Theological Society reflects on Grace, Race and Space

Wednesday 18 June 2008

15:00-16:00

Registration

16:00-16:30

Opening and welcome

Ernst Conradie (TSSA)

16:30-17:30

Plenary 1

Ernst Conradie, UWC

A theology of place: Some observations from the perspective of ecotheology

18:00-19:00

Supper

19:00-20:00

Plenary 2

Lyn Holness, UCT

Mary’s womb as the “space within our space for the gestating Son of God”

Thursday 19 June 2008

8:00-8:30

Devotion

College of Transfiguration staff and students

8:30-9:30

Plenary 3

Sophia Chirongoma, UKZN

Seeking a sanctuary: An analysis of the challenges faced by Zimbabwean Christian migrants in South Africa

9:30-10:30

Parallel 1 A

Leslie van Rooi, Stellenbosch

Eucharist, Identity and Boundaries: The Locality and Universality of the Church on the fringes of the Kalahari Desert [Focus on an ecclesiology of grace and place]

Parallel 1 B

Seth Naicker, Bethel University

Towards a Contextual Black Liberation Theology [Focus on race, culture and identity]

Parallel 1 C

Wessel Bentley, John Wesley Theological Seminary #

“Is there a building?” – Should the church be a haven for refugees? [Focus on place and social conflict]

Parallel 1 E1

Tony Moodie, TEE College

Recovering the centre – A critique of notions of spatiality and locality in theology [Theological / ethical reflections on place]

10:30-11:00

Tea

11:00-12:00

Parallel 2 C1

Robert Vosloo, Stellenbosch University

The Displaced Calvin: The impact of the refugee reality on Calvin’s theology and the reception thereof in South Africa [Focus on place and social conflict]

Parallel 2 C2

Steve Martin

Civic Sacrament and Social Imaginaries in Transition: Revisiting the South African Churches and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission After Ten Years

Parallel 2 D

Andrew E. Warmback, UKZN

Eco-congregations: Doing theology locally [Focus on land and ecology]

Parallel 2 E1

Willis Jenkins, Yale Divinity School

Global and Local: The Problem of Place for Christ­ian Ethics [Theological / ethical reflections on place]

Parallel 2 E2

Neville Richardson (John Wesley College) & Simanga Kumalo (UKZN)

Reflections on the legacy of Seth Mokitimi for theological education [other topics]

12:00-13:00

Plenary 3

Rudolf von Sinner, Escola Superior de Teologia, São Leopoldo

Towards a Theology of Citizenship as Public Theology in Brazil

13:00-14:00

Lunch

14:30-15:30

Parallel 3 A

Jaco Kruger, Religious Studies, Unisa

Giving place – the implications of a thoroughly liturgical notion of space and time [Focus on an ecclesiology of grace and place]

Parallel 3 C1

Kenneth Mtata, UKZN #

Towards a construction of theologies of land as shared spaces in South Africa: Zimbabwe as a case [Focus on place and social conflict]

Parallel 3 C2

Katrin Kusmierz, University of Basel

A Space Odyssey: Topologies of the Public Sphere [Focus on place and social conflict]

Parallel 3 D

Christo Lombard, UWC

Theology as the philosophy of place

Parallel 3 E

Clint Le Bruyns, Stellenbosch University

Stewardship in public life? Critics, Challenges, Contours [Other topics]

15:30-16:00

Tea

16:00-17:00

Parallel 4 A

Paul Kruger, Mukhanyo Theological College

The Eucharist as a “thin place in the performing of real presences in Africa today [Focus on an ecclesiology of grace and place]

Parallel 4 C1

Piet Naude, NMMUs

Should there be differential treatment (grace) for people (race) from poor countries (space)? Joseph Stiglitz’s proposals for fair international trade [Focus on place and social conflict]

Parallel 4C2

Roberto Zwetsch, Faculdades EST, São Leopoldo

Place and Space: the Struggle of the Poor for Citizenship and Dignity in Brazil from a Theological Point of View

Parallel 4 E1

Steve de Gruchy, UKZN #

Space as context, process and task: reflections on the book, From our side [Theological / ethical reflections on place]

