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BiographyProfessor John Klaasen studied at UWC; The College of Transfiguration; The University of Kent in Canterbury, and Stellenbosch University. He currently is a Minister of Religion in the Anglican Church in Southern Africa and acted as a Lecturer in the Department from 2009-2015. He was appointed to the position of Senior Lecturer in 2016 and became the Head of the Department later that year. In 2019, he was promoted to Associate Professor status. He is continuing his term as both Lecturer and HoD.
His field of research is in Narrative Theology, Theology, and Development and he lectures in Practical Theology (Homiletics, Pastoral Care, Christian Education, Narrative Theology, Theology, and Development) and Ethics (Worldviews and Morality).
- EM Conradie and J Klaasen (Eds). 2014. The Quest for Identity in so-called Mainline Churches in South Africa. Stellenbosch: Sun Press.
Peer-reviewed Accredited Articles
- Klaasen, J., 2012. Open-ended narrative for moral formation in ACTA Theologica, Vol.32, December 2012, 104-117.
- Klaasen, J., 2013. The interplay between theology and development: How theology can be related to development in post-modern society, Missionalia, 41:2, 182-194.
- Klaasen, J., 2014. Practical theology: A critical engaged practical reason approach, HTS Theological Studies 70:2, 01-06.
- Klaasen, J., 2014. Towards an approach to development as mission: The category of personhood as addressed by Amartya Sen. Missionalia, Vol. 42, Number 1-2, 72-87.
- Klaasen, J., 2015. The role of mainstream Christianity: Towards a narrative paradigm for social integration of minorities in pluralistic post-apartheid South Africa, HTS Theological Studies, Vol 71, No 2, 01-09.
- Klaasen, J., 2015. The ecumenical movement: the role of personhood in development, Missionalia, Vol. 43, Number 3, 323-335.
- Klaasen, J., 2016. Feminist theology and Christian ministry: The dialectic approach of Rosemary Radford Ruether. Journal of Gender and Religion in Africa, Vol. 22 No1, July 2016.
- Klaasen, J., 2016. Identity, race, and faith: The role of faith in post-Apartheid South Africa. HTS Theological Studies.
- Klaasen, J., 2017. Christian anthropology and the National Development Plan: The role of personhood. In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi, 51.
- Klaasen, J., 2017. Development and South Africa: A critical theological reflection on the discourse of development within the All Africa Conference of Churches and its significance for post-Apartheid South Africa. Studia Historiae Ecclesisticae, Vol 43, No 2, 15 pages.
- Klaasen, J., 2017. The role of personhood in development: An African perspective of development for South Africa, Missionalia, Vol. 45, Number 1, 29-44.
- Klaasen, J., 2017. Narrative theology: Contours and markers, Stellenbosch Theological Journal, Vol. 3 Number 2, pp. 567-475.
- Klaasen, J., 2018. Intersection of personhood and culture: A narrative approach of pastoral care to gender-based violence, Scriptura. Vol. 117, p.1-11.
- Klaasen, J., 2018. Youth, space and the other: Reflections on the resolutions of the Anglican Diocese of Cape Town 2017. Part of a Special Volume “Youth and marginalisation as a faith-based concern in Post-Apartheid South Africa” published in June 2018.
- Klaasen, J., 2018. Pastoral care in communities under transition: Interplay between care and culture, Skriflig/In Luce Verbi, 52(1).
- Klaasen, J., 2018. Khoisan identity: a case study in reconciliation, power, and personhood, Studia Historiae Ecclesisticae, Vol. 44, No.2, 14 pages.
- Klaasen, J., 2017. Identity and migration in Post-Apartheid South Africa: The retelling of the Christian open-ended narrative as service to the Church and the World. Diaconia: Journal for the Study of Christian Social Practice, Vol 8, Issue 2, 152-165.
Peer-reviewed Chapters in Books
- Klaasen, J. Theological education and formation in the Anglican Church, in Naidoo, M, in Between the real and the ideal, 2012.
- Klaasen, J. Challenges in moral formation for ministerial training, in Naidoo, M, in Viability and Contextuality for ministerial training, 2015.
NetworksProf John is a member of the following networks:
- Southern African Missiological Society (SAMS); the Practical Theology Society of South Africa; the Theological Society of South Africa (TSSA); the International Society for the Research and Study of Diaconia and Christian Social Practice (ReDi); EFSA, and
Faculty of ArtsQualifications: DTh (UWC)
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BioProf Christo is an Emeritus Professor in the Department.
- Member of various professional societies, such as the Old Testament and Theological Societies of Southern Africa; also, the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature, Association for the Study of Religion in Africa.
- Member and co-founder of many non-government organisations including, Namibia Peace Plan 435 (Deputy Chairperson, 1986-89); Breaking the Wall of Silence Movement in Namibia (Secretary, 1996-2002); Chairperson of the Project for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in Namibia, 1996-2000 (now The PEACE Center); Member of the Council of Churches in Namibia; National Society of Human Rights in Namibia; Board Member, and Forum for the Future.
- Hosts counselling and Bible study courses in the community and frequent radio talks.
