Lethabo Molopyan is a black feminist theologian, PhD candidate in New Testament Studies and a Research Associate in the department of Practical and Mission Studies at University of Pretoria, Faculty of Theology and Religion, South Africa. Research interests: UN Sustainable Development Goals, Biblical studies, Issues within early Christianity, feminism, black liberation theology.
Lethabo Molopyane, “Race, ambivalence, and poverty: A challenge to the church in South Africa”
South Africa’s concept of rainbow nation is still a myth in post-apartheid contemporary society. The elimination of racial inequality and patriarchy is still an elusive goal which continues to divide the nation. This paper aims to critically engage with the triple challenges of racial inequality, poverty, and unemployment through the UN Sustainable development goals to explore the role of black liberation theology in transformative leadership development. Given that corruption, racism, and mismanagement of public resources are still prevalent and evident in South Africa’s public institutions, there is a need for transdisciplinary dialogue between sociological theories of race, racism, inequality and poverty and liberation theology to explore the role of theology.