Original Research - Special Collection: Tjaart van der Walt Commemoration Lecture

Prophetic witness in the Eucharist: A response to Robert Vosloo’s ‘Prophetic witness in weakness’

Manitza Kotzé
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 53, No 4 | a2485 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v53i4.2485 | © 2019 Manitza Kotze | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 May 2019 | Published: 20 August 2019

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Manitza Kotzé, Unit for Reformational Theology and the Development of the SA Society, Faculty of Theology, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa


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Abstract

In his article, ‘Prophetic witness in weakness’, Robert Vosloo asks what it means for believers, faith communities, churches and ecumenical bodies to be authentic witnesses in the public sphere in light of the life-denying realities we are faced with on a daily base. He articulates three aspects of authentic prophetic witness, namely prophetic solidarity, prophetic imagination and prophetic performativity. In response, this article focuses on the sacrament of the Eucharist, especially in terms of the notion of prophetic solidarity that Vosloo illuminated. In particular, this response article is informed and shaped by liberation theologians. It is argued that one valuable form of qualification is to take the Eucharist as our point of departure and to argue that authentic prophetic witness can be born from the ‘weakness’ celebrated in the Eucharist.

Keywords

Eucharist; Hope; Liberation theology; Prophetic witness; Public theology; Solidarity

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