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New Research Highlights Unique Aspects of Small Canadian Churches

<i>Significant Church: Understanding the Value of the Small Evangelical Church in Canada</i>, by Rick Hiemstra and Lindsay Callaway. Faith Today Publications, 2023. ISBN 978-1-989246-02-3. Printed by the <a href='https://www.evangelicalfellowship.ca/Communications/Research/Canadian-Evangelical-Small-Church-Study/Partners-and-Research-Process'>Canadian Evangelical Small Church Study partnership</a>. 238 pages. PDF

There is more to the thousands of small churches in Canadian neighbourhoods than many people realize. A new study digs into the realities of these churches and examines their needs and strengths from the perspective of their pastors.
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Posted: Jan. 17, 2023 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=13165
Categories: News, ResourcesIn this article: small churches
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Catégorie : News, ResourcesDans cet article : small churches


Health and Wholeness of Life in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

The WCC's Bossey Institute celebrated graduation day for their winter 2022 Interreligious Studies (CAS-IS) program

Jews, Christians and Muslims up to the age of 35 years are invited to apply for the 2023 Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Interreligious Studies course. Final submission date for applications is 28 February 2023.
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Posted: Dec. 16, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=13131
Categories: Resources, WCC NewsIn this article: Bossey Institute, interfaith, WCC
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Catégorie : Resources, WCC NewsDans cet article : Bossey Institute, interfaith, WCC


Thursdays in Black: Towards a world without rape and violence

Thursdays in Black: Towards a world without rape and violence

In every country, gender-based violence is a tragic reality. This violence is frequently hidden, and victims are often silent, fearing stigma and further violence.

We all have a responsibility to speak out against violence, to ensure that women and men, boys and girls, are safe from rape and violence in homes, schools, work, streets – in all places in our societies.
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Posted: Dec. 8, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12912
Categories: News, ResourcesIn this article: justice, Thursdays in Black, violence, WCC
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Catégorie : News, ResourcesDans cet article : justice, Thursdays in Black, violence, WCC


Every Part of Creation Matters: New CEC publication

<em>Every Part of Creation Matters: A discussion paper</em>, ed. by Kees Nieuwerth, Peter Pavlovic, and Adrian Shaw. <em>Globethics.net CEC 8</em> (Geneva: Globethics.net, 2022). ISBN: 978-2-8893-1490-4 (online version) and 978-2-8893-1491-1 (print version)

Caring for God’s creation is an integral part of the calling of the churches. How can this be done? The question is explored in depth in the new publication titled Every Part of Creation Matters published by the Conference of European Churches (CEC) in partnership with Globethics.net.
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Posted: Nov. 23, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12865
Categories: News, ResourcesIn this article: Council of European Churches, creation, environment
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Catégorie : News, ResourcesDans cet article : Council of European Churches, creation, environment


Restorative Justice Week: Nov 20-27

Restorative Justice Week - Semaine de la justice réparatrice

Restorative Justice Week runs from November 20 to 27 of this year. Individuals and groups across Canada are encouraged to observe this week in November. The Church Council on Justice and Corrections (CCJC) has resources on Restorative Justice which may be helpful to you.
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Posted: Nov. 20, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12838
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: restorative justice
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CCC issues revised guide for public interfaith prayer and vigils

Christian Interfaith Reference Group, <em>A Guide for Participation in Public Events Involving More than One Religious or Spiritual Tradition</em> (Canadian Council of Churches, 2022)
Groupe consultatif interreligieux chrétien, <em>Guide pour la participation à des activités publiques réunissant plus d'une tradition religieuse ou spirituelle</em> (Conseil canadien des Églises, 2022)

The Canadian Council of Churches has released a revised version of guidelines first issued 20 years ago following the Swiss Air disaster at Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia.

