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Launch of Gender Unit at the Faculty of Theology of Gender Unit at the Faculty of TheologyHelette van der Westhuizen<p>Prof Juliana Claassens, Professor of Old Testament and Head of the Gender Unit, shared the story of the unit and said, "We want to offer a creative space for interdisciplinary research on an intersectional understanding of gender where we bring together students and scholars, locally, nationally and internationally to help us think differently about gender. Within this Gender Unit, we want very much to adhere to a feminist ethos that can be described as honouring all voices, interrogating power relations and reconstituting community."</p><p>The Vice-Rector for Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies, Prof Eugene Cloete, who played an important role in the establishment of the Gender Unit, said the unit stands for human dignity. "Human dignity is the number one priority. The second is creating an inclusive environment and a space where people can talk to one another. The idea is to work towards a common good."</p><p>Prof Amanda Gouws, who wished the Gender Unit well on behalf of the wider SU campus, talked about the importance of partnerships, and how essential it is to work together across departments and faculties in terms of issues of gender.</p><p>According to Dr Charlene van der Walt, Research and Programme coordinator of the Gender Unit and the very successful MTh Gender, Health and Theology programme, the unit already collaborates closely with various NGOs working on gender-based violence and minority sexualities in Africa, and they look forward to including other interested partners. Dr Funlola Olojede is the first postdoctoral fellow at the unit. She is making a valuable contribution with her focus on Africa women reading the Bible in terms of the challenges and opportunities in our contemporary context.</p><p>Prof Claassens concluded her address with a quote by<strong> </strong><em>bell hooks:</em> "I want there to be a place in the world where people can engage in one another's differences in a way that is redemptive, full of hope and possibility." May the Gender Unit be such a place.</p>
The Beyers Naudé Centre for Public Theology and Faculdades EST, Brazil strengthen partnership 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>
GNPT Consultation 2016 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=""></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"></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=""></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 ready 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 underway 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 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>
Russel Botman Memorial Lecture Botman Memorial LectureHelette van der Westhuizen<p style="text-align:left;">The <span style="text-align:center;">Russel Botman Memorial Lecture, </span><span style="text-align:center;">commemorating the life of Prof Hayman Russel Botman, is </span><span style="text-align:center;">hosted annually by the Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University </span><span style="text-align:center;">in conjunction with the curatoria of the Dutch Reformed Church, the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa and the Beyers Naudé Centre for Public Theology.</span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>"Are we still of any use?"</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Situating Russel Botman's thinking on poverty, empowerment and education </strong><strong>in our contemporary times.</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Date</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;">Tuesday, 18 October 2016 at 18:15</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Venue</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;">Attie van Wijk Auditorium, Faculty of Theology, 171 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Speaker</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;">Prof Crain Soudien, Human Sciences Research Council</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Response</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;">Prof Yusef Waghid, Faculty of Education, Stellenbosch University</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Vote of thanks</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;">Mr Randall van den Heever, Russel Botman bursar, <br>Stellenbosch University</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>RSVP by 10 October 2016</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;">Helette, 021 808 9560 or</p><p></p>
Gift exchange between the Beyers Naudé Centre and the Institute of Ethics of the Faculdades EST, Brazil exchange between the Beyers Naudé Centre and the Institute of Ethics of the Faculdades EST, BrazilMarita Snyman<p>Exchanges of significant gifts are signs of friendship, partnership and koinonia between brothers and sisters in Christ. As such a sign, the Beyers Naudé Center for Public Theology gave to its partner Institute, the Institute of Ethics of the Faculdades EST at São Leopoldo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, an artwork by Professor emeritus Daniël Johannes Louw of Stellenbosch University. The artwork under the name of "Derelictio: Christ the cursed and wounded healer" was brought to Brazil and handed over in a worship service during the third International Congress of Faculdades EST in September by Dr Donald Katts and put in place in the Institute (photo). Made with broken glass, it shows how Christ assumed our human vulnerability and suffered for our sake. In the rising sun behind the cross we can see the light of the resurrection.</p><p><img src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/Faculdades%20EST.jpg" alt="Faculdades EST.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p>This light is also visible in the Easter candle that was brought in return to the Beyers Naudé Centre in October, following the fourth Meeting of the Global Network of Public Theology held at STIAS in Stellenbosch. Prof Rudolf von Sinner, Director of the Ethics Institute, handed over the handmade candle to Dr Dion Forster, Acting Director of the BNS (photo). Whenever we shall look at these tokens, we shall be reminded of our partnership and collaboration in the work of God's reign, justice and love in our respective contexts. Both countries are among those with the highest economic and social inequalities in the world and well know the positive, ambiguous and questionable contributions of churches towards the common good in society.</p>
Public lecture by Lord Rowan Williams 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=""><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">Master</span></a><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"> of </span><a href=""><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">Magdalene College</span></a><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"> at </span><a href=""><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=""></a> or 021 808 2538) as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.</p>
Beyers Naudé: The Thug life of an Afrikaner dominee 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>