"Justice, Peace and Creation Team, World Council of Churches".
"April 2005". -- inside front cover.
"So as to engage the churches and the wider ecumenical family in confronting these realities, this background document explores the question of how the churches and the wider ecumenical family can respond to the human tragedies rooted in the project of economic globalization. Entitled `Alternative globalization addressing peoples and earth (AGAPE)', this document was drafted by a small group of representatives from churches and related organizations. The text is based on the finding of a series of church consultations and studies on globalization organized by the WCC and other ecumenical organizations over the period since the 1998 WCC assembly in Harare. It is hoped that this process will produce an AGAPE call to action to the next WCC assembly in Porto Alegre in 2006. .... The aim of this document is to inspire the churches and the wider ecumenical movement to continue to address current global problems so as to respond resolutely to the intolerable levels of poverty in our world". -- Foreword, p. [iii].
Contents: Foreword dated Geneva, March 2005 / Rogate R. Mshana -- The Agape challenge -- Plea for an Agape economy of life -- Just trade -- Just finance -- Transformative action and living alternatives -- Milestones on the ecumenical journey : texts decisions and actions -- Conclusion -- Appendix.
Appendix is diagram/flowchart of "The AGAPE process" on inside back cover.
"This book by Jehu Hanciles, who is himself an immigrant from Sierra Leone, could not be timelier. He argues that the rapid exchange of ideas, investments, people, and products that we know as globalization is having a very surprising effect. While we Americans often think of it as bringing Coca Cola to the world and exporting factory jobs to lower-wage nations, Hanciles argues that globalization is propelling a great increase in personal mobility, and that people on the move are bringing their own ideas and outlook with them. The great majority of the new immigrants to the United States are Christians, Hanciles informs us, but their faith is not merely another American cultural import. It partakes of their unique views of life and of God's work in the world. The United States would be moving much more rapidly toward a post-Christian status, he argues, were it not for these fresh infusions of believers. With a focus on the hundreds of African immigrant congregations arising in our cities and suburbs, Hanciles gives us an intimate look at the new missions movement happening in our land. It will change the character of American Christianity, he insists, and perhaps, of Christianity worldwide". -- Foreword.
Contents divided into three main parts: Transforming the Margins -- Migration and the New World Order -- Mobile Faiths.
Contents: List of Figures -- Acknowledgements -- A Note on Sources and Documentation -- Foreword / Joel B. Carpenter -- Introduction -- Globalization: Descriptions, Debates and Destinies -- Globalization or Culture: "We Are the World" -- Cultures of Globalization: Funny Things about Elephants -- The Birth and Bankruptcy of Christendom -- Twentieth Century Transformations: Global Christianity and Western Intellectual Captivity -- "A Wandering Aramean Was My Ancestor": Exile, Migration and Mission in Biblical Perspective -- The Making of a New World Order: Empire, Migration and Christian Mission -- South-North Migration: Old Story, New Endings -- African Migrations: A Single Bracelet Does Not Jingle -- The Emperor Has New Clothes: Assimilation and the Remaking of the West -- Immigration and Religion: Reflections on Islam -- Sacred Canopies: Immigrant Congregations and American Religious Life -- On the Road with Ancestors: America's New African Immigrants -- Have Faith, Will Travel: African Migrants and the Making of a New Missionary Movement -- African Immigrant Churches in America: "Switch Off Mobile Phones, The Only Urgent Call" -- Conclusion: New Age, New Movement, Old Mission -- Appendix 1: List of African Christian Leaders and Pastors in Kenya and Ghana Interviewed in Spring 2004 -- Appendix 2: List of Churches in the Study -- Select Bibliography -- Index.
"This seventh volume of 'The Churches in International Affairs' reproduces basic documents related to the work of the Commission, the development of ecumenical policy and the actions taken by the World Council of Churches in the field of international affairs between 1995 and 1998". -- Foreword, p. .
