Presentations Worship Conference

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Information and Power Point Presentations

During the two-day conference, hosted by Communitas, Ekklesia (Stellenbosch University), and
the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (Grand Rapids, USA) several South African and international theologians presented papers. The purpose was to explore the relationship between Christian worship and the life and witness of the Church.

You will find some of the presentations below:

Retraite vir diens-beroepe

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Courage and Renewal Retreat

WHAT to expect?

  • A time of reflection and community
  • A first hand experience of some of the concepts and methods described by Parker Palmer in his book Hidden Wholeness.
  • A rich sharing of the wisdom of the work by the co-founders of the Centre of Courage and Renewal, Marcy and Rick Jackson
  • Possible Skype conversation with Parker Palmer
  • Skilled facilitators help create a safe, quiet, and disciplined space—a Circle of Trust—in which the noise within us and around us can subside, where introspection becomes possible. In large group, small group, and solitary settings, you will explore the intersection of your personal and professional lives, making use of stories from your own journeys, and insights from poets, storytellers, and various wisdom traditions.

LW gaan na vir meer informasie asook om in te skryf

of kontak Adrimarie


Nuwe baadjie vir VBO Programboekie!

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VBO Program


Dit is nou net meer as tien jaar dat die A-Z beleid vir predikante goedgekeur is, en daar was doemprofete wat gesê het dat dit nie gaan werk nie.

As ons egter nou na statistieke kyk (Sien die diagram in die voorwoord op p6!) kan ons sien daar is ʼn sterk VBO kultuur onder ons gevestig.

Hierdie jaar het ons probeer om ʼn kursusprogram saam te stel wat die uitdagings van ons tyd aanspreek, en wat predikante en gemeenteleiers bemagtig in hulle leierskap in ons gemeentes.

Ons het 4 kategorieë geskep om makliker keuses te kan maak waarvoor om in te skryf. Ons beveel aan dat deelnemers probeer om een kursus uit elk van die afdelings te kies.

Dit is duidelik dat ons al hoe meer hou by ons ooreenkoms dat ons leerbare predikante sal wees wat voortdurend leer wat die uitdagings van ons tyd is. Wat geloofsonderskeidend na die uitdagings kan kyk, besluite kan neem wat belyn is met God se sending in die wêreld, en in staat is om gemeentes te begelei om die nuwe verbintenisse te beliggaam.  Dit is vir VBO ʼn voorreg om te help om aan hierdie verbintenisse uitdrukking te gee.

Ons wil ook ons lidmate al hoe meer toerus en bemagtig, en daarom is lidmate welkom om in te skryf vir die grootste meerderheid van die kursusse.

Om die boekie af te laai (dit is ongeveer 4mb), kliek hier: VBO-Programboekie 2019.

Vir meer inligting, kontak ons gerus by die VBO-kantoor: Wilma


MTH in Praktiese Teologie

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Met ‘n spesifieke fokus op Kontekstuele Pastorale Sorg en Berading

2019 – 2020


Die Fakulteit Teologie, Universiteit Stellenbosch, bied ‘n tweejarige navorsings MTh in Praktiese Teologie aan (kontekstuele pastorale sorg). Die doel van die magister is om studente te help om kontekstuele pastorale kennis en vaardighede te ontwikkel deur die integrasie van teorie en praktyk. Lees hier:  MTh2019

Winter School 2018: Reflections, Presentations and Video clips

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Winter School 2018



Dion Forster wrote on June 5 at 9:10amInstagram

“The focus of the winter school will be on rediscovering the power of the gospel concerning justice, reconciliation and unity with specific reference to the South African context. Especially the three keynote addresses will underscore the inter relatedness of these themes as well as the sacrifices and radical action needed from societal structures, institutions and individuals to create a society that embody these ideals.
The three focal areas of reconciliation, justice and unity are not only key values of the gospel but also vital issues in our South African society. A renewed and deepened process of reconciliation is the only remedy for the still rampant racism we experience; a deeper understanding of justice will help us to tackle the issues of inequality and poverty.”
Every morning started with a devotion session led by ministers from different faith communities:
Day 1 (5 June) Stephen Pedro, Minister in Synodical Service for Witness, from the Uniting Reformed Church in South Africa (URCSA), led the devotion session by building it around a song “Christ be Our Light”. He said that the theme of this winter school was deliberate: Justice, reconciliation and unity “… because there cannot be true peace if justice is absent.” His scripture reading was from Ephesians 4:1-4.
On 6 June Anriëtte de Ridder, Minister in Synodical Service for Youth and Family Ministry, from the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) talked about Stories of Togetherness, using smells triggering things one remember, and sharing it. She used the story in Luke 5 about Jesus eating with Levi. She concluded: “….it is in the making of the fire, together; the cooking of the food, together; the eating of the meal, together; the laughing together; the differing in opinion, together; the sharing of experiences, that unity is born, relationships are restored, and justice is re-imagined. It is then that unity, justice and reconciliation happens in the heart, rather than in the mind.”
On 7 June Stephen Snyman, pastor in the Calvyn Protestant Church, led the delegates in praise and worship with his guitar and singing, and then talked about Zacchaeus in the tree. He concluded: “South Africans stands to lose such a lot. But we are also on the brink of gaining such a lot. May God help us to revive the spirit of Ububtu that has been captured, because reconciliation wants us to be real… reconciliation must be re-covered … re-embraced, so that we can live fully in South Africa – for God’s glory.”

