UWC hosting conference on quest for identity of mainline churches

The University of the Western Cape’s (UWC) Department of Religion and Theology will host a one day conference themed “The Quest for Identity in Mainline Churches in South Africa” on Friday, May 24, 2013.

The conference in Cape Town is the fourth in a series of 10 “think tanks” and public conferences on the interface between ecumenical studies and social ethics that the Department of Religion and Theology is hosting between 2012 and 2015. It seeks to explore the distinctions between Christian denominations- distinctions that are mainly derived from a history in Europe that still affects us in South Africa today. What then is the difference between a Roman Catholic and an Anglican or between a Lutheran and a Methodist or a Baptist?

Speakers at the conference include UWC Chancellor and Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba, who will speak about the quest for Anglican identity, Prof John de Gruchy (Univerwsity of CapeTown), Archbishop Stephen Brislin (Roman Catholic Church), Bishop Musawenkosi Biyela (Evangelical Lutheran Church in South Africa), Rev Dr Jerry Pillay (the President of the World Communion of Reformed Churches), Rev Peter Storey (a former presiding bishop in the Methodist Church of SA) and Dr Lindsay Rinquest (the Principal of the Cape Town Baptist Seminary) and (in absentia) Prof Tinyiko Maluleke (now a DVC at the University of Johannesburg).

The conference starts at 9am in the Library Auditorium, UWC Main Campus. More information can be obtained from For more information contact: Yolanda Makosi at ymakosi@uwc.ac.za or 021 959 3637.


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