Contents: Foreword -- Abbreviations -- Moderator's Introduction dated Columbia, South Carolina, April 2004 / Janice Love -- Director's Introduction dated Geneva, Marech 2004 / Dwain C. Epps -- International Issues and Trends -- Environmental Justice -- Global Economy -- Human Rights -- Peace and Disarmament -- United Nations Relations -- Uprooted People -- Regional Concerns -- By-Laws of the Board for International Affairs (CCIA) -- CCIA Membership -- CCIA Meetings -- CCIA Staff.
Each major section sub-divided into subjects then regions or countries and then into individual items.
Contents include "Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide", "Petition Campaign on Climate Change", "Statement on Globalization", "Appeal for adoption of the draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples", "International Campaign to Ban Landmines".
"I will try to discuss the relationship of culture to spirit and worship from the perspective of the Brazil. I shall divide this presentation into three parts: the first one will deal with the question of culture in a global civilization taking into account the resisting function of the experience of contextualization, the understanding of spirit in this global civilization and the meaning of the loss of the spirit in what I will call the dumbing down of culture, and with the way worship works as the expession of a spiritual culture. The second part will examine the relationship of culture to ideology and will try to understand how the Anglican Communion acts as an ideological society. It will see spirit as utopia, against ideology, functioning as the possibility of opening the Church to the new. This is going to be related to our ecumenical commitment. Worship, as cultural creation, will be dealt with as the possibility of bringing together ideology (to be redeemed) with utopia (to be actualized). The third part of this paper will deal with the relationship of culture to modernity and shall criticize the traditional theology of essences, viewed particularly in the theology of culture of Paul Tillich. Spirit will be related to postmodernity and will show possibilities of a new approach to liturgy through fragmentation, emotion, poetry and the arts. Finally I will try to relate worship to mysticism and will set it into the new understanding of the end of philosophy according to Heidegger. The conclusion will show some possibilities of a fresh approach to liturgy in the non-English world (pp. 47-48)".
"In order to stretch Anglican worship beyond the `Book of Common Prayer' we should also develop a contextualized theological thinking open to the new trends of postmodernity, i.e. relating it to the arts and to mysticism. This new theological thinking would take into consideration the place of beauty, and therefore pleasure, in the liturgical life of the church" (p. 62).
Author is a priest in the Anglican Diocese of Sao Paulo and Professor of Aesthetics and Liturgy in the Graduate School of Sciences of Religion at the Methodist University of Sao Paulo.
"The 4th W.A. Visser 't Hooft Memorial Consultation was held at the Chateau de Bossey, near Geneva, Switzerland, from June 1 to 8, 1999. Following the lines of the three previous consultations, attention was focussed on matters related to the construction of a sustainable society. Participants reflected on the relationship among democracy, sustainablility and globalization. The main questions that oriented the dialogue concerned what should be done to put into action the agreements and conventions elaborated by the international community towards making a sustainable society. How should we move from these agreements and conventions into contracts that oblige nations and other international agencies to participate in actions favourable for environmental sustainablility ? What can churches and Christian communities contribute to the formulation and enforcement of democratic contracts ? This volume presents the main contributions made for the organization and debate of the consultation, as well as the final report agreed to by the participants." -- Preface, p. [vii].
Includes bibliographical references.
Contents: Preface : Democracy for a Sustainable Society in the Context of Economic Globalization / Julio de Santa Ana -- People's Participation in Building a Just and Sustainable Society / Lukas Vischer -- Moral Hospitality for Public Reasoners : Covenant Models for Contemporary Social Contracts ? / Lewis S. Mudge -- Towards a 'Sustainable' Global Welfare Society / Riccardo Petrella -- Facing the Power of the Market / Margie Tolstoy -- The Role of the World Trade Organization / Jan-Eirik Sorenson -- Working on Contracts / John M. Francis -- Contracts and International Law / Leonardo Franco -- Implementing Conventions / Vaclav Mezricky -- Covenanting in the Bible / Hans-Ruedi Weber -- New Roles for NGOs / Ruth E. Lechte -- The Need for Spiritual Empowerment / Sulak Sivaraksa -- Struggling for Democracy : Two Case Studies from South Africa / Lindy Wilson -- A Challenge to the NGOs / Jose Chipenda -- The Church : Advocate of Democracy / Joyce Seroke -- Democracy between Religion and the Secular / K.C. Abraham -- Giving Account of the Hope / Madeleine Strub-Jaccoud -- Democracy, Sustainability and the Church / Rapporteur: Lewis S. Mudge.
