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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).

 

News

Research into SAís 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 Africaís 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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The role of religion in society and culture researched - 22/07/2014
From Practical Theology

Religion is becoming an increasingly important phenomenon within the global village. It occurs persistently in various forms. Therefore research on the role of religion in politics, sociology, psychology and cultural studies cannot be ignored. Prof Johann Meylahn, a practical theologian in UPís Faculty of Theology, who has a C2 rating from the NRF, is currently doing research in this field. Philosophy and lived-religion is his latest research interest. He brings philosophy, specifically critical theory, hermeneutics, metaphysics and phenomenology, into conversation with lived-religion.

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Resilience explored from a pastoral perspective in Princeton - 07/07/2014
From Practical Theology

Prof Yolanda Dreyer, Head of UPís Department of Practical Theology with a C2 rating from the NRF, attended a research meeting in Princeton, USA, to discuss new trends in practical theology. She also presented a paper at the meeting.

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