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Practical Theology

Welcome to Practical Theology

Practical Theology is the largest Department in the Faculty of Theology and has the most postgraduate students. Master's and doctoral studies can be undertaken in fields such as pastoral counselling (narrative, family, trauma, gender), pastoral psychology, homiletics (preaching), liturgical and ritual studies, youth ministry and faith formation, church and society, including church development and diakonia (reaching out to people in need).



Fellowship for Experienced Researchers granted to UP practical theologian - 01/10/2014
From Practical Theology

Prof Johann Meylahn of the Department of Practical Theology was granted the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers at the Humboldt Universität in Berlin, Germany.

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Research into SA’s unique ritual-liturgical landscape - 19/08/2014
From Practical Theology

Prof Cas Wepener, a C2-graded researcher from the Department Practical Theology at UP, is researching South Africa’s ritual-liturgical landscape, which he describes as a fairly unique landscape that cannot really be equated with that of any other country. Ritual expressions of religion and spirituality in South Africa challenges the traditional theological discipline of Liturgical Studies that was born and raised in the West, thereby providing interesting research possibilities into this discipline.

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