The world is currently in the wake of a global health crisis, whilst there were already many other global and national crises such as poverty, inequality and corruption, immigration and xenophobia, gender-based violence, homophobia and more. This is, however, not the first time humanity had to deal with crises. On the contrary, through the ages nations and individuals responded in various ways to challenging times. Part of the responses have always been ritual in nature, in other words symbolic actions and practices of faith as reaction to crises on a national and global scale.

In light hereof, the Gender Unit of the Beyers Naudé Centre and Department of Practical Theology and Missiology of the Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, are hosting a conference on from 15 – 17 March 2021 at the Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University. The aim of this conference is to explore these practices as responses to national and global crises with a special emphasis on ritual, speech and song.

Academics and practitioners are invited to submit papers that reflect a variety of disciplinary perspectives on the following faith practices: ritual, liturgy and worship, religious speech, homilitics and preaching as well as music, hymnology and praise. Click here for more information.

If you want to join this conference and perhaps also do a paper, please submit a title and abstract (200 words max) by 1 December 2020. 

For further inquiries and abstract submissions, please email Cas Wepener or Marileen SteynTo register, please email Marita Snyman at