Change-making in a (post)apartheid city : an auto-ethnographical essay

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dc.contributor.author De Beer, Stephan F.
dc.contributor.author De Beer, Wilna
dc.date.accessioned 2019-10-07T13:30:31Z
dc.date.available 2019-10-07T13:30:31Z
dc.date.issued 2018-11
dc.description This research is part of the Special Collection, ‘Change agency in a 21st-century South Africa’, and is part of the research project, ‘Faith in the City’, directed by Dr Stephan de Beer, member of the Department of Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology and Religion and director of the Centre for Contextual Ministry, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, South Africa. en_ZA
dc.description This article was informed by the journey of the TLF, an ecumenical community organisation in Pretoria’s inner city, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract We reflect on living and doing ministry in a (post)apartheid South African city, negotiating ongoing demographic and sociopolitical transitions and discerning appropriate faith responses. We speak about the inevitability of these transitions, but then suggest that a view of theology and ministry as change-making is not inevitable but a vocation and art to be acknowledged, embraced and fostered. We argue for an epistemology from below or within, drawing from Parker Palmer’s notion of knowing as loving – in community – and reflecting on his idea that ‘to know’ is ‘to be known’. In stressing the importance of reading the city, we show how reading the city means to be read by the city too. It is in the journeys of ongoing self-awareness, and personal confrontation, change and conversion – in relation to issues of gender, race, location and class – that transformational urban imaginaries can be birthed. Finally, we reflect on urban change-making as a process of personal, communal, institutional and systemic transformation, happening on many different levels at the same time, through creating conditions and spaces for change to occur. It is an ongoing call for deepening our journeys in response to the overwhelming groans, of humanity and creation alike, for Gods’ urban shalom. en_ZA
dc.description.department Centre for Contextual Ministry en_ZA
dc.description.department Practical Theology en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2019 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.hts.org.za en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation De Beer, S.F. & De Beer, W., 2018, ‘Change-making in a (post)apartheid city: An auto-ethnographical essay’, HTS Teologiese Studies/ Theological Studies 74(3), a4986. https://DOI.org/10.4102/hts.v74i3.4986. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v74i3.4986
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/71597
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS Open Journals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2018. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Ministry en_ZA
dc.subject Transitions en_ZA
dc.subject Postapartheid South Africa en_ZA
dc.title Change-making in a (post)apartheid city : an auto-ethnographical essay en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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