Every day a plenary session with a keynote speaker on the main theme of the Winter School took place:

5 June: On Justice: Eleanor du Plooy, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation
6 June: On Reconciliation: Wilhelm Verwoerd, Beyers Naudé Centre for Public Theology
7 June: On Unity: Reggie Nel, Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University

After the keynote session, the programme broke into the morning parallel sessions with the following broad themes (delegates could choose one theme presented over 3 days):
P1: Biblical perspectives on Justice, Reconciliation and Unity
P2: Restitution, Reconciliation and Unity
P3: Justice and Decolonisation
P4: A generation seeking Justice
After lunch, the programme again broke into afternoon parallel sessions – delegates could choose one session on Tuesday and one session on Wednesday.

Jan van Zyl, minister DRC Moedergemeente Stellenbosch wrote beforehand about the RECONCILIATION LUNCH in the programme:
The Reconciliation Lunch has been held in Kayamandi, Stellenbosch for the past five years. Currently it is held at the Legacy Centre in Kayamandi every second Wednesday. From thirty to fifty people gather around the table at these lunches, and every person is served bread, a warm meal, salads, fruit and cold drinks. It is a table that brings people together from all different walks of life to share hearts, to learn and to grow together.
The Reconciliation Lunch creates a space where hearts connect and strangers become family.
While we eat, we share stories from our own lives about a particular topic, chosen by the facilitator who mediates the conversation for that day.This year 20 participants of the Winter School had the opportunity to join the Reconciliation Lunch on Wednesday 6 June.

To see the feed-back given by Audrey van Wyk about the Reconcilliation Lunch on YouTube, go to: 
Craig Bailie have put some of his reflections on the Winter School in writing. He writes: “Obviously, my experience includes only the parallel sessions that I attended. I send it to you in the event that Faculty may wish to publish something…” Click here tor read his well-written reflections: Bailie WakeUpYoureSleepyChristians FOR SUFT

You will find a number of videos on our YouTube channel – please click on the links provided.

Summary and closing comments by Dr Sipho Mahokoto from the Department of Systematic Theology and Ecclesiology, SU:

Devotional Day 1: Rev Stephen Pedro

Devotional Day 2 by Rev Anriëtte de Ridder

Stephen Snyman Devotion Day 3_Part 1: Praise & Worship

Stephen Snyman Devotion Day 3_Part 2_Luke 19

Her-ontdek die krag van die Evangelie!

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5 – 7 JUNE 2018


Die Fakulteit Teologie van Universiteit Stellenbosch (US) se jaarlikse Winterskool is reeds ʼn instelling op die US kalender en word vanjaar aangebied van Dinsdag 5 Junie tot Donderdag 7 Junie 2018 met die tema

Justice, Reconciliation and Unity: Rediscovering the Power of the Gospel.

Die hoofsprekers is

  • Me Eleanor de Jongh van die Instituut vir Geregtigheid en Versoening,
  • Dr Wilhelm Verwoerd van die Beyers Naudé Sentrum vir Publieke Teologie en
  • Prof Reggie Nel, dekaan van die Fakulteit Teologie, US.

Die hoofsessies sal aangevul word met ‘n wye reeks verwante parallelle sessies.

Let asseblief daarop dat, as gevolg van die ekumeniese aard van die konferensie, Engels die hooftaal van aanbieding sal wees.

Die Winterskool vind plaas by die Fakulteit Teologie, Dorpstraat 171, Stellenbosch.
Die koste beloop R450 vir die volle kursus.

Kliek hier vir meer inligting: SU Theology – Winter School Program 2018

en hier vir die registrasievorm: WinterSchoolRegistrationForm2018

Die sluitingsdatum vir registrasie is 31 Mei 2018
(spesiale afslag vir vroeë registrasie voor 18 Mei 2018).

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