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Doing theology at the margins: PACSA's accompaniment of communities in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, 1979-2012

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dc.contributor.author Manda, Charles
dc.date.accessioned 2015-01-20T09:24:49Z
dc.date.available 2015-01-20T09:24:49Z
dc.date.issued 2015-01
dc.identifier.citation Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, vol 40, no 2, pp. 263-280 en
dc.identifier.issn 1017-0499
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/15407
dc.description Peer reviewed en
dc.description.abstract The Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (PACSA) is a faith-based organisation (FBO) situated in Pieter-maritzburg, in the uMgungundlovu region of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It works in 27 of the most marginalised communities in the region. Established in 1979, PACSA began as a Christian agency to raise awareness among the white Chris¬tian churches about the unjust and oppresive realities of the apartheid government. Over the years, it has continued to accompany partner communities as they seek their own libe-ration from forces that undermine their freedom and dignity. Using textual analysis of PACSA’s documents and archives, this article explores the history of PACSA from 1979 to 2012. This period is significant because PACSA worked as a Christian social awareness FBO until 2012, when it changed its name to the Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action. The article further explores its role during and after the political violence of the 1980s and 1990s; and its praxis of the theology of accompaniment and the preferential option for the poor and the marginalised. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Church History Society of Southern Africa en
dc.title Doing theology at the margins: PACSA's accompaniment of communities in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, 1979-2012 en
dc.type Article en


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