Marginalised communities reflect on WCC assembly theme

Marginalised communities reflect on WCC assembly theme

By agency reporter
5 Jan 2013

The latest issue of international journal The Ecumenical Review, guest-edited by Deenabandhu Manchala, features reflections from marginalised communities on the theme of the upcoming World Council of Churches (WCC) 10th Assembly later in 2013.

Entitled 'Justice, Peace and Marginalised Communities', the issue (dated December 2012, but just released) includes 14 articles addressing specific aspects of life, justice and peace as seen "not from positions of comfort, power and privilege, or with broad and dispassionate universalistic approaches, but from the vantage point of those struggling for life," says Manchala, programme executive for Just and Inclusive Communities at the WCC.

That perspective, he says, suggests a critical reframing of the assembly theme, rephrased for the purpose of this issue as "God of life and peace, grant us courage to struggle for justice" - the theme of the upcoming WCC gathering in Korea.

Writing from marginalised communities in Korea, India, Brazil, Puerto Rico, North America, New Zealand and Europe, the authors address such theological and socio-ethical topics as resistance, disability, migration, inclusive community, masculinity, indigenous identity and liberation.

"Approaching the theme with a focus on justice opens up new possibilities of understanding and action" for churches and for the whole ecumenical movement, says Manchala.

Contributors, along with Manchala, include Beverly E. Mitchell, Sathianathan Clarke, Samuel George, Yoon-Jae Chang, Arne Fritsson, Gerrit Noort and Mark C. Noort, Rolf Malungo de Souza, Anthony Reddie, Peniel Jesudason Rusu Rajkumar, Juan Jacobo Tancara Chambe, Vicki Terrell and Luis N. Rivera Pagán.

* The Ecumenical Review: http://ordering.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/subs.asp?ref=1758-6623&doi=10.1111/(ISSN)1758-6623

* WCC 2013 Assembly website: http://wcc2013.info/en

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