Jesus in the dumping sites : doing theology in the overlaps of human and material waste

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dc.contributor.author De Beer, Stephan F.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-01-22T07:29:06Z
dc.date.available 2015-01-22T07:29:06Z
dc.date.issued 2014-11
dc.description This article was first read as a paper at the annual meeting of the Practical Theological Society in Pretoria, South Africa, held from 22−24 January 2014. The theme of the meeting was ‘Practical theology in Africa and human waste’. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract Jesus’ option for the poor should be reclaimed in a clear theological and ecclesial option for the dumping sites of our cities and towns. That is the basic proposal of this article. Reflecting upon three different dumping sites – different in size, age and history – this article will explore the central thread of material and human waste, often dealt with almost as synonymous, concentrated and overlapping in these marginal spaces. It will additionally explore the theological and ecclesial challenges, but also possible opportunities, visions and gifts presented by them. The paradoxical (and sometimes toxic) interconnectedness between waste management and sanitised cities will be considered, as well as its relation to mediating or denying human dignity. The stories of Smokey Mountain in Manila, the Zabbaleen community in Mokattam Village, Cairo, and the Hulene Dump in Maputo, will be presented as part of this reflection. They will be read as mirrors to the proliferation of similar dumping sites on the fringes of South African cities. An outline is offered for a theological-ecclesial praxis emerging from the dumping sites, as well as a retrieval of possible contributions from these sites to the broader urban public theological reflection. en_ZA
dc.description.librarian tm2015 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.hts.org.za en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation De Beer, S., 2014, ‘Jesus in the Dumping Sites: Doing theology in the overlaps of human and material waste’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 70(3), Art. #2724, 8 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/hts.v70i3.2724. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v70i3.2724
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/43382
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher OpenJournals Publishing en_ZA
dc.rights © 2014. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS OpenJournals. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Jesus en_ZA
dc.subject Human and material waste en_ZA
dc.subject Theological and ecclesial challenges en_ZA
dc.subject Dumping sites en_ZA
dc.title Jesus in the dumping sites : doing theology in the overlaps of human and material waste en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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