- Serves on various boards or advisory bodies such as Forum for the Future (Namibia).
Faculty of ArtsQualifications: PhD (University of Stellenbosch); MTh Cum Laude (University of Stellenbosch); BTh Cum Laude (University of Stellenbosch); BA Hons. Cum Laude (Philosophy; University of Stellenbosch); BA Cum Laude (University of Stellenbosch)
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BioProf Ernst (1962) is a Senior Professor in the Department at UWC. He teaches Systematic Theology and Ethics. He is married to Marietjie Pauw, a professional flutist, while Pieter (2000-) and Hildegard (2003-) also form part of this household based in Stellenbosch. He studied at Paul Roos Gymnasium and Stellenbosch University and received the degrees BA (1982), BA Hons (Philosophy) (1984), BTh (1986) and MTh (1990), all Cum Laude.
He obtained a doctorate from Stellenbosch University in 1992 with a dissertation entitled “Teologie en pluralisme: ‘n Kritiese analise van David Tracy se voorstel van ’n analogiese verbeelding” (Theology and pluralism: A critical analysis of David Tracy’s notion of an analogical imagination). He joined the staff of UWC in 1993.
He served as chairperson of the Department for three terms (2000-2001, 2006-2007, 2012-2015), as chairperson of the Arts Postgraduate Board of Studies (2000-2007) and the Arts Research Committee (2010-2016), and as acting Deputy Dean for Research and Postgraduate Studies in the Faculty of Arts (September 2011-June 2012, July-August 2013).
He has read numerous papers at national and international conferences. He has obtained various fellowships, scholarships, and invitations for periods of research in Utrecht, Oxford, Berkeley, Heidelberg, Exeter, Princeton, Stellenbosch, Decatur, Georgia, and Amsterdam. He has registered several major collaborative research projects, including ones on Christianity and Ecological Theology (1995-2005, 2006-); Ecology and Eschatology (1996-2000); Anthropology and Ecology (2000-2005); The Earth in God’s Economy (2006-2014); Ecumenical Studies and Social Ethics (2012-2015); Redeeming Sin: Hamartiology, Ecology and Social Analysis/Diagnostics (2014-), and Food Contestation (2015-2018).
He was the convener of the steering committee for an international research project entitled “Christian Faith and the Earth” (2007-2013). He is a co-editor of the journal, Scriptura, and the secretary of the editorial board of the series Studies in Ethics and Theology (published by Bible Media). He is also the current chairperson of the Theological Society of South Africa (1999-2002, 2006-2016).
In 2015, he was elected as a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa.
He has been awarded the Andrew Murray prize for theological publications in Afrikaans twice, namely for “Waar op dees aarde vind mens God?” (awarded in 2007) and “Lewend en Kragtig? In gesprek oor God se handelinge” (awarded in 2013). He obtained the UWC Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Award for Research in the Human and Social Sciences in 2012 and holds a prestigious rating as an internationally acclaimed researcher (B1) from the National Research Foundation (2012, 2019). He has also received numerous research awards within the Faculty of Arts.
- Prof Ernst’s publications, including some 200 refereed articles and essays in edited volumes, are mostly in the intersection between Christian Eco-theology, Systematic Theology, and Ecumenical Theology. He is author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of the following:
Monographs for Academic Specialists
- Hope for the earth – Vistas on a new century (Wipf and Stock, 2000/2005).
- An ecological Christian anthropology: At home on earth? (Ashgate, 2005);?.
- Christianity and ecological theology: Resources for research (SUN Press, 2006).
- Christianity and a critique of consumerism: A survey of six points of entry (Bible Media, 2009).
- Lewend en Kragtig? In gesprek oor God se handelinge in die wêreld (Bybelmedia, 2010).
- Christianity and Earthkeeping: In Search of an Inspiring Vision (SUN Press, 2011).
- Saving the Earth? The legacy of reformed views on “re-creation” (LIT Verlag 2013).
- The Earth in God’s Economy: Creation, Salvation and Consummation in Ecological perspective (LIT Verlag 2015).
- Redeeming Sin? Social Diagnostics amid Ecological destruction (Lexington Books, 2017).
Scholarly Edited Volumes
- Church and land (Stellenbosch: Centre for Contextual Hermeneutics, 1992) – co-editor with Johann Kinghorn and Etienne de Villiers.
- Rape: Rethinking male responsibility (EFSA, 2003) – co-editor with Lindsay Clowes.
- African Christian theologies in transformation (EFSA, 2004).
- Discerning God’s justice in church, society, and academy: Festschrift for Jaap Durand (SUN Press, 2009) – co-editor with Christo Lombard.
- Creation and Salvation: Dialogue on Abraham Kuyper’s Legacy for Contemporary Ecotheology (Brill Publishers, 2011).
- Creation and Salvation, Volume 1: A Mosaic of Essays on Selected Classic Christian Theologians. (LIT Verlag, 2011).
- Creation and Salvation, Volume 2: A Companion on recent theological movements (LIT Verlag, 2012).
- Reconciliation: A guiding vision for South Africa? (Stellenbosch, SUN Press, 2013).