“Canadians come together when we remember and celebrate special events, and when we grieve and stand together in the face of catastrophes. Religious and spiritual leaders are frequently called on to show solidarity, express a word of hope, honour the divine, and channel our feelings toward justice and peace.”
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Posted: Oct. 27, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12639
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: Canadian Council of Churches, Christian Interfaith Reference Group, interfaith, vigils
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : Canadian Council of Churches, Christian Interfaith Reference Group, interfaith, vigils


Sharing resources about COVID-19 vaccines

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
It's important to get a booster dose as soon as possible

COVID-19 continues to circulate in our communities and may surge again this fall as people return to more indoor activities with others. Vaccination remains one of the most effective ways to protect against serious illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19, and also help protect our healthcare system. That’s why it’s important for everyone, including children, to stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines, by receiving all doses recommended for them.
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Posted: Oct. 14, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12590
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: COVID, pandemic, vaccines
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : COVID, pandemic, vaccines


KAIROS soutient les projets de loi pour mettre fin au racisme environnemental et responsabiliser les entreprises

Depuis des décennies, les industries polluantes et les sites d’enfouissement se sont retrouvés dans des communautés autochtones, noires, et autres communautés racisées au Canada, les laissant aux prises avec des taux anormalement élevés de cancers, de maladies respiratoires et d’autres problèmes de santé chroniques. Ces zones sacrifiées s’étendent aussi aux communautés des pays du Sud – souvent pauvres, souvent autochtones  –  où opèrent les compagnies minières canadiennes, et où elles contaminent les sources d’eau et contribuent à des violations des droits humains, largement documentées

La crise climatique et la dégradation environnementale affectent des communautés partout sur la planète, mais certaines communautés le sont plus que d’autres.

Depuis des décennies, les industries polluantes et les sites d’enfouissement se sont retrouvés dans des communautés autochtones, noires, et autres communautés racisées au Canada, les laissant aux prises avec des taux anormalement élevés de cancers, de maladies respiratoires et d’autres problèmes de santé chroniques.
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Posted: Sept. 13, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12644
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: Canada, Canadian mining, corporate accountability, environmental racism, KAIROS
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : Canada, Canadian mining, corporate accountability, environmental racism, KAIROS


KAIROS supports bills to end environmental racism and make corporations accountable

For decades, polluting industries and landfill sites have ended up in Indigenous, Black, Brown and other racialized communities in Canada, burdening these communities with higher-than-normal rates of cancer, respiratory illnesses, and other chronic health problems. These sacrifice zones extend to communities in the Global South – usually poor and often Indigenous – where Canadian mining companies operate, contaminating fresh water sources, and contributing to well-documented human rights violations

The climate crisis and environmental degradation are taking their toll on communities worldwide. But some communities are impacted more than others.

For decades, polluting industries and landfill sites have ended up in Indigenous, Black, Brown and other racialized communities in Canada, burdening these communities with higher-than-normal rates of cancer, respiratory illnesses, and other chronic health problems.
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Posted: Sept. 13, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12641
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: Canada, Canadian mining, corporate accountability, environmental racism, KAIROS
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : Canada, Canadian mining, corporate accountability, environmental racism, KAIROS


Salt + Light doc captures spirit of Indigenous visit to Rome

Indigenous delgation at an audience with Pope Francis in Rome from Salt + Light's 'Walking Together' documentary

Teeing up the historic Papal Visit to Canada from July 24-29, Salt and Light Media Foundation unveiled a 59-minute documentary entitled Walking Together on July 17, chronicling the landmark meetings hosted at the Vatican between Pope Francis and representatives of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples in March and April.

Fr. Alan Fogarty, SJ, CEO and executive producer of Salt + Light Media, said his team’s passion to record this momentous summit kindled instantly after the news came out that ambassadors from the Assembly of First Nations, Métis National Council and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami would travel to Rome.