"This collection of essays has been produced about the same time as HM Government's second White Paper on international development, `Eliminating World Poverty: Making Globalisation Work for the Poor' which was published in December 2000. It has been designed to be read alongside the White Paper offering comments from distinctively Christian points of view on many of the issues raised in it." -- Intro. p. xiii.
"How can governments, international organizations and civil society work together to ensure that globalization works to the advantage, rather than the detriment, of the world's poor ? This question remains central to recent debates about globalization. Looking at diverse areas such as international development, world trade, HIV/AIDS and e-commerce, this collection of essays helps Christians to grapple with the complexity of globalization and what it means to be Christian in a global context." -- back cover.
Contents: Contributors -- Foreword / Tom Butler, Bishop of Southwark, Chair, Board for Social Responsibility -- Introduction / Humphrey Taylor, Bishop of Selby, Chair, International and Development Affairs Committee -- Globalization and the Church : an overview / Ian Linden -- The Role of the Church in overseas development / Kevin Ward -- General Synod and international development : the triumph of hope over experience / Charles Reed -- The UK's aid programme / John Montagu -- HIV/AIDS : a window on development / Gillian Paterson -- The Environment : treading more lightly on the earth / David Gosling -- The Role of business in development / Peter Malcolm -- Corruption : good governance vs Corruption Incorporated / Karl Ziegler -- Trade / Jennifer Potter -- Global Institutions / Claire Melamed -- The Silent word still speaks : globalization and the interpretation of Scripture / Peter Selby -- The World Faiths Development Dialogue : an interfaith response to poverty and development in an age of globalization / Wendy Tyndale -- Addressing exclusion in an urbanizing world / Andrew Davey -- The Role of British mission agencies and dioceses in international development / Mark Oxbrow -- Christian Aid and the Church of England : partners in development / Daleep Mukarji.
"As international economic change accelerates and globalization becomes inevitable, Christians and others have asked: Are there any fair and viable alternatives to global capitalism ? University of Chicago theologian Kathryn Tanner answers affirmatively in this creative proposal for evaluating economic theory and a practical program for change. She finds in the Christian story an unyielding concern with economic matters and specific principles of economics and economic justice that can be brought into conversation with global capitalism today. At the heart of that story is the reality of God's gift of grace, a noncompetitive relationship that models a very different type of economy". -- back cover.
Contents: Preface -- Acknowledgements -- An Economy of Grace ? -- Imagining Alternatives to the Present Economic System -- Putting a Theological Economy to Work -- Notes -- Index.
Spanish language translation of: Writing in the dust.
"Febrero 2003". -- verso of t.-p.
"Edicion de cubierta blanda publicada en 2002. Esta edicion cubana fue producida por la Secretaria de Comunicaciones JEC en Febrero 2003. Traduccion y Edicion: Leonel Abaroa Bolona. Correccion: Ailed Villabla Aquino". -- verso of t.-p.
"[By] Rowan Williams".
The author, Primate of the Church in Wales, was at Trinity Church, Wall Street, on 11 September 2001 when the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center took place. "In this small, poignant volume, written in the weeks following September 11, Williams reflects on the meaning of that horrific day. This is not a book of academic theology or a program for action. Rather, as the author says, it is one person's heartfelt attempt to find words for the grief, shock, and loss following one of America's darkest days. After the 11th, Williams asks, what are we prepared to learn ? He believes we need time and opportunity to grieve -- but also to ask whether anything can grow through this terrible moment. His insightful meditations touch on a range of subjects, from the proper use of religious language, the need to foster responsible emotions, and the opportunity for careful self-reflection to the nature of globalization, questions of `just war', and the dehumanizing use of symbols." -- inside front cover of English edition.
