Original Research - Special Collection: Black Theology Liberation

Responding to the challenge of Black Theology: Liberating Ministry to the White Community – 1988–1990

George J. (Cobus) van Wyngaard
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 1 | a3264 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i1.3264 | © 2016 George J. (Cobus) van Wyngaard | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 November 2015 | Published: 05 August 2016

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George J. (Cobus) van Wyngaard, Department of Philosophy, Practical and Systematic Theology, University of South Africa, South Africa; Faculty of Theology, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, South Africa


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Abstract

This article provides an initial overview of the Institute for Contextual Theology’s 1988–1990 project on A Liberating Ministry to the White Community, particularly exploring the main themes that emerged from national workshops during the 3 years. The project participants set out to think through the questions of a ministry to the white community in dialogue and in solidarity with Black Consciousness and Black Theology and the article seeks to explore the extent to which this initial focus was attended to in the main themes developed. Particular attention is given to how the project developed the notion of the white church as a ‘site of struggle’ and the accompanying social analysis and understanding of the role of prophetic theology.

Keywords

Black Theology; Institute of Contextual Theology; white liberation; apartheid; prophetic theology

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