Parallel 4 E2

Godwin Akper, Stellenbosch

The place of Africa in Contemporary Theological Hermeneutics [Other topics]

17:15-18:30

Business Meeting

18:30-

Supper

Friday 20 June 2008

8:00-8:30

Devotion

College of Transfiguration staff and students

8:30-9:30

Parallel 5 A

Elize Julius, Stellenbosch

The issue of identity within the Piketberg eccle­sio­logical narrative: A case study on (re)unification [Focus on an ecclesiology of grace and place]

Parallel 5 B

Mark Malisa, University of Wisconsin & Sophia Chirongoma, UKZN

Visible and Invisible Borders: Malcolm X and the challenges of localized theologies [Focus on race, culture and identity]

Parallel 5 C

Gift Masengwe, UKZN

The “Mutiusinazita” state: a theological response to misplaced nationalism [Focus on place and social conflict]

Parallel 5 D

Anthony Egan, Jesuit Institute, SA

Land Reform, Stewardship and the Common Good [Focus on land and ecology]

Parallel 5 E

Mfazo Madondo, UKZN

An emerging form of the church? Volunteers in HIV and AIDS work as a religious health asset [Other topics]

9:30-10:30

Parallel 6 A

Caroline Tuckey, TEEC

Engagement in a community of faith as a means of moral formation in theological education [Focus on an ecclesiology of grace and place]

Parallel 6 B

Lilian Dube, University of San Francisco

African Art, Migration and Theology of Place: Creating Safe Spaces [Focus on race, culture and identity]

Parallel 6 C

Jeremy Wyngaard, Stellenbosch #

The healing space of the kingdom in the infirm space of humanity: Churches responding to brokenness in violence-stricken communities [Focus on place and social conflict]

Parallel 6 D

David Williams, Fort Hare

“Here we have no lasting city” (Heb 13:14): a kenotic attitude to land possession [Focus on land and ecology]

Parallel 6 E

Sytse Strijbos and Willem Ellis (IIDE)

IIDE as a ‘space’ for doing reflection around what it means to do development from a Christian ethics perspective [Ethical reflections on place]

10:30-11:00

Tea

11:00-12:00

Plenary 5

Anthony Balcomb, UKZN #

Re-enchanting the Universe, rediscovering the numinous – postmodern projects in theologies of space

12:00-12:15

Conclusion

Administrative matters

Venue:

College of the Transfiguration, Worcester Street, Grahamstown

Registration and conference fees:

Any interested persons, including post-graduate students, pastors and other non-members, are most welcome to attend the conference.

Conference fees: R275. Reduced rate for registered students: R175. Fee per day: R110. Fees include lunch (Wednesday, Thursday & Friday), dinner (Wednesday and Thursday) and teas.

Conference fees are payable at registration. Cheques should be made payable to ‘The College of the Transfiguration. You are kindly requested to inform Janet Trisk <Janet@imaginet.co.za> of your intention to attend the conference by Friday 30 May 2008 since this will assist our hosts for planning and catering purposes.

Accommodation:

There is accommodation available on the campus of The College of the Transfiguration. There are 25 single rooms (communal bathrooms): R100 per person per night (including breakfast). For Bed and Breakfast options please see the list attached.

Membership:

Members are reminded that they should pay the annual membership fees of R200 with registration at the conference.

Transport:

The hosts at The College of the Transfiguration are willing to arrange a mini-bus trip (for 6 passengers) providing transport from the Port Elizabeth airport to the college and back at a price of R50 (per trip). The minibus will depart from the domestic arrivals terminal at 14h30 on Wednesday 18 June and at 14h00 on Friday 20 June from the college. If you wish to make use of such transport, please arrange your flights accordingly and contact the college in order to reserve a place.

There is also a shuttle service called “JC Shuttle” which can be contacted at 083 590 2169.

Contact Details

On the programme: Ernst Conradie, Dept of Religion and Theology, UWC, Private Bag X17, Bellville, 7535, Tel 021 – 959 2206, E-mail: <econradie@uwc.ac.za>;

On practical matters: Janet Trisk <janet@imaginet.co.za > College of the Transfiguration 046 622 3332

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