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21 april Rettferdighet i en urolig tid

Voksenåsen tirsdag 21 april kl 15.00-17.30

Rettferdighet i en urolig tid

Velkommen til et møte med Wolfram Kistner (1923-2006) og frigjøringsteologien som ikke er blitt borte…

Stiaan van der  Merwe, sørafrikanske teolog
Olav Fykse Tveit, leder Mellomkirkelig Råd

Wolfram Kistner var en av Sør-Afrikas ledende frigjøringsteologer og en pilar i kampen mot apartheid og i utformingen av den nye nasjonen. Da Kistner døde i 2007 forstummet en av de kraftigste stemmene mot urettferdighet og overgrep i vår tid.
Møt Stiaan van der Merwe som arbeidet sammen med Kistner og Beyers Naude i Ecumenical Advice Bureau. I samtale med Olav Fykse Tveit fra Mellomkirkelig Råd skal vi se på hva Kistner og bevegelsen bidro med, og hva dette kan bety i dag.
Det sørafrikanske kirkerådet har gitt ut boka: ”Justice and righteousness like a never ending stream - essays, reflections and discussion documents” som vil være tilgjengelig.

Se vedlagte plakat for mer informasjon og reiserute. Påmelding program@voksenaasen.no eller tel 93039520.

Se også  omtale av Wolfram Kistner fra Kirkenes verdensråd, nedenfor.

Velkommen til Voksenåsen !

Arr.: Networkers SouthNorth – Dag Hammarskjöldprogrammet – Voksenåsen kultursenter



Dr. Wolfram Kistner was born in Hermannsburg in Natal, South Africa on 19 February 1923, the son of Johannes and Maria Kistner, German missionaries who had settled in South Africa.

He studied history at the University of Pretoria, earned a doctorate at the University of Groningen in Holland, and studied theology in Germany. In 1952 he married Adelheid Elfers and was ordained as a Lutheran Pastor. Returning to South Africa in 1955, Dr. Kistner directed for ten years the mission school in Hermannsburg that was administered earlier by his father. He then served for five years as General Superintendent of the Hermannsburg Mission Society in South Africa. By this time Wolfram and Adelheid had five children: Klaus, Ulrike, Johanna, Elizabeth and Maria.

In 1969 Dr. Kistner went with his family to Germany, where he served as a parish pastor for three years in Neuenkirchen, a small village near Hamburg. Then in 1973 the Kistner family returned to South Africa, where Dr. Kistner served for three years as a lecturer at the theological seminary of the United Lutheran Church of South Africa at the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg.

In 1976 Dr. Kistner was appointed Director of the Division of Justice and Reconciliation of the South African Council of Churches, a post which he served for twelve years during the climax of the struggle against the apartheid system of South Africa. Following his retirement from the South African Council of Churches in 1988 he joined together with Beyers Naude to form the Ecumenical Advice Bureau in Johannesburg, and continued to participate in the final stages of defeat of apartheid and the first stages of building a new South African nation. Until the day of his death, Dr. Kistner never ceased his prophetic speaking, writing and action.

Dr. Kistner was well known nationally and internationally for his clear and concise analysis of current issues in church and society and for his interpretation of scripture and theology in light of these realities. With humility and gentleness, "Dr. K" was present among those who suffer most from poverty, violence and oppression, and he expressed – with a quiet but unyielding voice – his passion for justice. His focus was not only on issues within South Africa, but also on the global dimensions of justice and peace. In his theological reflections and actions, he identified and exposed injustice and articulated the Gospel’s insistence that the church and all people respond with commitment to change.

Even more important to understanding Dr. Kistner’s life was his own path of change. He did not allow the spotlight of the Gospel to be directed on the problems of society without it first exposing his own need for personal transformation. In order to follow more closely the call of God, Dr. Kistner unrelentingly challenged his own beliefs and assumptions, and became himself vulnerable and willing to be led to places of risk and alienation. His path was often costly to himself and his family. He was also very much involved and influenced by the work and life experiences of his children.

Dr. Kistner’s life consistently pointed beyond himself to others. Above all, he confessed his faith in a God who rules creation and stands above every nation, and a God whose love within history seeks to make humanity whole. The church and the society of South Africa, along with many throughout the world can rightly recognize and be thankful for the gift of the life of Dr. Wolfram Kistner – pastor, theologian, teacher, apartheid resister, worker for justice, reconciliation and peace, husband, father and friend.
4 December 2006

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