ecclesial practices like <em>leitourgia</em>, <em>diakonia</em>, <em>marturia </em>and <em>koinonia</em>.  </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">The question can also be addressed in terms of the rationality, reasonability and intellectual accessibility of the Christian faith.  With an emphasis on intra-disciplinarity amongst theological disciplines, interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity various justice theories, systems and models might be freshly explored.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The theme could also be unpacked in terms of the meaning of the Christian faith for specific justice challenges in the world, amongst others ecocide, poverty, unemployment, inequality, oppression, violence, racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, handicappism, afropessimism, and xenophobia.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The notion of glocal in the theme of the conference refers to the impact of global developments on local life, as well as the importance of local initiatives for the transformation of global perspectives. The focus upon justice will hopefully enable members of the Global Network for Public Theology to learn from each other's contextual discussions, and to rediscover the indispensable wealth of the Christian tradition as we face the threatening forces of injustice and dehumanization in various forms in different parts of the world.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">These discussions will take place within the framework of democracy in societies. The guiding question will be whether democracies succeed in delivering the promise of the democratic vision, namely a life of dignity and justice, freedom and peace for all. With regard to democracy's role in justice, themes like the following deserve special attention:</p><ul><li>The issue of minorities (religious, racial, linguistic or ethnic) and the problem of 'majoritarianism' in a democratic state. How can Public Theology support minority groups and challenge government policies?</li><li>At a global level, responses to climate change, terrorism, refugees, and (religious) 'militantism' are challenges to all the citizens in general and religious communities in particular.</li><li>In what way does Public Theology enhance the democratic values of equality, freedom, and rule of law and at the same time critique government policies when they are not compatible with democratic values and scriptural teachings?</li><li>How does Public Theology support the democratic state from various threats, amongst others from the market? What could be the contours for a state theology as part of Public Theology?</li><li>How can Public Theology advance the task of democracy to bring forth justice for all?</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">We hereby invite all scholars interested in the study of Public Theology to submit proposals of no more than 300 words by June 2016. These can be submitted electronically to <a href="mailto:maritasnyman@sun.ac.za">maritasnyman@sun.ac.za</a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Please remember to add a title (or provisional title) to your abstract.  The presentation language will be English – please inform us should you require any translation services.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Registration for attendance will open on 1 February 2016 and can be found on the following website: <a href="/bnc">www.sun.ac.za/bnc</a>. Please feel free to distribute this call for papers to other interested parties.</p><p>For further enquiries kindly contact Marita Snyman at <a href="mailto:maritasnyman@sun.ac.za">maritasnyman@sun.ac.za</a>.</p><p>Sincerely, <em>in verbondenheid</em></p><p>Prof Nico Koopman</p><p>Chair: GNPT Executive Committee</p><p>Beyers Naudé Centre for Public Theology</p><p>Faculty of Theology</p><p>Stellenbosch University</p><p>Stellenbosch 7600</p><p>South Africa</p>
Beyers Naudé Centre's new home almost readyhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=3142Beyers Naudé Centre's new home almost readyMarita Snyman<p>​In the photo Dr. Murray Coetzee, responsible for the archive, can be seen looking at the progress. The new space will house the various collections of the Centre (including the Ilse Naudé,<span></span><span></span> Russel Botman, Christian Institute, <em>Pro Veritate</em> Collections) and will also have 10 workstations for visiting researchers.</p>
Digitisation project underwayhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=3145Digitisation project underwayMarita Snyman<p>​Once the scanning process is completed, the collection of Oom Bey's sermons and lectures will be available on the Stellenbosch University's hosting platform, <strong>SunDigital</strong>. This collection was kindly donated to the Beyers Naudé ​Centre by Naudé's late wife, Ilse. What makes this collection so unique, is that these documents are all handwritten!</p>
