You are invited to a Public Lecture by Dr Nontando Hadebe, Catholic Theologian, UNISA, on Wednesday 27 July 2016 at 7.30pm in the CK Storey hall, Rosebank, Cape Town (behind the Methodist Church – entrance on Chapel Road):
“VATICAN II AND THE RISE OF LAY MOVEMENTS WITHIN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH: NOT IN OUR NAME WITHOUT US”
No one could have predicted the rise and power of lay movements post Vatican II. In Latin America, the laity, mostly poor turned theology upside down (or right way up) when they dared to question the prevailing theologies that reduced sin and salvation into spiritual/individual categories that failed to address the social systems responsible for their poverty. The result was the birth of liberation theology, a new way of doing and thinking about theology that starts with the experiences of people and redefines sin and salvation in social terms. Similarly women raised their voices in protest against traditions of exclusion and marginalization and the result was feminist theologies. The laity are no longer silent, instead they seek to speak for themselves. To understand and discuss this phenomenon, this paper will focus on two recent interventions led by the laity namely Catholic Women Speak (reaction to Synod of Bishops on the family) and Council 50 (consortium of lay movements around the world working towards reform).
Dr Nontando Hadebe is a lay Catholic woman theologian based in Johannesburg. She has mixed ethnic heritage – mother from Botswana and father – Ndebele from Bulawayo. She obtained her doctorate from St Augustine College of South Africa, Johannesburg, where she also became a lecturer. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow at University of South Africa and is chair of Southern African Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians, a member of Catholic Women Speak and Council 50. She spent 5 months (August-December 2014) at the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley (Santa Clara University) as an International Fellow and 5 months (January -May 2015) at Emmanuel College, Boston as a Fulbright Scholar in Resident.