“In the initial discussions when the news was coming out, we looked at ourselves and said, ‘where should we be? What should we be doing? What can we document in a way that will be helpful?’ This [documentary] is the best use of our resources as something that will help the Indigenous, the Church, the people of Canada and the Canadian government,” said Fogarty.
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Posted: July 20, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12261
Categories: Catholic Register, ResourcesIn this article: documentary, Indigenous peoples, Reconciliation, Salt+Light Media
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Catégorie : Catholic Register, ResourcesDans cet article : documentary, Indigenous peoples, Reconciliation, Salt+Light Media


WCC digital archive now included in Globethics.net library

Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

A collection of documents and publications from the World Council of Churches (WCC) is now available through its longstanding partner organization Globethics.net. The WCC collection, updated weekly, reflects a growing and longstanding electronic bridge between the organizations’ websites.

For many years, the Globethics.net Library has hosted a variety of collections on behalf of the WCC, an active member of the Globethics.net Consortium on Ethics in Higher Education, as well as co-founder of the former Global Digital Library on Theology and Ecumenism (GlobeTheoLib).

The institutional “World Council of Churches collection” has recently been updated with new content collected from its website, including documents and publications published at www.oikoumene.org/resources. Thanks to an electronic bridge between the two sites, new resources are automatically added to the collection on a weekly basis.
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Posted: June 1, 2021 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10903
Categories: Documents, Resources, WCC NewsIn this article: WCC
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Church divisions over moral issues can be bridged with fruitful dialogue, webinar shows

WCC News

A webinar on how churches make moral decisions—and what causes divisions—brought a lively discussion attended online by more than 100 people on 29 April.

Basing their remarks on a World Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission publication, “Churches and Moral Discernment. Volume 1: Learning from Traditions,” the speakers shared insights from very different church perspectives.

As the foreword of the publication says, “The hope is that necessary prerequisites are fulfilled, allowing for constructive conversations within traditions. This will prevent divisions over moral issues and provide solid ground to engage in fruitful ecumenical dialogues that appreciate and attribute appropriate relevance to moral issues.”
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Posted: May 6, 2021 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10901
Categories: Resources, WCC NewsIn this article: moral discernment, WCC Commission on Faith & Order
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Catégorie : Resources, WCC NewsDans cet article : moral discernment, WCC Commission on Faith & Order


Video Conferencing Etiquette

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, churches across Canada are cancelling services, meetings, and other gatherings. Many are exploring options for live-streaming services and for video-conferencing of meetings. With this in mind, I have drafted these suggestions based on my own experience and some ideas I have found in the documents listed at the end.

The following tips are provided to enhance the effectiveness of video conference technology in church meetings. These suggestions are based on using Zoom, but many of them are applicable to other software as well, such as GoToMeeting or Skype.
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Posted: Mar. 16, 2020 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10712
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: church, video conferencing
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : church, video conferencing


Subject Matters: interview with Nicholas Jesson about ‘Towards Unity’

In 2017, we mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This Festschrift in honour of Monsignor John Radano, who served as head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity’s Western section for nearly 25 years, offers a window on what has been achieved through ecumenical dialogue over the past 50 years. It also reminds us of the importance of ecumenical friendship in advancing the cause of Christian unity.

Since the Reformation, Christian unity has suffered many failures. Yet, especially in more recent times, it has also celebrated encouraging successes. Disparate Christian traditions are beginning to trust each other. Will Christians eventually find one shared identity? What are the theological and ecclesial challenges ahead? This timely collection of essays by prominent Catholic and Protestant ecumenists witnesses a hope for a future Christian unity born out of 50 years of honest and genuine dialogue.

Towards Unity – a collection of papers by major ecumenical contributors – reflects with passion and hope on bilateral dialogues, the ecumenical movement, and organizations that promote multilateral relationships. By the grace of the Holy Spirit, the scandal of division is giving birth to renewed relationships, dialogue, and awareness.
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Posted: Apr. 15, 2017 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9673
Categories: News, ResourcesIn this article: books, Christian unity, Nicholas Jesson
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Towards Unity: Ecumenical Dialogue 500 Years after the Reformation

<i>Towards Unity: Ecumenical Dialogue 500 Years after the Reformation</i> is edited by Archbishop Donald Bolen, Nicholas Jesson, and Sr. Donna Geernaert, SC. It is available from Novalis.ca, or in the USA from Paulist Press. ISBN: 978-2-8968-8422-3 (Novalis) and 978-0-8091-5349-7 (Paulist Press)

