Original Research - Special Collection: Youth marginalisation as a faith-based concern

Moving from faith-based concerns to demarginalising youths through the Circle of Courage

Jacques Beukes, Marichen van der Westhuizen
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 74, No 3 | a5013 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i3.5013 | © 2018 Jacques Beukes, Marichen Van der Westhuizen, Marichen Van der Westhuizen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 April 2018 | Published: 09 October 2018

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Jacques Beukes, Programme for Theology and Ministry, Hugenote College, South Africa; and, Department Practical Theology and Missiology, Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Marichen van der Westhuizen, Department Practical Theology and Missiology, Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa; and, Department Social Reformation, Hugenote College, South Africa


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Abstract

Although the demarginalisation of youths is an international concern, South African youths are viewed by various scholars and policy documents as a particularly vulnerable and marginalised group. It becomes essential to understand what characterises their marginalisation in order to find innovative ways to work towards their demarginalisation. In this article we reflect on current faith-based concerns and compare this with the specific characteristics of the marginalisation of young people. In an effort to contribute to the development of a strategy towards demarginalisation, we will explore the key features of the Circle of Courage in terms of the principles of belonging, mastery, independence and generosity. We will further propose the inclusion of Ubuntu principles in the practical application of the Circle of Courage for churches and faith-based organisations in demarginalising youth in the South African context.

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Youth; Demarginalisation; Circle of Courage; Ubuntu

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