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The emergence of the Black Methodist Consultation and its possible prophetic voice in post-apartheid South Africa

Ndikho Mtshiselwa
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 71, No 3 | a2897 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i3.2897 | © 2015 Ndikho Mtshiselwa | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 January 2015 | Published: 04 June 2015

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Ndikho Mtshiselwa, Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies, University of South Africa, South Africa

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Racism is an issue which the activism of the Black Methodist Consultation (BMC) was set to address during the South African apartheid rule, a view which black theologians and church historians generally accept. This observation brought to mind, in turn, the influence that the Black Consciousness philosophy and the black theology of liberation had on the establishment of the BMC. Recounting such an influence, this article provides a reflection on the formation of the BMC in 1975. In such a reflection, the hypothesis is that the prophetic voice of the BMC is crucial in post-apartheid South Africa. Firstly, the interconnectedness of the Black Consciousness philosophy, the black theology of liberation and the BMC is highlighted. Secondly, the article proceeds to navigate the possible prophetic voice of the BMC in post- apartheid South Africa. In the end, this article sees the BMC as a crucial interlocutor of liberation in present South Africa.


Black Methodist Consultation; black theology of liberation; black consciousness; South Africa; post-apartheid


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