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An Awakening of the Spirit: Rediscovering Base Ecclesial Communities

Menzies, Andrew (2018) An Awakening of the Spirit: Rediscovering Base Ecclesial Communities. Australian Journal of Mission Studies, 12 (2). pp. 28-34. ISSN 1834-4682

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Abstract

In an age of corporate leadership, mega churches, individualism and alienation, this paper explores the wisdom offered by Leonardo Boff amongst poor Brazilian communities. Boff is one of the most significant theologians and proponents of the grassroots phenomenon popularly known as Base Ecclesial Communities often associated within the broader field of Liberation Theology. Going back for approximately seventy years, Base Ecclesial Communities has withstood the test of time and offers mature lessons for those concerned with local mission as well as the clergy/laity duality. This paper identifies Boff’s context and formational pathway and then identifies five significant lessons that are applicable for our contexts: giving ministry back to ‘ordinary’ people; freeing the work of the Spirit from organisational structures; the formation of disciples through regular formational practices combined with deep, local engagement; openness to new structures for ministry; and, identification of the limitation of current ecclesial models for mission.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: missiology liberation empowerment clergy laity community
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220499 Religion and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950406 Religious Traditions (excl. Structures and Rituals)
Type of Activity: Experimental Development
Subjects: D - Missiology
College/Association with University of Divinity: STC: Stirling Theological College
Depositing User: Rev'd Dr Andrew Menzies
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2018 00:02
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2018 00:02
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3366

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