- Notions and forms of ecumenicity in South Africa (Stellenbosch, SUN Press, 2013).
- Christian Faith and the Earth: Current Paths and Emerging Horizons in Ecotheology (London: T&T Clark, 2014) – leading editor with Sigurd Bergmann, Celia Deane-Drummond and Denis Edwards.
- The quest for identity in so-called mainline churches in South Africa (SUN Press, 2014) – co-editor with John Klaasen.
- Ecclesial Reform and Deform Movements in the South African Context (SUN Press, 2015) – co-editor with Miranda Pillay.
- The Church in God’s Household: Protestant Perspectives on Ecclesiology and Ecology (Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications, 2016) – co-editor with Clive Ayre.
Books for Informed Readers
- Rus vir die hele aarde (Lux Verbi, 1996).
- Waar op dees aarde vind mens God? Op soek na 'n aardse spiritualiteit (Lux Verbi.BM, 2006).
- Lewe anderkant die dood? In gesprek oor die hoop op die opstanding uit die dood (Lux Verbi.BM, 2006).
- The church and climate change (Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications, 2008).
- Uitverkoop? In gesprek oor die verbruikerskultuur (Lux Verbi.BM, 2009).
- Om reg te stel: Oor regverdiging én geregtigheid (Bybelmedia, 2018).
- Fishing for Jonah. Various approaches to Biblical interpretation (UWC, 1995) – co-author with Louis Jonker, Douglas Lawrie, and Roger Arendse.
- Angling for interpretation. A guide to understand the Bible better (UWC 2001, SUN Press, 2008).
- Mapping Systematic Theology in Africa: An indexed bibliography (SUN Press, 2004) – co-editor with Charl Fredericks.
- Christian identity: An introduction (SUN Press, 2006).
- Morality as a way of life (SUN Press, 2006).
Books for a Wider Audience:
- Die Bybel in fokus. Leesgids vir 'n nuwe tyd (Lux Verbi, 1997) – co-author with Jan Botha and Louis Jonker.
- A rainbow over the land. A South African guide on the church and environmental justice (Western Cape Provincial Council of Churches, 2000) – co-author with David Field.
- Waarvoor lewe jy? (Lux Verbi.BM, 2000).
- A Rainbow over the Land: Equipping Christians to be Earthkeepers (Bible Media 2016) – second revised edition edited by Rachel Mash.
Ecclesial Publications (as editor)
- The land is crying for justice. A discussion document on Christianity and environmental justice in South Africa (EFSA, 2002) – co-editor with Sipho Mtethwa and Andrew Warmback.
- Climate change – A challenge to the church in South Africa (SACC, 2009) – editorial secretary of the climate change committee of the SACC.
- Does Matter matter? Theological reflection on that which is material, bodily and earthly (DRC, 2012) – editor for an ecclesial task team.
Recent Articles and Essays
- Conradie, EM 2016. An Emerging Horizon: Learning to See the World in a Different Light through the Liturgy, in Buxton, G and Habel, N (Eds). The Nature of Things: Rediscovering the Spiritual in God’s creation, 41-57. Eugene: Pickwick.
- Conradie, EM 2016. Approaches to Religion and the Environment in Africa, in Bongmba, EK (Ed). Routledge Companion to Christianity in Africa, 438-453. New York: Routledge.
- Conradie, EM 2016. Christianity: An Ecological critique of Christianity and a Christian Critique of Ecological Destruction, in Jenkins, W, Tucker, ME and Grim, J (Eds). The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Ecology, 70-78. New York: Routledge.
- Conradie, EM 2016. Climate Justice, Food Security… and God: Some Reflections from the Perspective of Ecotheology”, in Werner, D and Jeglitzka, E (Eds). Climate Justice and Food Security: Theological Education and Christian leadership Development, 109-134. Geneva: Globethics.net.
- Conradie, EM 2016. Divine election and migration: The worst possible way to address the predicament of refugees? Stellenbosch Theological Journal 2:1, 131-148.
- Conradie, EM 2016. Ecumenicity, Mission, Environment, in Ross, K (Ed). Ecumenical Missiology: Changing Landscapes and New Conceptions of Mission. Regnum Edinburgh 2010 series. Oxford: Regnum Books.
- Conradie, EM 2016. Epilogue: Theological Reflections on Ecumenical Action and Advocacy on Climate Change, in Kim, Grace Ji-Sun (Ed). Making Peace with the Earth: Action and Advocacy for Climate Justice, 234-247. Geneva: WCC.
- Conradie, EM 2016. Is the Ear More Spiritual Than the Eye? Theological Reflection on the Human Senses, in Evers, Dirk, Fuller, Michael, Runehov, A and Saether, K-W (Eds). Issues in Science and Theology: Do Emotions Shape the World? 177-188. Heidelberg: Springer.
- Conradie, EM 2016. John Haught on original sin: A Conversation. HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies, 72:4, http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i4.3437, 1-10.
