School of Religion, Philosophy & Classics

Centre for Constructive Theology

The Centre for Constructive Theology (CCT) is one amongst other centres housed within the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics (SRPC) with offices in Pietermaritzburg. CCT offers basic but quality theological education to church leaders who, despite being ordained as pastors and ministers in their respective churches, for a number of reasons have never had an opportunity to obtain theological training. Given that a large number of such church leaders come from African Initiated Churches, otherwise known as the AIC’s, CCT has for a long time been in partnership with several AIC’s throughout the province of KwaZulu-Natal offering theological education to their church leaders. During this period CCT researches in partnership with members of these faith communities initiated a number of research projects on a range of topics. Finding for these research projects are published in various SAPSE Accredited Journals in the area of religion and theology including the then Journal of Constructive Theology (JCT) (now Journal of Gender Religion and Theology in Africa) (JGRTA). As the former title of the journal indicates, this journal is also housed at CCT. In addition to offering theological education, CCT also conducts a series of structured workshops in various communities in regions where the churches that are in partnership with CCT are situated. These workshops address a wide range of themes such as HIV/AIDS, counseling, Home-Based Care for those infected with HIV/AIDS, and empowerment for children who become bread winners in child-led-household.