Research Focus Areas

Pathways out of homelessness (Phase II)

Since 2014 a coherent research agenda was developed in the City of Tshwane, bringing the city, the Tshwane Homelessness Forum, the University of Pretoria and the University of South Africa together. This has led to innovative research documenting practices and narratives that demonstrate pathways out of homelessness.  

We are now preparing to implement phase II of this project, which offers an exciting study opportunity to do research with dedicated researchers from various disciplines, in a way that combines research, concrete action and social justice. Phase II will focus on gaining deeper understanding of the dynamics, causes and possible solutions to elderly homelessness, student homelessness and the interface of chronic mental illness and homelessness in the City of Tshwane. Through ethnographies with people living on the streets, and case studies of practices seeking to facilitate pathways out of homelessness, we hope to contribute to new knowledge on the subject, but also to real alternatives for people who are currently very vulnerable.

If you would like to participate, contact [email protected]

Joint project of the Centre for Faith and Communities and Department of Practical Theology on Youth Ministry

The project entitled "Youth ministry and faith development in South Africa" is led by Proff Malan Nel and Yolanda Dreyer. Currently there are 9 participants. Some 8 more will be invited to join. The project will run from 2012 to 2017. The research will focus on Christian education and the integration of education and family ministry. A core team of researchers consisting of people who have obtained doctorates in Youth Ministry and people who are currently working in Youth Ministry on a doctoral or master's level, will participate in a longitudinal research programme. Publications in the form of articles and possibly a book are envisaged.

Prof CJS Lombaard

  • Aspects of Faith in the Contemporary World (Church, Culture, Law, Politics, Literature, Journalism, Poetry, Music, Health, Education, Language, Economy, Leadership, Individual and Group Identities, University Life and Academic Disciplines)
  • Spirituality in/and Scriptures
  • Spirituality Theories and Practices
  • The use of the Bible in Religious and Public Life
  • Our Dawning Post-Secular Era
  • The Patriarchs of the Hebrew Bible; the Writings of the Hebrew Bible
  • Research Across Borders (Geographic, Disciplinary, Ecclesial)
  • Research Methodologies in Theology and Social Sciences
  • Theological Education and e-ducation

Prof Yolanda Dreyer

Prof Dreyer is the leader of a project entitled "Gender, power, sexuality and pastoral engagement" along with a doctoral student, Reverend Annelie Botha and research partner Dr Juanita Meyer. Prof Dreyer's research is a book project with the working title Marriage, sexuality, gays and pastoral engagement. Themes include: Is the Bible good news for human sexuality? “De-centre-ing” sexual difference; The “sanctity” of marriage and its mythological origins, forms and models; Prejudice, homophobia; Heteronormativity, a root of hegemony and internalised homophobia; An inclusive pastoral theological perspective. Dissemination: Guest lecture at the Otterbein University, Westerville, Ohio, USA in May 2011; Keynote address at the International Academy for Practical Theology, Amsterdam June 2011, and a monograph to be published in 2013. Reverend Annelie Botha's research is a PhD entitled "Die hedendaagse Christelike huwelik en pastoraat met vroue" and the title of Dr Meyer's research is "Life history research with adolescent orphans affected by HIV/AIDS and the absence of a father figure: A gender, psycho-social, spiritual perspective".

Prof Maake Masango

Prof Masango as project leader along with 22 of his PhD graduates are working on a book project entitled "Pastoral care in the midst of violence: A South African Perspective." A second book project of which he is the leader is on mentorship along with 28 of his master's students. The focus of the book is pastoral care with wounded souls.

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