Verbum et Ecclesia is an international, South African open-access, peer reviewed and accredited, online journal. Only original research is considered for publication. This periodical is juridically connected to the Centre for Ministerial Development (Excelsus), located at the Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria. English, Afrikaans and Sepedi are the languages of publication which makes the journal unique. In addition, articles are also published in German, Dutch and Flemish. Occasionally articles will be published in an indigenous South African language. The journal seeks to create an intra- and interdisciplinary space for the conversation between theology and the sciences from a contextual perspective. It encourages research that challenges traditional discourses within and between the fields of biblical, religious, social and human sciences as well as the constructive engagement with the natural sciences. Verbum et Ecclesia is thus an instrument of engagement between theological disciplines, on the one hand, and theology and other disciplines, on the other.
The journal intends to publish research from an annual interdisciplinary congress at the Faculty of Theology and Religion with a special focussed theme. The Editorial Board of Verbum et Ecclesia strongly encourages contributions from Africa, from women and young academics and from minority groups. Nascent global religious developments and especially reflection on these developments in the global South will be given preference. It impacts the methodology and thus the possibility that “texts” from these contexts can be engaged with. Special editions or Festschrifts will appear occasionally. These editions will reflect an independent theological theme or own character of a specific theological discipline. Only publications of the best academic quality will be considered for publication. Submissions which do not comply with the abovementioned criteria will not be considered for publication. Criteria must be reflected in the abstracts of a submission to be considered for publication.