- Conradie, EM 2016. Notions and Forms of African Ecumenism, in Phiri, IA, Werner, D, Kaunda, C and Owino, K (Eds). Anthology of African Christianity, 871-875. Oxford: Regnum Books.
- Conradie, EM 2016. Penultimate Perspectives on the Root Causes of Environmental Destruction in Africa. Scriptura 115, 1-19. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7833/115-0-1279.
- Conradie, EM 2016. What do we do when we eat? Part 1: An inconclusive inquiry. Scriptura 115, 1-17. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7833/115-0-1291.
- Conradie, EM 2016. What do we do when we eat? Part 2: A theological inquiry. Scriptura 115, 1-19. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7833/115-0-1293.
- Conradie, EM 2016. Why can’t the term development just be dropped altogether? Some reflections on the concept of maturation as alternative to development discourse.” HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 72:4, 1-11.
- Conradie, EM 2017. “Conversion towards radical inclusivity”, in Plaatjies-Van Huffel, Mary Anne and Modise, Leepo (Eds). Belhar Confession: The Embracing Confession of Faith for Church and Society, 153-160. Stellenbosch: Sun Press.
- Conradie, EM 2017. Do Only Humans Sin? In Conversation with Frans de Waal, in Fuller, Michael and Evers, Dirk (Eds). Are We Special? Science and Theology Questioning Human Uniqueness, 117-135. Heidelberg: Springer.
- Conradie, EM 2017. Is it not God’s Mercy That Nourishes and Sustains Us… Forever? Some Theological Perspectives on Entangled Sustainabilities. Scriptura 116, 38-54.
- Conradie, EM 2017. Laudato Si’ and the root causes of ecological destruction, in Warmback, A (Ed). “A Review Article on Laudato Si’”, Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 157, 138-145.
- Conradie, EM and Sakupapa, TC 2017. Renewal, Renaissance, Reformation, or Revolution? Guiding Concepts for Social Transformation in South Africa in the Light of 16th Century Ecclesial Reform and Deform Movements in Europe. Stellenbosch Theological Journal 3:2, 11-40, http://dx.doi.org/10.17570/stj.2017.v3n2.a01.
- Conradie, EM 2017. Praying for Rain? Reformed Perspectives from within the South African Context. The Ecumenical Review 69:3, 315-326.
- Conradie, EM 2017. The Gospel: Just for Sinners or Just for the Sinned Against? (with responses by Christine Hong, Brian Powers and Mindy McGarrah Sharp, and a rejoinder). @this point: Theological Investigations in Church and Culture 12:2, http://www.atthispoint.net/.
- Conradie, EM and Sakupapa, TC “Decolonising the Doctrine of the Trinity” or “The Decolonising Doctrine of the Trinity”? Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 161, 37-53.
- Conradie, EM 2018. Eating other Creatures and Discovering their Intrinsic Value. The Ark: The Magazine of Catholic Concern for Animals 239, 36-44.
- Conradie, EM 2018. On Social Evil and Natural Evil: In Conversation with Christopher Southgate. Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 53:3, 752-765. https://doi.org/10.1111/zygo.12427.
- Conradie, EM 2018. The Christian Faith and Evolution: An Evolving, Unresolved Debate. Verbum et Ecclesia 39:1, 1-13, https://doi. org/10.4102/ve.v39i1.1843.
- Conradie, EM 2018. The Pentecostal and Ecumenical Movements in the African Context, in Afolayan Adeshina, Yacob-Haliso, Olajumoke and Falola, Toyin (Eds). Pentecostalism and Politics in Africa. African Histories and Modernities, 119-135. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Conradie, EM 2018. To Cover the Many Sins of Galamsey Mining. Missionalia 46:1, 109-30.
- Conradie, EM 2018. To Eat or be Eaten? That’s the Question, in Baumann, Whitney and Hobgood, Laura (Eds). The Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion and Nature: The Elements, 63-80. London: Bloomsbury.
- Conradie, EM 2018. What diagnosis? Which Remedy? Critical reflections on the Diagnostic Overview of South Africa’s National Planning Commission”. Scriptura 117, 1-21, DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/117-1-1417.
- Conradie, EM 2018. What hope is there – for Klaus? Verbum et Ecclesia 39:1, 1-9, https://doi.org/ 10.4102/ve.v39i1.1847.
Current Writing Projects
- “What’s wrong with the World? Secular discourse on sin in the Anthropocene” (monograph).
- T&T Clark Companion on Christian Theology and Climate Change (contracted with T&T Clark), co-edited with Hilda Koster.
- “Moral Discourse on the Environment: South African perspective” (envisaged textbook).
NetworksHe is the convener of the steering committee for an international research project entitled “Christian Faith and the Earth”(2007-2013). He is a co-editor of the journal Scriptura and the secretary of the editorial board of the series Studies in Ethics and Theology (published by Bible Media). He is also the current conference secretary of the Theological Society of South Africa.
