GOD IN CONTEXT: THE SYMBOLIC CONSTRUCTION OF A RELIGIOUS UNIVERSE IN A BASE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY
Abstract‘We have depended,’ says Teresa Okure, ‘either on expatriates … or on African men to speak for us theologically and otherwise. Has the time now come to speak for ourselves? Okure’s question is asked as an African woman, but in South Africa at least, it can also be asked for marginalized and oppressed black groups as a whole. The concern of this essay is to reflect on the speaking of a small base Christian community in a large informal peri-urban settlement, similar to the favellas of Latin America, outside the Durban metropolitan area. The first step is ‘listening to’ what they have to say.
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