Original Research - Special Collection: Theology disrupted - doing theology with children in African contexts

Theology disrupted by the challenge of refugee children

Johannes Kritzinger, Martin Mande
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 1 | a3546 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i1.3546 | © 2016 Johannes Kritzinger, Martin Mande | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 June 2016 | Published: 30 November 2016

About the author(s)

Johannes Kritzinger, Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology, University of South Africa, South Africa
Martin Mande, Xaveri South Africa, South Africa


This article focuses on the plight of refugee children and families and takes the form of a dialogue between an academic theologian and a community activist who works for an organisation assisting refugees in Tshwane. This article is structured according to a sixdimensional ‘pastoral cycle’ that explores agency, contextual understanding, ecclesial scrutiny, interpreting the tradition, discernment for action and spirituality. In each section the views of the two authors are juxtaposed, rather than merged into a single voice. This article concludes with a reflection on the method followed.


Refugees; Children; Child Theology; Christology; Xenophobia; Encounterology


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