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MASHAU, Thinandavha D.  and  MANGOEDI, Leomile. Faith communities, social exclusion, homelessness and disability: Transforming the margins in the City of Tshwane. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2015, vol.71, n.3, pp. 01-09. ISSN 2072-8050.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/HTS.v71i3.3088.

Social exclusion is a reality in South Africa today. Its faces are diverse and varied; social exclusion can be defined in terms of social, economic, political and religious dimensions. This diversity also applies to the context of homelessness in the City of Tshwane. The research on which this article is based sought to explore the issue of social exclusion from a religious perspective; it looked closely at how social exclusion manifests from a religious perspective in the context of homelessness and disability in the City of Tshwane. The thrust of this article is captured in the following question: how do homeless people and persons with disability experience social exclusion from faith communities? What do they say about the role that faith communities should play in addressing their marginalisation? These questions were answered by doing Contextual Bible Study of Acts 3:1-10 with the homeless in the City of Tshwane, thereby allowing them space for their voices to be heard as to how the faith community should respond to their plight. It became clear in this research that faith communities should always act as transforming agents to those in the margins.

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