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A centre for community life in its fullness

Attie van Niekerk

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 36, No 3 (2015), 7 pages. doi: 10.4102/ve.v36i3.1448

Submitted: 11 March 2015
Published:  09 September 2015


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.

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Attie van Niekerk, Department of Science of Religion and Missiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa



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