Posted on July 14, 2010
Violence in the democratic South Africa:
A challenge to theology and the churches
10-12 August 2010 on Main Campus of the University of Pretoria
The high incidence of violence in the present democratic South African society poses a serious challenge not only to government but also to theology and the churches. At this point of time we strongly need clear theological thinking and guidance on the violence in our society. We also need a comprehensive and effective response by the churches to the different manifestations of violence.
To address this challenge the Centre for Public Theology of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Pretoria has organised a national conference from Tuesday 10 to Thursday 12 August. Prof. Wolfgang Huber, who retired at the end of 2009 as chairperson of the council of the EKD, the Evangelical Church in Germany, has been invited as keynote speaker. He is a renowned theologian who wrote a groundbreaking book on violence. He will give a public address on the topic Religion and violence in a globalised world on Tuesday 10 August at 19:00 and another one on the topic Overcoming violence – A basic task of Christian churches on Wednesday 11 August at the same time.
Expert researchers on the different manifestations of violence in the present South African society have been invited to address the conference on the sub-theme The nature and causes of violence in our society:
The two other sub-themes the conference will deal with are: Engaging violence theologically and The churches’ contribution in combating violence. A call for papers was sent out in March this year to theologians and pastors, inviting them to submit proposals for papers on these two sub-themes. We are delighted about the positive response, both nationally and internationally. An attempt has been made to accommodate as many as possible of those who want to read a paper, even if it means that we at some point during the conference have to revert to parallel sessions.
The following papers will be read on the sub-theme Engaging violence theologically:
The following papers will be read on the sub-theme The churches’ contribution in combating violence:
Facilitating reconciliation between groups
Advocacy for and accommodation of victims of xenophobia
Contribution to the healing of victims of violence
Educating for peace
Modelling peaceful existence
Every engaged Christian interested in the appropriate response from the side of theology and the churches to violence in the present democratic South Africa is invited to attend the conference. For the benefit of those who would like to enroll for the conference the following information is provided:
Venue: Sanlam Auditorium, conference centre on the main campus of the University of Pretoria
Duration: Tuesday the 10th of August from 10:30 to Thursday the 12th of August 13:00. Take into account that there are two evening sessions, one on Tuesday 10 August and the other on Wednesday 11 August when Prof. Huber will present his public lectures
Conference fee: R 250 for the whole conference. This fee includes two dinners and five servings of tea/coffee. To keep the conference fee low lunches are not included. There are, however, a number of coffee shops and tuck shops on the campus where food can be bought during lunch time. The conference fee for one day is R 125.
Enrollment and payment of conference fee: You can enroll for the conference by paying the applicable amount into the following check account: University of Pretoria, Absa Bank, branch code: 632 005, account number: 214 000 00 54 (swift code for international payments: ABSAZAJJCPT), reference: A2209 (NB to add the reference number) and by e-mailing your name and contact details with proof of the payment of the conference fee attached to the e–mail address: [email protected] not later than the 2nd of August.
Contact persons: Should you have any inquiries you can contact,
Ms. Daleen Kotzé
tel. nr. 012-420 2348,
e-mail address [email protected]
(until the 30th of July)
Cobus van Wyngaard
e-mail address [email protected]
Etienne de Villiers
Director, Centre for Public Theology
University of Pretoria
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