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Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae

versión On-line ISSN 2412-4265
versión impresa ISSN 1017-0499


ROBERTSON, Megan  y  NADAR, Sarojini. Queering the Ecclesia: Exploring "Institutional Culture" as a Path toward a Socially Just Church. Studia Hist. Ecc. [online]. 2021, vol.47, n.3, pp.1-16. ISSN 2412-4265.

Ecclesiological research on queer sexuality in South Africa has often been restricted to studying heteronormative church policies and doctrines as well as their implementation. This has confined possibilities of transforming church into a specifically queer affirming and more generally socially just space, to a matter of policy change. Similarly, transformation in higher education research in South Africa previously adopted a "transformation by numbers" approach centred on policy change. However, urgent calls to decolonise higher education has highlighted the limits of this "inclusive" approach and shifted the field's focus to an approach that interrogates the "institutional culture" of organisations to understand the ways in which such cultures might epistemologically and functionally preclude inclusion. Drawing on the case study of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa (MCSA), this paper proposes the extension and appropriation of the concept of "institutional culture" as it is used within higher education research for ecclesiological research, in order to expand queer possibilities of being a more socially just church.

Palabras clave : queer; ecclesiology; institutional culture; Methodist Church.

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