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2001, die NG Kerk se Jaar van Hoop. Twintig jaar later: ’n Kerkhistoriese oorsig

Pieter Kruger
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 43, No 1 | a2401 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v43i1.2401 | © 2022 Pieter Kruger | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 October 2021 | Published: 30 March 2022

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Pieter Kruger, Department of Systematic and Historical Theology, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa


2001, the Dutch Reformed Church’s Year of Hope. Twenty years onwards: A church historiographic review. The Dutch Reformed Church (DR Church) proclaimed the Year of Hope in 2001 as part of the church’s response to complex social problems regarding poverty and factors affecting reconciliation and morality within the South African society at that stage. The ultimate objective was to mobilise the church to address these matters through different means, on different levels and within the respective contexts. In this church historiographic article, newspaper articles and official church documents are reviewed to assess the church’s dealing with the Year of Hope and its subsequent effects in the years that followed, on the DR Church’s resolutions, declarations and activities concerning the matters first articulated when introducing the Year of Hope. It is clear that the DR Church has not neglected its social and prophetic responsibilities. In this article, interest is also expressed, particularly in how the theme of hope is superposing matters of poverty, reconciliation and morality. Twenty years had lapsed since the Year of Hope. In this article it is argued that the theme of hope in social and ecclesiastical matters is still acutely relevant, and in the conclusion the idea is introduced of a theology of hope to direct the church in continuing to be a bearer of hope within society.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: Although the focus of this study falls within the field of Church Historiography, the study of the matters concerned, furthers inquiry in relation to Practical Theology and, more specifically, from a public theological perspective.


Year of Hope; 2001; reconciliation; poverty; morality; hope; 2021; theology of hope


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