Contents: Presentacion de una edicion cubana / Lic. Carlos Eduardo Exposito Irarragorri, Seminario Evengelico de Teologia, Matanzas, Febrero y del 2003 a.D. --Prologo -- Ultimas Palabras -- La Respuesta -- El Fin de la Guerra -- Vecindario Global -- Contra los Simbolos -- Epilogo.
The author "proposes a transformation of those processes of globalization which have brought into being a complex system of mutual interdependence as well as mutual suspicions that often end in violence. Beginning with an examination of the root causes and long-term implications of international cooperation and cross-cultural hostility, he argues for the creation of an `ecumenical space' for dialogue and the building of community. Recognizing that religious sentiments and affiliations underlie many contemporary conflicts, Raiser challenges any attempt to co-opt the teachings of `peace, shalom and salaam' as justifications for violence. Noting the complexity of humanitarian intervention by military powers, he opposes the return to a `logic of war' and calls for the strengthening of peaceful, political means of conflict resolution". -- back cover.
Contents divided into three main sections: Transforming Globalization -- Towards a Culture of Reconciliation and Peace -- Moral and Spiritual Formation for a Culture of Life.
Contents: Introduction -- Globalization: The Concept and its Meaning -- Historical Roots of Globalization -- Global Capitalism: A Critical Assessment -- Democratizing the International Order -- Can Religion "Civilize" Globalization ? -- The Ecumenical Vision: An Alternative ? -- Reconsidering Peace and Justice -- Overcoming Violence -- Is the "Clash of Civilizations" Unavoidable ? -- Human Rights: Foundation for a Culture of Peace -- Reconciliation: A Challenge to the Churches -- Transforming Globalization and Violence -- Moral and Spiritual Formation -- The Vision of the Oikoumene.
"This is a study of 'renewal movements' in three denominations -- The Episcopal Church (TEC), the United Methodist Church (UMC), and the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) -- and their Christian conservative allies. Renewal movements are theologically and socially conservative groupings in mainline U.S. Protestant churches. The report examines the way these movements are partnering with African religious leaders as part of a strategy to destabilize and and halt the progressive social witness of U.S. mainline churches while promoting homophobia in both Africa and the United States. 'Social witness' is a term describing how churches respond to God's call to work for peace and justice. There has been little systematic, on-the-ground research about the connections in Africa until the Political Research Associates commissioned this report. .... 'African' unless otherwise stated refers to the people of Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya". -- Intro., p. 2.
Contents: Foreword dated November 2009 / Tarso Luis Ramos, Executive Director, Political Research Associates, Somerville, Massachusetts -- Acknowledgements / Kapya Kaoma -- [Table of] Contents -- Introduction -- Executive Summary -- Globalizing the Culture Wars -- Progress Social Witness, Renewal Movements, and African Churches -- Family Values and Homosexuality: The Africa Context -- Follow the Money -- Money and Schism -- Homosexuality and Imperialism -- Collateral Damage: Antigay Lobbying and Legislation in Africa -- African Involvement in the Episcopal Church -- Changing African Church Leadership -- Takeover: The Conservatives' Ultimate Goal -- Renewal Movement Tactics -- Divide and Conquer -- IRD Ghostwrites for African Religious Leaders -- Looking Back; Looking Forward -- Recommendations -- Appendix -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index -- PRA Project Team and Advisory Committee -- About the Publisher.
"Project Director Kapya Kaoma is an Anglican priest from Zambia now leading churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. -- p. 40.
Downloaded Press release from Political Research Associates entitled "Groundbreaking PRA Investigation Exposes Influence of U.S. Religious Conservatives in Promoting Homophobia in Africa" [19 November 2009] laid in with report. http://www.publiceye.org/publications/globalizing-the-culture-wars/press-release.php