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​​​​​​Hosted by the Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, Communitas, Ekklesia and the Beyers Naudé Centre for Public Theology.​​The Winter School has become a regular event on the SU calendar, but did not take place in 2020 and was presented Online in 2021 due to covid-19.

Pastors, students, academics from schools of religion and all interested persons are invited to the 2022 Winter School, presented by the Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, in collaboration with Communitas, Ekklesia and the Beyers Naudé Centre for Public Theology.

The venue for the Winter School is the Attie van Wijk Auditorium, Faculty of Theology, 171 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch.
​​Please register here: Registration Form​

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Closing date for registrations: 13 June 2022. No late registrations will be accepted. The following registration categories are available:

•           Early bird registration fee before 31 May 2022: R350*

•           Standard registration fee from 31 May to 13 June 2022: R450

•           Single day fee: R150 (spit-braai excluded)

•           Theology students may attend the Winter School at no cost, but still need to register. Should they wish to attend the spit-braai, a fee of R120 must be paid before 13 June 2022.

* URCSA and DRC pastors from the Cape/Western Cape Synods will be subsidised by their local Synods and will pay R200 for early bird registration. A number of scholarships are also available – please contact Escois Benjamin at ebenjamin@sun.ac.za for more information.

Please complete the online registration form before 31 May to qualify for early bird registration.   https://forms.gle/D6Hu4vtQiV5XYJUx9


The Winter School is attended by people from different denominations, some of who do not follow Afrikaans. The programme will be conducted mainly in English. Chairpersons for each session are carefully selected so that they can translate if a person wants to ask a question in his / her mother tongue, e.g. Afrikaans and English, and in some cases isiXhosa.


Canon Desmond Lambrechts, Anglican Student Chaplain at Stellenbosch University, will be on duty for the duration of the Winter School.  In the past the need for a pastoral safe space became apparent. These pastoral conversations will provide an opportunity to listen and reflect with those for whom the Winter School may evoke strong, even turbulent emotions, and pray with those struggling with issues arising from the discussions. His office is next to the Chapel.


Tea/Coffee/Refreshments will be served at the times indicated in the programme. Please note that provision cannot be made for special dietary requirements. These are delegates’ own responsibility.

Lunch is not included in the registration fee and participants are responsible for their own lunches – there is, however, a cafeteria on the premises with most affordable options.


All participants are invited to a spit-braai on Tuesday 21 June (16:30 – 18:00) – the cost is included in the registration fee. Only pre-registered participants may attend the spit-braai.

The Alumni Relations Office of Stellenbosch University invites all participants who are alumni of Stellenbosch University for pre-drinks in the cafeteria before the spitbraai.


The Faculty of Theology is unfortunately only partly wheelchair accessible through a side entrance and an elevator. Should you need assistance, please notify the organisers in advance to make arrangements.


There will be a limited number of parking spaces available on the premises and the booms at the Noordwal-West entrance (beside the Communitas and Archive entrance at the back of the faculty building) will be lifted.


Since central heating is not customary in University buildings, please dress warmly!


Book exhibitions and sales will be conducted by SunMedia, Bible Media and the Beyers Naudé Centre for Public Theology. Credit card facilities will be available.


Participants are responsible for their own accommodation arrangements. A list of guesthouses within walking distance of the faculty is available from Bridget Leibbrandt (bleibbrandt@sun.ac.za)


Marita Snyman (Tel: 021 808 2538; E-mail: maritasnyman@sun.ac.za)

Bridgitte Leibbrandt (Tel: 021 808 9293; E-mail: bleibbrandt@sun.ac.za)

Divine Robertson (Tel: 021 808 2827; E-mail: dr@sun.ac.za)