Vision, mission and objectives


  • To contribute to knowledge about the impact of religion in all areas of Society, particularly public life and security; and to train leaders to engage with public life issues from a theological perspective


  • To develop and equip scholars to research in the area of religion, public life and security;
  • To create and implement study programmes at the post graduate and doctoral level in the areas of religion, public life and security;
  • To engage in research about the role and contribution of religion to society, about threats that religions face in society, all aspects of political religion and all areas where religion relates to public life;
  • To disseminate the findings of research widely;
  • To conduct conferences and seminars on topics in the area of religion, society, public life and security and publish the proceedings;
  • To create, resource and offer research fellowship to scholars in the fields of religion and society; and
  • To resource research particularly in areas of religion, religious persecution and security.


  • To develop and present need- and goal-oriented courses to community and church leaders, focusing on holistic leadership within their context, or any related courses that will support the capacity development of grass-root leaders;
  • To undertake research and development projects related to the mission of the Centre, though, among   other   means   but   not   exclusively, trans­ disciplinary research themes; and
  • To focus on engaged research led by the leaders within their communities to challenge the wide-ranging challenges facing their communities today

The vision, mission and objectives of the centre aligns harmoniously with the mission and vision of the Faculty of Theology and Religion in that the Faculty of Theology and Religion confirms that it facilitates life-affirming theologies by seeking to:

  • teach theologies that are constructive, critical, relevant, contextual and engaging;
  • undertake quality, collaborative, inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary research;
  • nurture transformative leaders that serve the academia, faith -communities and society;
  • promote justice, peace, the integrity of creation, reconciling diversity and flourishing of human life;
  • create a space for pluriversality, differing epistemologies, inter-religious dialogue and new technologies; and
  • engage critical reading of texts from religious, historical, and life experiences

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