Community Engagement


The Theology and Development Programme engages regularly with various communities and organisations, in formal and informal ways, to deepen its commitment to community engagement

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The Theology and Development Programme at UKZN recognises that not every leader in church and society can benefit from its postgraduate degrees. Some do not have the time, some do not have the finances, and some do not have the academic qualifications. However, many of these leaders are working in communities and organisations where they need theoretical and practical skills for dealing with development issues such as unemployment, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, environmental degradation, etc.

To this end, the Programme offers a range of training opportunities for church and other leaders in the form of ‘continuing education’. It has conducted workshops on appreciative enquiry, asset-based community development, contextual bible study, economic transformation, ethical leadership, participatory democracy, worker rights and industrial action, and many other contextually-relevant questions for church and theology. Various forms of collaboration take place with local and international organisations such as Church of Sweden, Dorcas Church Aid, the Pietermaritzburg Agency for Christian Social Awareness (PACSA), Hope Africa of the Anglican Church in Southern Africa, the KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (KZNCC), and the Ujamaa Centre for Community Development and Research.

For further information, please contact Rev Sthembiso Zwane, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.