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Stephan de Beer

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Stephan de Beer is an urban theologian focusing on issues of faith in the city, and, more specifically, concerns himself with homelessness, housing and spatial justice. He directs the Centre for Contextual Ministry at the University of Pretoria and is Associate Professor in Practical Theology at the University of Pretoria. Before joining the University, he worked in an ecumenical faith-based organisation in the inner city of Pretoria, creating social and housing infrastructure in response to, and in partnership with, some of the city's most vulnerable communities (for other publications, see ccmresearch.org.za).

Homelessness and COVID-19: the miracle of Tshwane

The media reporting of hastily-cobbled plans to provide shelters for South Africa's homeless people mostly focused on the failings of the initiatives. Stephan de...

Homelessness and COVID-19: Political, institutional and theological capacities and priorities

Two weeks into the national lockdown, media reports have emerged about how various towns and cities in South Africa are responding to the needs...

The social isolation of homeless persons: creating communities of care

Isolation is a new experience for many of us. For the homeless it is a constant way of life. Their social isolation places them...

When refugees have faces and names – affirming our common humanity

The recent tensions involving refugees camped outside the Unite Nations High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR) in Cape Town and Johannesburg made national headlines, with many news...

IN-DEPTH — Ending Homelessness: Building Inclusive Communities

Dare we imagine ending homelessness, one person at a time? Stephan de Beer argues that an integrated approach, committed to building truly inclusive communities, can start to make a dent by mediating viable and sustainable alternatives for street homeless individuals.

We are failing the homeless community

After the recent deaths of five homeless people, all in quick succession in our capital city of Pretoria, Stephan de Beer is reminded of...

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Isolation is a new experience for many of us. For the homeless it is a constant way of life. Their social isolation places them...

IN-DEPTH — Ending Homelessness: Building Inclusive Communities

Dare we imagine ending homelessness, one person at a time? Stephan de Beer argues that an integrated approach, committed to building truly inclusive communities, can start to make a dent by mediating viable and sustainable alternatives for street homeless individuals.

Homelessness and COVID-19: Political, institutional and theological capacities and priorities

Two weeks into the national lockdown, media reports have emerged about how various towns and cities in South Africa are responding to the needs...

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