Those who work in the field of Christian unity for any length of time are quick to point out that ecumenism is the work of the Holy Spirit. We say that not to sound pious but because we know firsthand two things: from our failed efforts, that we cannot bring about unity by ourselves no matter how hard we try; and from our successes, that something else is operative in this work of dialogue and reconciliation. God’s grace shapes our efforts in countless ways, experienced in a deep yearning for unity, in the insights which come forth from dialogue, in the moments of breakthrough when new understandings are reached, in the relationships and bonds of communion that are formed when we work with other Christians at the service of unity.

Ecumenism is a work of the Holy Spirit in the churches as they put themselves at the service of Jesus’ desire that his disciples be reconciled, and it is a work of the Spirit in people’s lives. This volume, which reflects on ecumenical achievements and hopes as we mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, is a celebration of the work of the Holy Spirit in the churches and ecclesial communities of the West as they have sought to address conflicts and heal divisions. It is also a celebration of the work of the Holy Spirit in the ecumenical ministry of Monsignor John Radano, and in a secondary but very real way, of each of the contributors to this volume. John Radano, generally known by his dialogue partners and colleagues as Jack, served as head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity’s (PCPCU) Western section for nearly a quarter century, from 1984 to 2008. In this capacity, he participated in dialogues with Lutheran, Reformed, Baptist, Mennonite, Classical Pentecostal, and Evangelical traditions, and served as liaison with the World Council of Churches’ Commission on Faith and Order. Jack was also involved in relations with the Anglican Communion, the World Methodist Council, and the Global Christian Forum, so had a truly comprehensive involvement in relations with the Catholic Church’s dialogue and consultation partners in the West.
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Posted: Apr. 1, 2017 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9672
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: books, Christian unity, Donald Bolen, Donna Geernaert, Nicholas Jesson
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : books, Christian unity, Donald Bolen, Donna Geernaert, Nicholas Jesson


Catholics and Evangelicals in Dialogue: A Small Group Opportunity

Pastor Harry Strauss

Pastor Harry Strauss, co-chair of the Saskatoon Catholic and Evangelical Dialogue, has written a small group resource specifically for dialogue. It is entitled Catholics and Evangelicals in Dialogue: A Small Group Discussion Guide. It is 7 sessions in length, addressing the topics of revelation, the church, salvation, baptism, communion, the communion of the saints, and missional engagement. It is designed for laypeople, shaped as a user-friendly resource. Anticipated outcomes include new friendships, shaped around spiritually engaging conversations, and most importantly, relational growth in Jesus Christ. The material has been field tested some, with good results. However, there is a desire for additional testing. If interested in being part of this effort, particularly in initiating and leading a small group, please contact Pastor Harry Strauss at harry [at] forestgrovecc [dot] com or call 306-280-7147.
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Posted: Mar. 22, 2017 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9639
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: Catholic, Evangelicals, resources, Saskatoon
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : Catholic, Evangelicals, resources, Saskatoon


Luther and the Reformation – a new video resource

Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther kicked off the Protestant Reformation, which contributed to the birth of our modern age. In this one-hour special — filmed on location in Europe — Rick Steves tells the story of a humble monk who lived a dramatic life. Rick visits key sites relating to the Reformation (including Erfurt, Wittenberg, and Rome) and explores the complicated political world of 16th-century Europe — from indulgences to iconoclasts, and from the printing press to the Counter-Reformation. It’s a story of power, rebellion, and faith that you’ll never forget.
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Posted: Jan. 21, 2017 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9624
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: Martin Luther, Reformation
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Robert Stackpole: What Can Catholics Learn from Evangelicals?

A public lecture with Dr Robert Stackpole, director of the John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. This lecture is presented by the Evangelical-Catholic Dialogue of Saskatoon, and complements the April 2015 lecture “What can Evangelicals Learn from Catholics?” by Dr Gordon Smith (Ambrose University, Calgary). For further information, contact Nick Jesson (306-659-5814) or Pastor Harry Strauss (306-933-2266).

