Positioning LGBTIQ as the human sexuality agenda for black theology of liberation – Reflection on Vuyani Vellem's black theology of liberation

Graham A. Duncan
2020 HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies  
Vuyani Vellem was an outstanding Black Theologian of Liberation (BTL), who was approaching the zenith of his career when he died at the age of 50 years in 2019. This paper begins with a personal memoir to Prof. Vellem and a recognition that there is a lacuna in BTL relative to human sexuality issues. The contemporary global context of the human sexuality debate is discussed before the task of BTL in Vellem's thinking is outlined. This is followed by an examination of the situation in Africa and
more » ... ation in Africa and South Africa. Following this, the article proceeds to introduce the issue of human sexuality as a potential field of research in BTL and argues that the subject of human sexuality in the black community is a valid and appropriate topic for study and research by BTL.Contribution: This article raises pertinent issues regarding the development of a Black Theology of Liberation (BTL) which includes a proposal for the inclusion of LGBTI+ issues. It seeks to expand the understanding of the oppressed to include those who are oppressed as the result of gender issues.
doi:10.4102/hts.v76i3.6123 fatcat:gbmoabnzwra4hij5mibx56aiye