About the conference

 The Jesuit Institute South Africa, The Department of Theology at Fordham University in New York and The Centre for Contextual Ministry at the University of Pretoria, in a joint collaboration, will host a comparative, ecumenical conference on religion and racial justice in South Africa and the United States.

The histories of both host nations are marked and indeed marred, by persistent injustice, inequality, brutality, and hatred on the basis of race. While in recent decades both the United States and South Africa have seen moments that have appeared to presage reconciliation—including the emergence of democracy in South Africa and the election of the first African-American president in the United States—in the last few years the pace of progress appears to have stalled, if not reversed course.

The conference will address from a range of theological perspectives, the contribution of religion, particularly the dominant Christian traditions of both countries, both to the persistence of racial injustice and to the possibilities for repentance and healing. A constituent part of racial justice, and interconnected with it, racial healing. Exploring racial justice cannot be done in isolation. It demands too that we take cognisance of the intersectional nature of race, class, gender and other exclusionary injustices and wounds.

We will bring together U.S. and South African theologians across the denominational spectrum, representing a variety of racial and cultural contexts and employing a diversity of theological and methodological approaches. There will be a keynote address and formal sessions where papers will be presented. The conference will involve dialogue and engagement with various sectors of South African society, as well as opportunities to visit sites that are important to the history of South Africa and especially the struggle for democracy.

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Date and Venue

Johannesburg, South Africa
12-15 August 2018 at Soweto Hotel and Conference Centre, Kliptown, Soweto

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Conference Packages


Full package 11 August –  accommodation
12-14 August – accommodation, lunch and dinner
15 August – lunch
USD 710.00



Full package 12-14 August – accommodation, lunch and dinner
15 August – lunch
ZAR 7250.00



Day 1 package 12 August – dinner ZAR 235.00


Day 2 packages 13 August – lunch and full buffet dinner

13 August – lunch

ZAR 900.00

ZAR 665.00


Day 3 packages 14 August – lunch and full buffet dinner

14 August – lunch

ZAR 900.00

ZAR 665.00


Day 4 package 15 August – lunch ZAR 530.00


*Bookings close on 26 July 2018. Any cancellations after this date will not be refunded.
**Any cancellations before 26 July will incur a 10% Admin Fee to be deducted from the refund.
***The prices quoted for conference packages do not include transfers from and to the airport or any other transport or travel expenses that may be incurred by delegates.

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South African delegates register here

US Delegates register here

Please send your proof of payment in an email to racialjustice@jesuitinstitute.org.za to confirm your place at the conference.

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