Original Research

Interracial conflict and cultural division in Moreleta circuit: A quest for developing an inclusive missional church

Thozamile A. Fuku, Malan Nel, Stephan de Beer
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 80, No 1 | a9565 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v80i1.9565 | © 2024 Thozamile A. Fuku, Malan Nel, Stephan de Beer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 November 2023 | Published: 02 July 2024

About the author(s)

Thozamile A. Fuku, Department of Practical Theology and Mission, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Malan Nel, Department of Practical Theology and Mission, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Stephan de Beer, Department of Practical Theology and Mission, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Abstract

Interracial conflict and cultural divisions have been a serious challenge in the church globally. Through the years there has been vast available literature about the phenomenon as it happens and this study will specifically explore it in the Methodist church at the Moreleta circuit in the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, South Africa. This article seeks to explore factors affecting developing an inclusive missional church. It aims to contribute to research in this area and suggests developing an inclusive missional church. It is presented as a qualitative study conducted in the churches of the circuit based on semi-structured interviews with some church leaders and pastors in the circuit. The study reveals some factors of interracial conflict and cultural divisions that contributed to the article. It shows that there are various factors affecting developing an inclusive missional in the above-mentioned circuit. This results in a generally unsatisfactory level of relationships.

Contribution: This article aims to contribute to research in the practice of developing an inclusive missional church in the Methodist church at Moreleta circuit. It hopes to also contribute to the Methodist church of Southern Africa as a whole.


Keywords

conflict; division; culture; race; socio-economic; language; political; missional; inclusive; church

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

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