oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - A crisis in mission and unity: The closure of the Federal Theological Seminary of Southern Africa

Volume 32, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



After a brief overview ofthe history and achievements of FedSem, the article analyses ten different 'causes' that have been advanced to 'explain' its closure in 1993. These factors are: the demise of apartheid, spirituality, power struggles, finances, level of commitment to unity, the global context, political violence and security concerns, and lack of common theological vision emanating from the primarily political concerns that brought FedSem into being in the first place. The author explores whether these factors are causes or excuses. In a concluding section he explores the missiological implications of the closure and raises a number of pertinent questions for ecumenical theological education.

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