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Violence as development? A challenge to the church

Christina Landman
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 32, No 2 | a577 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v32i2.577 | © 2011 Christina Landman | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 July 2011 | Published: 25 November 2011

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Dullstroom-Emnotweni was the site of protests against the lack of service delivery by local government in 2009. The local leadership of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa was confronted with challenges when its members got involved in acts of violence both from the side of the community and from the side of the police. Viewing itself as an asset to the community and an agent in its development towards health and wellbeing, the church was challenged by the situation in its prophetic capacity as well as in its relationship with the


relationship church-state; violence; prophetic voice; Calvin; African women theologians


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