Our Mission Statement
The Study Centre promotes a hermeneutically reflected, constructive-critical theology of the Kingdom of God, which can offer reconciliation as social impulses beyond opposites in dialogue.
Our mission is to foster the dialogue between academic theology, the Church, and society at large. We do this by conducting research, teaching at the university, publishing a series of books and chiefly by organizing our annual conferences.
Our theology is rooted both in our reading of the Holy Scriptures and in our practice of worshipping in community. We critically engage with the hermeneutical suppositions of modernity and post-modernity, while drawing upon Christian tradition for our research. We further encounters between the various forms of present day Christian witness. We also strive for reconciliation between different religious traditions as well as between different social divisions. We try to discern the signs of the times, and to contribute to the renewal of both the Church and society.
The Kingdom of God – Jesus’ central message – constitutes the focal point of our theology. A theology of the Kingdom is a hopeful theology which touches and challenges all aspects of life and society.
Faith thus becomes a general orientation of life. By welcoming the experiences and expectations of society with respect, theological reflection serves a responsible Christian lifestyle in the context of today's global community.
The study centre promotes creative theological research that is characterised:
- By the deep appropriation of Sacred Scripture in a confrontation of different hermeneutical approaches.
- By rooting in the community and worship as a vital source of all theological reflection.
- Through a critical and constructive reception of the Christian tradition.
- By encouraging meetings and exchanges of Christian testimonies in the service of reconciliation.
- Through debates that respect modern and postmodern methodological requirements.
- And finally by a discernment of the signs of the times and contributions to ecclesial and societal renewal.