Learn about the state of water as it relates to religion today in Dr. Isabel Apawo Phiri’s 2018 Steve de Gruchy Memorial Lecture, “God of Life Lead us to Water Justice.” Dr. Phiri is Associate General Secretary of the World Council of Churches and Director of the Centre for Constructive Theology and lectures in African Theology in the School of Theology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Read the lecture here.
Former Steve de Gruchy Memorial Lectures:
2017: “Decolonizing Theology” — Graham Ward, Oxford University.
2016: “‘For I was a Stranger’: Public Theology Perspectives on Migration and Asylum” — Professor Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, presiding bishop of the Evangelical (Lutheran) Church in Germany.
2015: “Keeping Body and Soul Together: Theological Reflection on Social Transformation” — Beverley Haddad, Senior Research Associate at the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics (SRPC), University of KwaZulu-Natal. Summaries here and here; more about the book launched at this lecture, Keeping Body and Soul Together: Reflections by Steve de Gruchy on Theology and Development.
2014: “Poo Protests and Olive Theology” — John de Gruchy, Professor Emeritus, University of Cape Town. Summary here; published in John W. De Gruchy, A Theological Odyssey: My Life in Writing (Stellenbosch 2014), 167-177.
2013: “Steve de Gruchy: A Legacy of Risk, Resistance and Hope” –Denise M. Ackermann, Extraordinary Professor in Practical Theology, Emerita, Stellenbosch University.
2012: “God is God’s Own Worst Enemy” — Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus.