This article considers some theological reasons why there is a Centre for Sustainable
Communities at the Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria. The role of the Centre
is discussed within the global and local search for sustainability; the world-wide trend
in churches towards a missional approach, which emphasises the church’s life-giving
role in all areas of life, and the theological reflection on the relationship between the
church community and the civil community, so reflecting on the role of the local church
to promote life in its fullness in the community. The Centre for Sustainable Communities
(Centre) was established at the Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, in 2014. The
Centre is intended to develop resources for local congregations to promote life in its
fullness in local communities in southern Africa in an effective and meaningful way. In
this article attention is given to the theological reasons for its establishment and where it
is being positioned in the wider field of sustainability institutions. Attention will be given
to the following:
• The position of the Centre in the global search for sustainability.
• Life in its fullness in the emerging 21st century missional paradigm.
• The Christian community as agent of life in its fullness in the civil community.
This article represents a
theological reflection on the
Faculty Research Theme (FRT)
of the Faculty of Theology,
University of Pretoria, entitled
Ecodomy - Life in its fullness.
The theme is portrayed from
the perspective of various
A conference on this theme
was held on 27–28 October