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Transforming curricula into the next century: Doing theology collaboratively with local communities

Stephanus F. de Beer, Attie S. van Niekerk
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 38, No 4 | a1683 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v38i4.1683 | © 2017 Stephanus F. de Beer, Attie S. van Niekerk | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 August 2016 | Published: 20 December 2017

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Stephanus F. de Beer, Centre for Contextual Ministry, Department of Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology University of Pretoria, South Africa
Attie S. van Niekerk, Centre for Contextual Ministry, Department of Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

The FT at the UP celebrates its first century of existence in 2017. This chapter is an attempt to draw from the emerging approach in both the CCM and the CSC, asking whether it perhaps offers clues for transforming curricula as we enter our second century. The chapter seeks to offer a vision for doing theology collaboratively with communities, in liminal spaces, opening up a transdisciplinary approach to theological engagement. In its engagement with local and struggling contexts, subverting the conventional suburban classroom spaces and hierarchies of knowledge alike, it opens itself up for the ongoing transformation of both theology and the theological curriculum as well as for the transformation of local communities. It presents the possibility of doing theology at a public university in a way that could have direct and hopefully liberating and life-giving impact in a deeply unequal society, mediating multiple households of freedom.

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Curricula; theology; local communities

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