Leading theologians to be at ‘linking prophetic voices’ talks

2010-10-11 00:00

THIS week Pietermaritzburg hosts a gathering of theologians that includes some of the foremost thinkers in the world.

Entitled “Aluta Continua: Linking prophetic voices”, the event is inspired by the 25th anniversary of the South African Kairos Document and the 21st anniversary of the Ujamaa Centre for Community Development and Research in the School and Religion and Theology at UKZN.

The director of the Ujamaa Centre, Professor Gerald West said: “We want to create an opportunity for the many prophetic voices in Africa and elsewhere on the margins of society to connect and support each other in the struggle for justice, liberation and life.

“The struggle does continue, in many contexts all over the world.”

Speakers at the conference include Professor Marc Ellis, Professor of Jewish studies and a liberation theologian from the USA, Dr Naveen Rao, a Dalit theologian from India, Palestinian civil rights activist Ali Zbeibat, and Dr Solomon Zwana, general secretary of the Zimbabwe Council of Churches.

Local speakers include the Muslim scholar, Professor Farid Esack of the University of Johannesburg, well-known Catholic theologian Dr Albert Nolan, the former All-African Conference of Churches, former Cope parliamentary leader Dr Mvume Dandala and Western Cape cleric Dr Allan Boesak.

The former head of the SA Council of Churches and Unisa academic, Dr Tinyiko Maluleke, will chair the opening session of the forum.

The conference will feature talks, panel discussions and round-table discussions.

It is being hosted by the Ujamaa Centre and the Theologians’ Forum, an informal meeting of people who were involved in the prophetic movement in the 1980s.

The week-long gathering starts today. Contact the organiser, Comilla Laban, at comillalaban@gmail.com, 033 260 6296, or visit www.ujamaa.org.za.


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