Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology

Prof A van Schalkwyk

College of Human Sciences
School of Humanities
Associate Professor
Tel: 012 429 4685


  • PhD in Theology 

Fields of academic interests

  • Faith communities’ contribution to community organisation, development and activism in urban and rural contexts
  • The contributions of South African women to transformation and SHALOM
  • Ecofeminist theology, ecofeminist spirituality and action for sustainable livelihoods and societies
  • Christian mission as oiko-mission, or Christian mission as earth care and eco-justice
  • Indigenous knowledge systems, land justice and sustainable economic alternatives to neo-colonial macro-economics and development

Field of Specialisation

  • Faith communities and community development
  • Women, gender and missiology
  • Oiko-missiology
  • Ecofeminist theology


Book Chapters

  • 2002.    “The story of Anne Hope: A white woman’s contribution towards South African liberation” in (eds) I A Phiri, D B Govinden & S Nadar. Her-stories: Hidden histories of women of faith in Africa. Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications.
  • 2012. “Women, religion and sustainability in post-apartheid South(ern) Africa” in (eds) I Swart, T Ekstrand, A Gouws, P Petterson. Women, religion and gender in post-apartheid South Africa: A South African – Nordic European exchange of perspectives. University of Uppsala: CSRS Series / Stellenbosch: SUN Publishers.
  • 2011  “Sallie McFague’s understanding of salvation”. Section in chapter on “Western ecofeminist theologies”,  in Creation and salvation: Essays on recent theo­logi­cal movements, Volume 2: A Mosaic of Selected Modern Christian Theologies, edited by Ernst Conradie.  Berlin: LIT Verlag.

Journal articles

  • 1994:    Christian witness and women’s issues, in International Review of Mission Vol. LXXXXII (No.  328,  January), 105-114.
  • 1996:    The church, community development and liberation:  A search for answers to basic questions, in Missionalia  Vol. 24 (No. 1, April), 40-62.
  • 1997:    Masincedane Community Service.  A case study, in Missionalia  Vol. 25 (No. 3, November), 429- 449.
  • 1997:    Women’s research from the periphery:   An epistemological and methodological base for feminist missiological/historical  research amongst contemporary South African women, in Missionalia Vol.25 (No. 4, December), 607-632.
  • 1999:    A gendered truth: women’s testimonies, the TRC and reconciliation, in Journal of  Constructive Theology, Vol 5 (no1, July 1999), 3-48. 
  • Same article in Missionalia , Vol 27 (no 2, August 1999), 165-188.
  • 2000:    Writing South African women’s stories of transformation: Some methodological aspects, in Journal of Constructive Theology, Vol 6  (no 2, December 2000), 21-39.
  • 2001.    The story of Anne Hope’s quest for transformation, in Missionalia Vol 25 (No 3, November)
  • 2001.    On stigmata, racism and reconciliation in a post-TRC South Africa, in Missionalia Vol 26 (No 4, December)
  • 2002.    Heretic but faithful: The reclamation of the body as sacred in Christian feminist theology, in Religion and Theology Vol 9-1/2 (Special edition on “The body and religion”), 135 - 159.
  • 2006.    “On healing, spirituality and culture: the stories of Afrikaans women and African women’s theology” in Journal of Theology for Southern African (JTSA), Vol 124 (March 2006), 4 – 19.
  • “Women, religion and sustainability in post-apartheid South(ern) Africa” in Journal of Theology for Southern Africa (JTSA), March 2008.
  • “The cosmos as the body of God: The interpretation of the Christian story in Sallie McFague’s oeuvre” in Scriptura, April 2008, 204-221.
  • 2008. “Ecofeminism, ecofeminist spirituality and sustainability”  in Grace and Truth (Special edition on ecology and the environment), Vol 25 (No 1 –  April 2008).
  • 2011. “Sacredness and sustainability: searching for a practical eco-spirituality.” in Religion and Theology (R&T) (Special edition on spirituality), Vol 18/1-2, November 2011; 57-76.
  • 2012  “Welbeing, values and the oikos cycle: an ecofeminist ethical perspective of care” in Journal of Theology for Southern Africa (JTSA), March 2012;  98-119.     
  • 2013 “A place where we all stand together: The new creation story as opportunity and imperative for interreligious dialogue” in Theology Vol 116 No1; 43-46.
  • 2014 “Ecological activism and an interreligious dialogue of life – a case study of the Southern African Communities’ Environmental Institute” in Scriptura Vol 112 (2013).
  • 2014 “Space, place and ecology: Doing ecofeminist urban theology in Gauteng”, in HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies Vol 70(3).
  • 2014  “Coming home to the body: an ecofeminist body theological reading of the Song of Songs”, in SA Journal of Semitic Studies. November 2014 edition.
  • UPCOMING: “Living in the land: An oiko-theological response to the Amadiba Crisis Committee of Xolobeni’s struggle for Ubuntu, land and ecology” in Missionalia.