Nontando Hadebe describes her vocation as, “Cultivating ‘earthy’ spirituality and faith expressed in the use of my gifts in service of humanity; embodying generosity of spirit; pursuing lifelong learning; nurturing and valuing relationships; promoting the dignity of the human person and justice; and living creatively enjoying the arts, travelling and adventure. A lover at heart; loving God, people, justice, creation, and life.”
Nontando is a lay woman theologian with a doctorate in theology from St Augustine College, having previously completed undergraduate and post graduate degrees at the University of KwaZulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg. Her first studies were in law, in Zimbabwe, where she specialized in the Law and Administration of Deceased Estates at the High Court of Zimbabwe, before turning to theology. Her doctoral dissertation at St Augustine was dedicated to A Trinitarian theological response to gender challenges in the context of HIV/Aids in Southern Africa. She specializes in contextual /liberation and pastoral theologies which include African, Feminist and Womanist Theologies and Pastoral Psychology. She points out that she is, too, very definitely an African theologian, of mixed African heritage – her late mother was from Botswana, her father Zimbabwean, and her ancestors from KZN, South Africa.
Nontando is a member of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians as well as the TCCRSA Women’s Caucus comprising Catholic women theologians in Africa. Raised as a Catholic, her spiritual journey subsequently took her to the Baptist and Anglican/Lutheran churches, and thence back to the Catholic Church. A common feature is that all the churches sent her to study theology, giving her a comprehensive theological education that includes Evangelical, Liberal Protestant and Catholic theologies! She is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the University of South Africa in the department of Philosophy, Practical and Systematic Theology and hosts a weekly program on Radio Veritas.
Nontando is one of the founding members of the Catholic Women Speak Network, and a contributor to the book edited by the Network for the 2015 Synod on the Family, Catholic Women Speak: Bringing Our Gifts to the Table (Paulist Press, 2015).
Listen to Nontando preaching on Catholic Women Preach.
Listen to Nontando’s programme on South Africa’s Radio Veritas.