Faculty of ArtsQualifications: MA in Development Studies (International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague); DPhil (Religious Studies, Stellenbosch)
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BioProf Ignatius joined the Department at UWC as a full professor in 2016. Before joining UWC, he held full-time appointments at the Huguenot College (Director of Research: 2006-2007; Executive Director: Academic and Research: 2008-2010; Rector: 2010-2012), and University of South Africa (Professor with the Focus on Research, Research Institute for Theology and Religion: 2012-2016). Since 2016, he has also been Kjell Nordstokke Professor of Diaconal Studies at the VID Specialized University in Norway.
Prof Ignatius’ research work mainly focuses on various topical issues in the related fields of Religion and Development and Theology and Development. He has initiated and led or co-led several national and international team research projects since the early 2000s, which have all emanated in anthologies and other forms of academic publication related to his research focus. Most recently, he acted as co-leader of the international, interdisciplinary Youth at the Margins (YOMA) research project (2013-2016) focusing on the role of faith-based organisations (FBOs) in the lives of marginalised young people and currently leads an editorial team preparing an anthology from the project.
His latest undertaking as leader of a team research project (2018-2020), funded under the auspices of the African Theological Advance Programme and executed by the Nagel Institute of Calvin College, USA, aims to explore the impact of xenophobia as a possible and actual force of innovation among migrant dominated Charismatic Pentecostal Churches (CPCs) in South Africa.
Prof Ignatius’ national and international collaborative research networks span across several universities. He is an acknowledged partner of the Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development at Humboldt University in Berlin and together with researchers in the programme will, based on successful selection, run a permanent panel on Religion and Development at the Nordic and Norwegian Conferences on Development Research (2019-2021). He is a former recipient of the National Research Foundation’s President’s Award for P-rated researchers (2001) and was awarded a Georg Forster Research Fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2006. He currently holds a C1 rating from the National Research Foundation.
- With Cas Wepener, Gerrie Ter Haar and Marcel Barnard (2019). Bonding in Worship: A Ritual Lens on Social Capital in African Independent Churches in South Africa. Leuven/Paris/Bristol, CT: Peeters. ISBN 978-90-429-3833-5.
- With Marlize and Stephan de Beer (2019; In Press). Hope for a better future: Young people’s (im)mobility in Pretoria Central, South Africa, in H. Cuervo and A. Miranda (Eds). Youth, Inequality and Social Change in the Global South. Perspectives on Children and Young People, Vol. 6. Singapore: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-3750-5_11.
- With Bjørn Hallstein Holte and Heikki Hiilamo (2019). The NEET concept in comparative youth research: The Nordic countries and South Africa. Journal of Youth Studies 22(2): 256-272. https://doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2018.1496406.
- (2018). Youth marginalisation as a faith-based concern in contemporary South African society: Introducing a research contribution. HTS Theological Studies 74(3), a5253. https://doi.org/ 10.4102/hts.v74i3.5253, 8 pages.
- With Obaji Agbiji (2017). In the wake of overt religiosity: A critical and appreciative perspective on religion as a force for social transformation and development in African society, in Ilo, S. C. (Ed). Wealth, Health, and Hope in African Christian Religion: The Search for Abundant Life, 265-293, Lanham/Boulder/New York/London: Lexington Books. ISBN-13: 978-1498561273.
- (2017). Social capital, religious social capital, and the missing element of religious ritual. Religion and Theology: A Journal of Contemporary Religious Discourse 24(3/4): 221-249.
- With Afe Adogame (2016). Special Collection: Engaging development: Contributions to a critical theological and religious debate, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 72(4), 4382. http://dx.doi. org/10.4102/hts.v72i4.4382.
- With Stephan de Beer (2014). Doing urban public theology in South Africa: Visions, methodologies, themes, and practices towards a new agenda. Special article collection, HTS Theological Studies 70(3), http://www.hts.org.za/index.php/HTS/issue/view/107.
- (2013). Revival of a kairos consciousness: Prolegomena to a research focus on religious and social change in post-apartheid South Africa. Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 39(2):85-111.
- (2013). South Africa’s service-delivery crisis: From contextual understanding to diaconal response. HTS Theological Studies 69(2), Art. #1996, 16 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/hts.v69i2.1996.
- With Amanda Gouws, Per Pettersson, Johannes Erasmus and Frouwien Bosman (2012). Welfare, Religion and Gender in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Constructing a South-North Dialogue. Stellenbosch: SUN Press in Collaboration with the Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre. ISBN 978-1-920338-68-8.
- With Edward Orsmond (2010). Positioning a research agenda on the social economy: The new capitalist expansion and its impact on worker conditions in a changing South African agricultural setting. International Journal of Social Economics 37(12):900-922.
- With Hermann Rocher, Sulina Green and Johannes Erasmus (2010). Religion and Social Development in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Perspectives for Critical Engagement. Stellenbosch: SUN Press. ISBN 978-1-920338-31-2.
- (2008). Meeting the challenge of poverty and exclusion: The emerging field of development research in South African practical theology. International Journal of Practical Theology 12(1): 104-149.
- (2006). The Churches and the Development Debate: Perspectives on a Fourth Generation Approach. Stellenbosch: SUN Press. ISBN 1-92019-10-2.
- (2006). Churches as a stock of social capital for promoting social development in Western Cape communities. Journal of Religion in Africa 36(3/4):346-378.
