South Africa

Wilhelm Verwoerd moved back to South Africa at the end of 2012 to expand the work of Beyond Walls in his home country.  He is currently working with others exploring the challenges of reconciliation/humanisation in post-apartheid South Africa.

BW work in South Africa to date includes:

Worcester Hope and Reconciliation Process (www.restitution.org.za)
Wilhelm has provided some facilitation support for this important community project over the last two years.

Practical Theology, University of Stellenbosch
In March 2015 Wilhelm co-taught an 8 day experiential Reconciliation Module for 5th year Theology students, including an exposure to Journey through Conflict type dialogue.
He is part of ongoing conversations to develop the Reconciliation focus, at interpersonal and community levels, within the Department of Practical Theology.
Participation at removal of H.F. Verwoerd commemorative plaque at the University of Stellenbosch
At the end of May Wilhelm participated, as a Director of BW (CIC), in a challenging ceremony at the University of Stellenbosch that received wide social and print media coverage.  He was able to draw on his experience as a participatory facilitator with Alistair to promote “radical inclusivity”.  The speech can be viewed at:  https://t.co/Q2Xx95N8l8.

Nigerian project
Over the last few months Wilhelm has helped with the evaluation of a Fetzer Institute funded reconciliation project in Nigeria, led by the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND) (www.kind.org).  See also http://www.nijaexemplarsoflove-forgiveness.org/  The experience of working with Alistair, Louise and Brandon Hamber (INCORE, UU) on the recently completed BW-UU-Fetzer project has been invaluable in helping to draw out practical wisdom from the above project.

Reflective writing
At the end of June Wilhelm will participate in a workshop in Jena, Germany, with a few colleagues from the USA, Germany and Israel-Palestine.  This forms part of a book project to which Wilhelm and Alistair will eventually contribute a chapter drawing on some insights from the recently completed Fetzer funded “Beyond Dehumanisation” project.

He is based in the Lynedoch Ecovillage near Stellenbosch, which forms part of the Sustainability Institute – a potential key partner in future work. See www.sustainabilityinstitute.net

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