Armoede : ’n uitdaging aan die Afrikaanse gereformeerde kerke (1994–2019)

Show simple item record Van der Merwe, J.M. (Johan Matthys) 2021-09-17T13:55:46Z 2021-09-17T13:55:46Z 2020
dc.description.abstract This contribution gives an overview of how four of the important reformed churches in South Africa responded to the challenge of poverty from 1994 to 2019. Following an introduction, the first part of the chapter defines poverty and describes the extent of the crisis. It then gives an overview of how the Dutch Reformed Church responded by imbedding compassion into the missional calling of the church. It also describes how early childhood development became the focus of the church in the struggle against poverty. The chapter then describes how the Uniting Reformed Church of Southern Africa was guided in her action by the Belhar Confession. The church integrated the struggle against poverty with the struggle of justice and reconciliation in a post-apartheid South Africa. The focus of the reformed churches in South Africa in addressing poverty was the role of the deacons in the local church. Education is also an important part of their fight against poverty. The Dutch Reformed Church of Africa rose to the challenge by making important structural changes in the church after 1995. This led to the empowerment of deacons in local churches through which the church addressed the poverty of members. The research shows in conclusion how the four churches used different routes to respond to the challenge of poverty in South Africa over the past 25 years. en_ZA
dc.description.department Church History and Church Policy en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2021 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Van der Merwe, J 2020, 'Armoede : ’n uitdaging aan die Afrikaanse gereformeerde kerke (1994–2019)', Stellenbosch Theological Journal', vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 301-324. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2413-9459 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2413-9467 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.17570/stj.2020.v6n.a11
dc.language.iso Afrikaans en_ZA
dc.publisher Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology en_ZA
dc.rights © 2020 Pieter de Waal Neethling Trust, Stellenbosch. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Armoede en_ZA
dc.subject Geregtigheid en_ZA
dc.subject Versoening en_ZA
dc.subject Onderwys en_ZA
dc.subject Werkloosheid en_ZA
dc.subject Maatskaplike ontwikkeling en_ZA
dc.subject Afrikaanse gereformeerde kerke en_ZA
dc.title Armoede : ’n uitdaging aan die Afrikaanse gereformeerde kerke (1994–2019) en_ZA
dc.title.alternative Poverty : a challenge for the Afrikaans reformed churches, 1994-2019 en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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