Ecumenism of permeability: The experience of the base ecclesial communities in Brazil

Leao Neto, Reynaldo Ferreira (2009). Ecumenism of permeability: The experience of the base ecclesial communities in Brazil. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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This research on the ecumenism practised by the Base Ecclesial Communities in Brazil, in the national gatherings they hold periodically, has shown that the story of the CEBs did not stop with Liberation Theology. It has shown that the CEBs are also a movement within the church for dialogue and inter-religious relations. At the core of the CEBs’ theological concern and practice is the Gospel of/for the poor, and also a concern with the question and practice of how Christianity relates to the ancient traditions of Africa and of the Indian/Ava origins.
This research has shown that the CEBs have been able to implement an ecumenism of permeability within Christianity and beyond, with traditions other than Christianity. The CEBs grew in their ecumenism to the point of welcoming priests of Afro and Ava traditions in their gatherings and to the altar of Christian celebrations including into Eucharistic rites.
The experience of the CEBs shown in this thesis leads us to realize that the ecumenism of permeability practised by them allows scope for different religions to slot together, like a hinge, on particular occasions and also to absorb significant symbols, rites, concepts and stories from one another. I argue that permeability supersedes other categories of inter-religious relations, even pluralism, because it allows interpenetration temporary and topical. Despite the tensions permeability also helps to preserve the catholicity of Christianity.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
School or Department: School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion, Department of Theology and Religion
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion


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