Original Research - Special Collection: Practical Theology

Bishop Paul Verryn’s pastoral response towards unaccompanied refugee minors

Sinenhlanhla S. Chisale
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 2 | a3411 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i2.3411 | © 2016 Sinenhlanhla S. Chisale | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 March 2016 | Published: 28 November 2016

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Sinenhlanhla S. Chisale, College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa, South Africa


Bishop Paul Verryn is a South African Methodist Church liberation theologian known for his concern for human rights and human dignity. In this article, I acknowledge his response to children and youth migrants in practical theology, general mission studies and pastoral care. I conceptualise Bishop Verryn’s response towards Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URMs) and explore how he weaves pastoral care into the mission of the church. The study from which this article draws followed an exploratory design. Data were collected through structured in-depth interviews, informal conversations with Bishop Verryn and observations. Written from a contextual theology perspective, the findings indicate that Bishop Verryn’s pastoral care approach towards URMs is worthy to be developed and recognised as a form of pastoral care and mission work for the broader church’s pastoral ministry towards URMs in Africa and abroad.


Pastoral Care; Unaccompanied Refugee Minors; Bishop Paul Verryn; Contextual Theology.


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