Beyers Naudé Centre: Bonhoeffer conference report http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=3318Beyers Naudé Centre: Bonhoeffer conference report Marita Snyman<h2>Conference Report: Bonhoeffer and the Global South: Reception and Contemporary and Future Challenges (30 September – 2 October 2015)</h2><p>In September 2014, a Bonhoeffer Unit was established within the Beyers Naudé Centre for Public Theology.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer was an influential German pastor, theologian and martyr who also had, and still has, a strong reception in church and theological circles in Southern Africa. From 30 September till 2 October 2015 this Bonhoeffer Unit hosted its first major event, a consultation on "Bonhoeffer and the Global South: Reception and Contemporary and Future Challenges."</p><p>The consultation – which was preceded by a colloquium on "The promise of prophetic theology for doing theology today" at Volmoed Retreat Centre near Hermanus – was attended by a group of about 40 people, all with a strong interest in Bonhoeffer's life, theology, and legacy. It was especially fortunate to have three Bonhoeffer scholars from Brazil in attendance.  They contributed richly to the conversation through their presentations and comments.  The consultation certainly paved the way for further networking and collaboration.</p><p>One of the invited speakers, Dr Pascal Bataringaya from Rwanda (who wrote his doctoral dissertation under the supervision of Prof Heinrich Bedford-Strohm on Bonhoeffer's peace ethics), unfortunately, had to withdraw due to visa problems. But the BNC hopes to strengthen contact with him since a Bonhoeffer Centre is being established in Kigali.</p><p>The presentations were all of high quality and the BNC hopes to publish at least a selection of the papers in 2016. </p><p>Click <a href="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/Bonhoeffer%20Programme%202015.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Bonhoeffer Programme 2015.pdf</a> for the programme</p>
Dietrich Bonhoeffer for todayhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=4234Dietrich Bonhoeffer for todayMarita Snyman<p>For three years now, the Bonhoeffer Consultation has brought together scholars, pastors, and students for a close reading and discussion of a portion of Bonhoeffer's writings. This year's Consultation focused on Bonhoeffer's dissertation, <em>Sanctorum Communio, </em>which he completed at age 21. In it, Bonhoeffer offers a description of the church as a social entity in which separate persons are brought into community by encountering difference in one another. Participants spent each morning reading through <em>Sanctorum Communio</em> and discussing its implications for theology, sociology, politics, personhood, and a fresh vision for the church's role in a diverse and reconciling South Africa. The discussions were supplemented by public lectures, including an address by the renowned theologian and Bonhoeffer scholar, Prof. John de Gruchy, on Bonhoeffer's prophetic example for a global Kairos theology.</p><p>Photo: Prof Robert Vosloo, Director of the Bonhoeffer Unit at the Beyers Naudé Centre with Prof John de Gruchy<br></p>
The Beyers Naudé Centre for Public Theology and Faculdades EST, Brazil strengthen partnershiphttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=4276The Beyers Naudé Centre for Public Theology and Faculdades EST, Brazil strengthen partnershipDion Forster<p>The Beyers Naudé Centre for Public Theology in the Faculty of Theology at Stellenbosch University has been engaged in a rich and fruitful partnership with colleagues from Faculdades EST since 2007. Faculdades EST is a Brazilian institution of research and academic training in the fields of human sciences and applied social sciences, linguistics, languages, arts and health. The partnership has focussed predominantly on issues of Public Theologies in the respective contexts. Prof Dr Rudolf von Sinner from Faculdades EST and Dr Dion Forster from the Beyers Naudé Centre for Public Theology serve as the coordinators of an ongoing research project on the nature and content of Public Theologies from Brazil and South Africa. This has been a very fruitful collaboration over the years with the exchange of staff and students, participation in conferences in Sao Leopoldo and Stellenbosch, and shared publications. <br> <br>On the 14th of September 2016 the Faculty of Theology (Stellenbosch University) and the Beyers Naudé Centre for Public Theology presented Prof Dr Rudolf von Sinner with an artwork for the Centre for Ethics at Faculdades EST. The artwork, which was created by Prof Daniel Louw (Emeritus Professor - and former Dean - of the Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch) is entitled '<em>The Cursed and Wounded Healer</em>'. It symbolises the frailty and brokenness of human persons and society as a result of sin. Yet, it points towards the hope of healing and restoration that the cross of Christ brings, expressed in Pauline terminology, as wholeness (<em>parrhesia</em>).</p><p>We look forward to many fruitful years of South by South collaboration between these two Southern hemisphere institutions. In this picture Dr Donald Katts, Stellenbosch (left) is presenting the artwork to Prof Dr Rudolf von Sinner (right) at a special service at Faculdades EST.</p>