Robert has a special academic interest in ecumenical dialogue with Evangelical Christians, an interest that grew during his 10-years of teaching theology to undergraduates at Redeemer Pacific College at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC. Robert also enjoys reading and writing about the works of C.S. Lewis, and describes himself as an incurable “Narniac.” From 2012 to 2015, Robert taught at St. Therese Institute in Bruno, SK where he was the Assistant Director of Formation. During this period, he also served on the Evangelical-Roman Catholic dialogue in Saskatoon.

Since 1997, Robert has been the Research Director, and later Director, of the John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy based in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. In that capacity, he has been a speaker at many conferences, and the author and editor of numerous journal articles and books, including Divine Mercy: A Guide From Genesis To Benedict XVI (Marian Press, 2009).
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Posted: Feb. 4, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9153
Categories: Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue, ResourcesIn this article: Catholic, Evangelicals
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Catégorie : Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue, ResourcesDans cet article : Catholic, Evangelicals


Rebuild my house: Sermon to the General Synod of the Church of England by Father Raniero Cantalamessa

Father Raniero Cantalamessa delivers his sermon in Westminster Abbey during a Eucharist to mark the inauguration of the 10th five-year-term of the Church of England's General Synod

Few prophetic oracles in the Old Testament can be dated so precisely as that of Haggai, which we have just heard in the first reading. We can place it between August and December in the year 520 BC. The exiles, after the deportation to Babylon, have come back to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem. They set to work, but soon grow discouraged, each preferring to work on his own house instead. Into this situation comes the prophet Haggai, sent by God with the message we have heard.

The Word of God, once it is proclaimed, remains forever alive; it transcends situations and centuries, each time casting new light. The situation deplored by the prophet is renewed in history each time we are so absorbed in the problems and interests of our own parish, diocese, community – and even of our particular Christian denomination – that we lose sight of the one house of God, which is the Church.

The prophecy of Haggai begins with a reproof, but ends, as we heard, with an exhortation and a grandiose promise: “Go up into the hills, fetch timber and rebuild the House, and I shall take pleasure in it and manifest my glory there” – says the Lord”.

One circumstance makes this point particularly relevant. The Christian world is preparing to celebrate the fifth centenary of the Protestant Reformation. It is vital for the whole Church that this opportunity is not wasted by people remaining prisoners of the past, trying to establish each other’s rights and wrongs. Rather, let us take a qualitative leap forward, like what happens when the sluice gates of a river or a canal enable ships to continue to navigate at a higher water level.
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Posted: Nov. 25, 2015 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9185
Categories: News, ResourcesIn this article: Anglican, Catholic, Church of England, Raniero Cantalamessa, Sermon
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Truth and Relevance: Catholic Theology in French Quebec since the Quiet Revolution

Gregory Baum, <i>Truth and Relevance: Catholic Theology in French Quebec since the Quiet Revolution</i>. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-7735-4326-3

After the Quiet Revolution, the Catholic Church lost its stronghold in Quebec. Despite this decline, or perhaps because of it, contemporary Catholic thought in Quebec exhibits a bold creativity. In Truth and Relevance, Gregory Baum introduces, contextualizes, and interprets Catholic theological writing in Quebec since the 1960s, and presents this body of work for an anglophone readership.

Baum shows how Catholic theologians, inspired by the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), uncovered the social meaning in the Christian message, allowing them to address many problems and concerns of contemporary society. With reliance on the Gospel, they supported Quebec’s new self-understanding, embraced its nationalism under certain conditions, fostered social solidarity, criticized the unregulated market system, demanded gender equality, and called for respect of new religious and cultural pluralism. Leaving behind the Catholicism of Quebec’s past, these theologians embraced the humanistic values of modern society, recognizing their affinity with the Gospel, while at the same time revealing the destructive potential of modernity, its individualism, utilitarianism, relativism, and its link to empire and capitalism.
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Posted: Mar. 26, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7456
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: books, Catholic, Québec, theology
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