This article can serve as an overview of the work of Yolanda Dreyer, or as an introduction to
her work, by conversing with her as a public theologian in the tradition of Schleiermacher.
The article highlights her passion to listen to the voices that are normally ignored or to hear
what needs to be heard to transform discourses. It investigates the contribution of Yolanda
Dreyer to public theology with regard to the newspaper columns she has been writing for
more than 17 years. It compares aspects of her public theology with the theology of Friedrich
Schleiermacher, which can be characterised by an internalised spirituality and a critical
hermeneutic of suspicion towards the abuse of power. Gender injustice and cultural criticism
are prominent themes within Dreyer’s public theology. She emphasises the vocation to speak
out, but also the necessity to listen. These contributions also characterise Dreyer as a pastortheologian.
This article honours Professor Yolanda Dreyer as a public
theologian and is based on selected items of her contributions
in the column ‘Religion in actuality’ (Godsdiens aktueel),
published in the daily newspaper Beeld during the period