Beyers Naudé: The Thug life of an Afrikaner domineehttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=4091Beyers Naudé: The Thug life of an Afrikaner domineeMarita Snyman<p>The Beyers Naudé Archive houses many good protest artworks especially in the Pro Veritate collection and the Belydende Kring (literally: "Confessing Circle") which offered theological commentary on relevant social matters. Botha included some of these artworks in his powerpoint presentation to point out that many of the causes Beyers Naudé pursued are stil relevant in the South Africa of today where they keep society divided.</p><p>Among the topics discussed were reconciliation, migrant labour, economic injustice and racial segregation -  issues that are still prominent in society today, especially in Stellenbosch. The aim of the talk was for the audience to think critically about the society they live in and help maintain. Beyers Naudé's message was firstly that there should be an awareness of the prevailing injustice. Secondly that each person initially as an individual then as a community should together take responsibility for a future non-racial, more equal and free democracy where everyone's dignity is acknowledged, not only constitutionally but also by the people and institutions in the country.</p><p>Botha told the audience that it was both an honour and challenge for him to allow Beyers Naudé's words to challenge him as a Christian in the NG Church.</p>
Public lecture by Lord Rowan Williamshttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=4389Public lecture by Lord Rowan WilliamsMarita Snyman<p>Lord Williams was the Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002 – 2012 and currently holds the position of<span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"> </span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Masters_of_Magdalene_College%2c_Cambridge"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">Master</span></a><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"> of </span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magdalene_College%2c_Cambridge"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">Magdalene College</span></a><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"> at </span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Cambridge"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">Cambridge University</span></a><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">. </span>He is acknowledged internationally as an outstanding theological writer, scholar and teacher. He has been involved in many theological, ecumenical and educational commissions. His visit forms part of the Global Network for Public Theology's Consultation on Democracy and Social Justice in Glocal contexts, presented by the Beyers Naudé Centre for Public Theology and the Faculty of Theology. Please note that there is limited seating – please book your seat with Marita Snyman (<a href="mailto:maritasnyman@sun.ac.za">maritasnyman@sun.ac.za</a> or 021 808 2538) as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.</p>
Celebrating Allan Boesak’s 70th birthdayhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=3919Celebrating Allan Boesak’s 70th birthdayMarita Snyman<p>​​Before the event, attendees received the introduction and first chapter of Prof Boesak's latest book, <em>Kairos, Crisis, and Global Apartheid: The Challenge to Prophetic Resistance. Palgrave Macmillan.</em> </p><p>The reference to "Kairos" in the title of the book reminds of the 1985 Kairos Document which responded theologically to the crisis experienced in apartheid South Africa.  The book argues that thirty years later Christians and faith communities are facing a more global sort of apartheid, and apartheid that is – as the book states – "caused and characterized by growing social and economic inequalities, environmental devastation, and degradation of human dignity on a global scale." The book makes a powerful claim for the embodiment of a theology of prophetic resistance.</p><p>At the event, Prof Robert Vosloo put some questions about the book to Prof Boesak, to which he responded in his typical clear, challenging and inspiring manner.  He elaborated on terms such as "kairos consciousness" and "global apartheid," and also pointed to the influence of Calvin, Bonhoeffer, Beyers Naudé, liberation theology and black theology on the ideas put forward in the book. One of the questions addressed the challenges posed by the conversations on decolonization and the various #mustFall movements. The discussion also turned to the situation in the United States and the candidacy of Donald Trump. Prof Boesak responded by emphasizing the need for the church to stand with God for justice.</p><p>The event was well-attended and those present enjoyed the discussion which served as a challenge to embody the gospel in line with the legacy of people like Beyers Naudé. The event concluded with student leaders from the faculty congratulating Prof Boesak on his 70<sup>th</sup> birthday.​</p>