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A travel journal of pastoral involvement in a South African multi-faith community

Jan-Albert van den Berg, Arnold Smit
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 62, No 3 | a377 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v62i3.377 | © 2006 Jan-Albert van den Berg, Arnold Smit | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 September 2006 | Published: 28 September 2006

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Jan-Albert van den Berg, University of the Free State, South Africa
Arnold Smit, University of the Free State, South Africa

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Abstract

In the article the process of navigating through multi-faith communities is described as often being complicated by well-travelled routes that offer no new prospects. Usually these routes merely lead to a further erosion of existing problem areas. The consequences of large transformations in South Africa have led to the discovery that those who were able to place themselves theologically with ease are now seekers with an unknown destination who experience their existence as pilgrimage. From a narrative hermeneutical practical stance the authors developed an experimental theology within which continuous dialogue between text and contexts is presupposed. Certain markers, amongst others “Listening to each other’s stories”; “Confirming each other in the conversation(s”); “A new structure for conversation(s)”; and “Questioning the own position” are indicated for the journey through multi-faith communities, leading to the finding and creating of new horizons of understanding.

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