- Member of the editorial team of Diaconia: Journal for the Study of Christian Social Practice (journal published by VandenHoeck and Ruprecht).
- Associate editor, Religion and Theology: A Journal of Contemporary Religious Discourse (journal published by Brill).
Faculty of ArtsQualifications: PhD
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BioDr Tiana is a Senior Lecturer in the Department at UWC and has held this appointment since February 2018. Her field of specialisation is the Old Testament. She obtained her PhD in 2011, with the title “Biblical Hebrew lexicology and cognitive semantics: A study of lexemes of affection”.
Before her appointment at UWC, she was a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church in Pinelands, Cape Town for seven years. She was appointed as a part-time lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch for 13 years, lecturing in the fields of Old Testament (Department of Old and New Testament) and Biblical Hebrew (Department of Ancient Studies). The Bible Society of South Africa also appointed her as a Source Text Specialist for the translation of the Bible for the Deaf.
- 2011. “Biblical Hebrew lexicology and cognitive semantics: A study of lexemes of affection”.
- Old Testament Society of South Africa (OTSSA).
- Southern African Society for Near Eastern Studies (SASNES).
- Joint Conference 2020 Committee.
- Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO).
Faculty of ArtsQualifications: PhD
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BioDr Johnathan is a Senior Lecturer at UWC. His primary research and teaching interests are based at the intersections of Gender Studies and Biblical Studies. More recently, he has developed a broader research interest in how religion both shapes, and is shaped by constructions and deconstructions of gender, race, and sexuality.
He was awarded the DST/NRF Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2016 and the Arts Research Award for Articles in Peer-reviewed Journals by Lecturers and Associate Lecturers in 2018.
- Gendered Ideology and Power in 1 Corinthians. Journal of Early Christian History (JECH) 6.1 (2016) 1-30.
- Paul, the ‘Real’ Man: Constructions and Representations of Masculinity in 1 Corinthians. Journal of Gender and Religion in Africa 23, 2 (2017) 68-94.
- ‘Make the Circle Bigger’: Alternate Discourses of Identity Construction in Black Theologies. Journal for the Study of Religion 30, 2 (2017) 196 – 216.
- ??Antagonism, Ambivalence and Affirmation: Exploring Ecclesial Paradigms for queering the church in South Africa. The National Council of Churches Review (NCC Review), Vol. CXXXVIII No.06 July (2018) 356-366.
- Leaders of Gender and Human Sexuality Subgroup: Elna Mouton, Johnathan Jodamus, Lilly Nortjé-Meyer.
- Member of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), 2008-2019.
- Member of the New Testament Society of Southern Africa (NTSSA), 2012-2019.
- Member of the Unisa Gender Group, 2012-2013.
- Member of Scriptorium Research and Story Telling Research Centre, 2012-2019.
- Member of the Research and Ethics Society at CI, 2014.
- Member of the Society for Theory of Religion and Theology, 2014-2019.
Faculty of ArtsQualifications: Master’s degree in Dogmatics (Cum Laude); BA Honours degree in Theology (Cum Laude); PhD (UWC)
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BioDr Teddy teaches Ecumenical Studies and Social Ethics in the Department at UWC. Drawn towards ecumenical theological considerations of mainstream theological traditions and the contemporary discourses on religious change in Africa, Dr Teddy’s scholarship traverses the fields of Ecumenical Studies, Social Ethics, Decoloniality, African Theology (read Systematic Theology) and the History of Christianity in Africa. He is currently working on a research project on decoloniality and the discourse on the Trinity in African theology. The project investigates the hermeneutical and epistemological assumptions that undergird African theological reflection on the divine.
- Sakupapa, T.C. 2019. Ethno-Regionalism, Politics, and the Role of Religion in Zambia: Changing Ecumenical landscapes in a Christian nation, 2015-2018. Exchange, 48 (2), 105-128.
- Sakupapa, T.C. 2018. The ecumenical movement and development: The case of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), 1963-2000 (Part 1). Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 44 (3), 1-15.
- Sakupapa, T.C. 2018. Ecumenical Ecclesiology in the African Context: Towards a View of the Church as Ubuntu. Scriptura 117 (1), 1-15.
- Conradie, E and Sakupapa, T.C. 2018. Decolonising the doctrine of the Trinity or The Decolonising doctrine of the Trinity. Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 161, 37-53.
- Sakupapa, T.C. 2016. Christianity in Zambia, in Phiri, I.A, Werner, D, Kaunda, C and Owino, K (Eds). Anthology of African Christianity, 758-765. Oxford: Regnum Books.
- Sakupapa, T.C and Nalwamba, K. 2016. Ecology and Fellowship (Koinonia): A Community of Life, in Ayre, C and Conradie, E (Eds). The Church in God’s Household: Protestant Perspectives on Ecclesiology and Ecology, 75-93. Cluster Publications.
- Sakupapa, T.C. 2016. Prophets in the Zambian/African Context: A Survey from an Ecumenical Perspective, in Kroesbergen, H (Ed). Prophecy Today: Reflections from a Southern African Context, 113-128. Christian Literature Fund.
