Steve de Gruchy

Reflections On Themes In Theology And Development

Over the past years Steve de Gruchy has been writing a regular column for Inside Out, the magazine of the Council for World Mission. Here you can access these short reflective articles (in PDF format) to gain a sense of the approach taken by the programme. 

  1. Is development really worth it? Click here
  2. A spirituality for development. Click here
  3. A spirituality of development. Click here
  4. A spirituality in development. Click here
  5. The gifts the church brings to develoment. Click here
  6. Eight steps for churches dealing with AIDS. Click here
  7. Women, gender and development. Click here
  8. What do we want to sustain? Click here
  9. Introducing Asset Based Community Development. Click here
  10. Rethinking economic orthodoxy. Click here
  11. The Church as a community asset. Click here
  12. Give us this day our daily bread. Click here
  13. Hunger, famines and common sense. Click here
  14. Food security and GMOs. Click here
  15. Identity and agency. Click here
  16. Thinking about North and South. Click here
  17. Introducing sustainable livelihoods. Click here
  18. The media and struggles for life. Click here
  19. Defining poverty. Click here
  20. Forced migrants and refugees. Click here
  21. From charity to change. Click here
  22. Linking health and poverty. Click here
  23. God's household and God's economy. Click here
  24. Household economics from God's perspective. Click here
  25. Water, life's foundation. Click here
  26. Water, God's gift. Click here
  27. Water, divine symbol. Click here

Theology and Development Staff



Dr Clint Le Bruyns

Director, Theology and Development Programme

Senior Lecturer in Theology and Development

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Dr Clint Le Bruyns is Director and Senior Lecturer in Theology and Development within the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Having conducted studies at Cornerstone Christian College, University of South Africa, University of the Western Cape, Fuller Theological Seminary and Stellenbosch University, Dr Le Bruyns has served in various institutions including Pat Kelly Bible College, Cornerstone Christian College, Stellenbosch University and Eastern University.

His major areas of expertise revolve around public theology, economic ethics, ethical leadership, and the role of the churches in development discourse and practice. In addition to the publication of many popular and scholarly articles, he co-edited two books: The Humanization of Globalization (Germany, 2008) and Ragbag Theologies (South Africa, 2009). He is an active member within various professional theological and ethics societies, as well as on the editorial board of the International Journal of Public Theology and Soma: An International Journal of Theological Discourses and Counter-Discourses.

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Prof Beverley Haddad

Associate Professor in Theology and Development

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Prof Beverley Haddad is Associate Professor in the Theology and Development Programme within the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics, University of KwaZulu-Natal. She has worked in the field of the church and development since 1990, both as a researcher and as an ordained priest in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. She is the Director of the Collaborative for HIV and AIDS, Religion and Theology (CHART). Her interest in the intersection of religion and the HIV epidemic began during her doctoral research in Vulindlela, outside Pietermaritzburg, during the mid-1990s.

In 2003, she obtained a post-doctoral fellowship from the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA). She has published many journal articles on the subject and recently edited the landmark publication, Religion and HIV and AIDS: Charting the Terrain, published by UKZN Press. As a member of the Concerned African Women Theologians, she has co-edited a book titled, African women, HIV/AIDS, and faith communities and also published many journal articles on gender, faith and the church.


Rev Sthembiso Zwane

Lecturer in Theology and Development

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Rev Sithembiso Zwane is a lecturer with a focus on Community Engagement in the Theology and Development Programme within the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is an ordained minister in the African Independent Church (AICs), and a Coordinator of the Theology and Economic Justice Programme in the Ujamaa Centre for Community Development and Research.

Rev Zwane has taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the University of KwaZulu-Natal for the past six years in the area of industrial mission and theology and development. His research interest is in the area of unemployment, casualisation, decent work, and biblical and theological praxis. Rev Zwane has worked on a research project for his master’s degree entitled “A theology of Decent Work: reflections from casual workers in the N D J Ethiopian Catholic Church in Zion, 2012." He has also co-authored an article with Prof GO West entitled “Why are you sitting there doing nothing? A socio-economic reading of Matthew 20:1-15 with casual workers in Pietermaritzburg, 2010."


Ms Annalize Gilfillan

Theology and Development Administrator

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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.

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The vision of the Theology and Development Programme is the increased capacity of Christian leadership in Africa to reflect on and be engaged in social transformation for the public good.

The Theology and Development Programme is located within the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) on the Pietermaritzburg campus. Established in the mid-1990s, it offers an exciting Postgraduate programme that draws students from around the world, but especially throughout the African continent, to reflect on issues of social transformation from a Christian theological perspective.

During the past 20 years almost 300 leaders active in the church, academy and society have graduated with a BTh (Hons), MTh or PhD degree. Past and current students hail from a variety of nations including Angola, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Democratic Republic of Congo, Germany, Ghana, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, South Korea, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom, USA, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The Programme introduces students to a range of issues concerning development discourse and practice, and encourages them to adopt a critical, prophetic theological approach to these issues that can potentially advance responsible social transformation. Lectures, seminars, workshops, discussions and research engage with an impressive array of themes such as: advocacy and agency, biotechnology, climate change, conflict and war, contextual bible study, corruption, critical development theories, debt, displacement, domestic violence, economic justice, environmental citizenship, ethical leadership, faith and spirituality, food security / sovereignty, freedom, gender justice, globalisation, health, HIV/AIDS, human dignity, human rights, identity and culture, indigenous knowledge, international aid, land, mission, participatory development, pedagogical liberation, poverty alleviation / eradication / reduction, religious assets, resistance and power, responsible citizenship, sustainable livelihoods, peace, work and labour, and various other contextually relevant topics.

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