Urban Theology

Spring semester 2017

What does it mean to be a church in the city, especially those in the suburbs of megacities? Multi-cultural and multi-religious urban areas are significant challenges and possibilities for churches today. In large cities we find huge dilemmas caused by segregation, tensions between different cultures, and high mobility.

This course is grounded in the concrete reality in which the churches live and carry out their mission. Identification and analysis of this reality using theological and sociological theories and methods enables it to be studied in a way, which is both critical and constructive. The course includes web-based studies, four seminars at Stockholm School of Theology, and five days of field studies in Stockholm.

Following the course, the student will be expected to (master's level):

  • display advanced skills in identifying and interpreting the presence and manifestations of Christian communities in urban settings from different perspectives, e.g., socio-
  • political context, segregation, gender, religious pluralism and dialogue
  • display greater insight and improved skills in using theological and sociological theories in the analysis of the life and mission of churches in an urban context
  • demonstrate independent thinking, and competence in undertaking research on churches’ relationship to urban population and culture
  • improve their skills of community leadership in pastoral and social missions in an urban context.


For application enquiries, please contact the Study Counselor:
marianne.kallberg@ths.se