- Sakupapa, T.C. 2013. Local Ecumenism in the Zambian Context, in Conradie, E (Ed). South African Perspectives on Notions and Forms of Ecumenicity. Stellenbosch: Sun Press.
- Sakupapa, T.C. 2012. Spirit and Ecology in the context of African Theology. Scriptura 111 (3), 422-430.
- Member of the Network of Institutions of Higher Ecumenical Theological Education (NIHET) since 2017.
- Member of the African Association for the Study of Religions (AASR).
- Member of the Theological Society of South Africa (TSSA).
- Member of the Southern African Missiological Society (SAMS).
Faculty of ArtsQualifications: BA Honours; Current – Master’s (2019)
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BioClaudene is an Associate Lecturer at UWC, and she is currently busy writing her master’s thesis, which is based at the intersections of Gender Studies and Biblical Studies.
Faculty of ArtsQualifications: DD (Uppsala)
Tel: +27 (21) 959 2210
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BioProf Hans is an Extraordinary Professor in the Department where he teaches Systematic Theology and Church and Society. He has been seconded by the Church of Sweden to this post.
- Sida’s (Swedish International Development Authority) Board for Humanitarian Assistance (Humanberedningen), 1989-’92.
- Nordic-FOCCISA (Forum for Christian Councils of Southern Africa) Joint Committee, 1997-2001.
- Christian Council of Sweden, Executive Committee, 1997-2000.
- The WCC Project on Ethnic Identity, National Identity, and the Unity of the Church, 2001.
Faculty of ArtsQualifications: MPhil (UPE); PhD (UWC)
Tel: +27 (21) 959 2201
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BioDr Miranda (now retired) Senior Lecturer at UWC continues to teach New Testament Studies and Ethics on a part-time basis. She remains affiliated to UWC where her current academic status is that of research fellow. While UWC is her academic home, Miranda’s ‘retired’ status allows her to offer courses at other academic institutions on a freelance basis and also to do consultancy work on gender-justice issues.
She describes herself as a “theo-ethical feminist biblical scholar”, and she continues to research, write, and speak from her experience as a coloured woman of faith living in a post-apartheid South African context. Her sensitivity to the lived-reality of ‘the other’ is reflected in her doctoral thesis, “Re-visioning Stigma: A Socio-rhetorical Reading of Luke 10:25-37 in the context of HIV/AIDS in South Africa”. The study also illuminates her interest in the interface between theology and ethics. She serves on the Theological Advisory Council on Gender-based Violence of the South African Faith and Family Institute (SAFFI), which gives her a platform to explore the interrelatedness between theory and praxis.
Her relationship with this (and other) organisations involves engagement on gender-justice issues from inter-faith and multi-cultural perspectives. Based on insights gained from Feminist Biblical Hermeneutics, Womanist Ethics, and the research and writing done by the Circle of Concerned African Woman Theologians, Dr Miranda’s current research focus is primarily on the impact of skewed gender-power relations – a lived-reality often justified by the ways traditions and religions uphold, defend, maintain, and reinscribe normative patriarchal power.
This focus is also reflected in the many journal articles and book sections she has published nationally and internationally since commencing her academic career in 2001. Before that, she was a primary school teacher with a Standard 8 (Gr 10) school-leaving certificate and a Lower Primary Teacher’s Certificate obtained in 1975. Dr Miranda studied part-time to improve her teacher’s qualifications after doing matric at ‘night school’ in 1989. This, together with the fact that she continues to learn from her engagement with others, makes her the life-long learner she professes to be. As a member of the Anglican Church, Dr Miranda continues to serve the community on parish, Diocesan, and provincial levels in her capacity as a gender-justice activist and theologian.
- Pillay, Miranda N. 2003. Church Discourse on HIV/AID: A Responsible Responsento a Disaster? Scriptura1 (82), 108-121.
- Pillay, Miranda N. 2003. Women in the Church: Solidarity in Suffering in the Context of HIV/AIDS, in Sporre, K and Botman, R (Eds). Building a Human Rights Culture: South African and Swedish Perspectives. Falun: Stralins.
- Pillay, Miranda N. 2005. Luke 7:36-50: See this Woman? Toward a theology of gender equality in the context of HIV and AIDS. Scriptura 2(89), 441-455.
- Pillay, Miranda N. 2006. The Church on Abortion: Moving beyond the pro-life/pro-choice debate: An Anglican View? Journal of Constructive Theology, Vol 12 No. 2 (2006), 65-87.
- Pillay, Miranda N. 2007. Re-reading New Testament texts: a public-theological resource for addressing gender inequality in the context of HIV/AIDS in South Africa, in LD Hansen (Ed). 2007. Christian in Public. Aims, methodologies and issues in public theology. Stellenbosch: Sun Press, pp. 209-225.
- Pillay, M in conversation with Vergnani, T. 2008. Stigma in the context of HIV/AIDS: Towards integrating individual and Societal Intervention Strategies, in De Gruchy, Steve, Koopman, Nico and Strijbos, Sytse (Eds). From Our Side: Emerging Perspectives on Development and Ethics. Amsterdam: Rosenberg Publishers, pp 142-163.
- Pillay, Miranda. 2009. Reproductive Health: Rethinking Sexist Notions of Women's Bodies in the Context of HIV and AIDS. Journal of Constructive Theology Vol 15.2 (2009), pp 41-53.
- Pillay, Miranda. 2009. Women in the Church: Toward Developing Community in the Context of HIV and Aids, in Ezra Chitando and Nontando Hadebe (Eds). Compassionate Circles: African Women Theologians and HIV. Geneva: WCC, 2009, pp 95-114.
- Pillay, Miranda. 2009. Through the Eyes of a Mother: Re-Reading Luke’s Mary as a Resource for Gender Equality in the 21st Century? In Miranda Pillay, Sarojini Nadar and Clint Le Bruyns (Eds). Ragbag Theologies: Essays in Honour of Denise Ackermann – A Feminist Theologian of Praxis. Stellenbosch: Sun Press, pp 219-232.
- Pillay, Miranda. 2011. The Church and the Environment: On being down to earth in a Consumerist era. Scriptura 107, 194-198.
- Pillay, Miranda. 2012. Challenging patriarchal masculinity in Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: A feminist theo-ethical perspective, in L. Juliana M. Claassens and Stella Viljoen (Eds). Sacred Selves: Essays on Gender, Religion and Popular Culture. Cape Town: Griffel, 81-100.
- Pillay, Miranda. 2013. The Anglican Church and Feminism: Challenging ‘the Historic Patriarchy of Our Faith’. Journal of Gender and Religion in Africa Vol. 19, No. 2, 5-22.
- Pillay, Miranda N. 2013. Luke 4:39-9:51: Towards Healing and Repenting of the Historic Patriarchy of the Christian Faith. Published online by “Continuing Indaba: Journeys of Conversation to Strengthen Relationships for Mission” http://continuingindaba.com/2013/09/18/towards-healing-and-repenting-of-the- historic-patriarchy-of-the-Christian-faith/.
- Pillay, Miranda N. 2014. “Igreja, gênero e Aids: o que há de errado com o patriarcado?” (Religion, Gender and AIDS: What’s Wrong with Patriarchy?) In Buttelli, Felipe G.K, Le Bruyns, Clint and von Sinner, Rudolf (Eds). Telogia Pública no Brasil e na África do Sul: Cidadania, Interculturalidade e HIV/AIDS. São Leopoldo: Editora Sinodal, pp 273-286.
- Pillay, Miranda N. 2015. Introduction, Comments and Reflection Questions for 1 Peter, in God’s Justice: The flourishing of Creation and the Destruction of Evil - Holy Bible. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
- Pillay, Miranda N. 2015. Mary, an ordinary Palestinian Peasant woman: Through the Eyes of a Mother, in Snoek, Hans (Ed)., In Love with the Bible and its Ordinary Readers. Indiana: Institute of the Mennonite Studies, 130-139.
- Pillay, M., 2015. Mighty men, mighty families: A pro-family Christian movement to (re)enforce patriarchal control? In Conradie, Ernst M; Pillay, Miranda (Eds). Ecclesial Reform and Deform Movements in the South African Context. Stellenbosch: Sun Media, pp. 61-77.
- Pillay, Miranda N. Good News for All? A Feminist Perspective on the Gospel of Matthew. Scriptura 114, pp1-11.
- Pillay, Miranda N. 2015. The Church, Gender and AIDS: What is wrong with Patriarchy? Missionalia 43:3, pp558-567.
- Pillay, Miranda N. 2017. Women, Priests and the Anglican Church in Southern Africa: Reformation of Holy Hierarchies” Consensus Vol 38, Issue. http://scholars.wlu.ca/consensus/.
- Pillay, Miranda N. The Pressures of our Time: Reflections on Revelation 18 in the light of Patriarchy, Fear and Hope in a post-apartheid South Africa. SBL International.
- Pillay, Miranda N. (Forthcoming). Women, Priests and Patriarchal Ecclesial Spaces in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa: On ‘Interruption’ as a Transformative Rhetorical Strategy. HTS Theological Studies, forthcoming.
- Member: Theological Advisory Council on Gender-based violence: South African Faith and Family Institute (SAFFI).
- Member: Pastoral Care Task Team – Diocese of Saldanha Bay, Anglican Church of Southern Africa.
- Member: New Testament Society of Southern Africa (NTSSA) Member: Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians.
Faculty of ArtsTel: +27 (21) 959 2206
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BioLloyd (Zanna-Rex) was appointed as the Administrative Officer to the Department at the start of January 2019. Zanna comes from a multi-skilled background with specialisation in Events and Administration.
Her admin/events career began at the University of KwaZulu Natal in Westville Durban. She was appointed as the assistant to the Desmond Tutu Centre in 2017, whereafter she joined the Department. Her passion for people, artistic and creative know-how, attention to detail and out-of-the-box lifestyle shapes her work style, productivity, and ethics.
- Academic Admin Representative (Arts Faculty Board) – 2019.