MR-NET  News #16

 

 
 01 April 2004   

  SVD Mission Research Network  
Mission Secretariat - Rome   

The 15th SVD General Chapter urged that all SVD mission researchers be in very close collaboration, and to focus their study and teaching on concrete issues that can help improve our missionary service, and make it responsive to present needs. And so, this occasional email bulletin shares ideas, opinions, resources and hopes about SVD mission research.

In this bulletin:

1. Mantovani - ANTHROPOS INSTITUTE WEB SITE

2. Grodz - ISLAM DAY IN POLAND

3. Editorial Verbo Divino - SPANISH LANGUAGE RESOURCES FOR MISSION STUDIES

4. Pushpa Anbu - ENCOURAGING YOUNG CONFRERES IN ISLAMIC DIALOGUE

5. RECENT PUBLICATIONS


1. Mantovani - ANTHROPOS INSTITUTE WEB SITE

Ennio Mantovani (AUS), the Coordinator of Anthropos Institute, sends the following notice of recent developments.

"The Anthropos Institute has two new members: Dariusz Piwowarczyk (POL) and John Zgraggen (SWI). Dariusz is an anthropologist who received his Ph.D. in Washington D.C. while John received his in Canberra. John, who has worked in PNG, has one of the greatest collections of 'stories' from the North Coast of PNG.

"The SVD website of the Dorish Maru College in Melbourne now hosts a web for Anthropos Institute. http://www.svd.org.au/anthropos.htm  There you will find the full list of the Anthropos Members and a list of confreres studying for a degree in social and religious studies.

"There is also a report from Antoon Postma, one of our Institute members who works in Mindoro among the Mangyan. The report speaks not only of the recent achievements but, in passing, it reminds one also of the many years of hard work needed to come to these achievements."

[For more information contact Ennio Mantovani at cai_svd@hotmail.com.]

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2. Grodz - ISLAM DAY IN POLAND

Stanislaw Grodz (POL) sends a brief report of SVD participation in a day dedicated to prayer for Muslims. 

"Every year we pray for unity among Christians, especially during the week between 18th and 25th January. A series of ecumenical prayer meetings and accompanying events have taken firm root in our liturgical calendar. For some time now this week has been preceded by a Judaism Day (17th January). In the year 2000, the Bishops’ Conference of Poland approved a proposal made to the Committee for the Dialogue with Non-Christian Religions by the Common Council of Catholics and Muslims in Poland to celebrate the 26th of January as a Day of Prayer Dedicated to Islam. The idea behind this rather awkward name was to create opportunities for building mutual understanding between Christians and Muslims. A prayerful gathering or a conference including elements of prayer with the presence and participation of Muslim representatives have become means of carrying out the initiative. In 2002 the name of the event was changed to Islam Day in the Catholic Church in Poland.

"At first the Bishops’ Conference approved the initiative somewhat tentatively, agreeing to a single event for 2001. However, that approval was renewed in the following years. The increasing number of people involved in commemorating Islam Day with each passing year indicates that the initiative has expanded beyond being a merely symbolic event staged only in the capital. This year's celebrations proved that "Islam Day in the Catholic Church in Poland" would become a constant feature in the church calendar. In this way the Christians praying for their unity among themselves are invited not to loose sight of believers from other monotheistic traditions and are reminded of the common origin and common destiny of all people on earth.

"Various religious and academic circles in different towns and cities have organized the celebrations of Islam Day. The SVD in Poland has also done its share in putting theory into practice. Adam Was (POL) actively participated in a half-day academic session on Islam organized in 2001 by Jacek J. Pawlik (POL) and other staff members at the Theological Faculty of the Warminsko-Mazurski University in Olsztyn, to which our major seminary in Pieniezno is affiliated. Then, in 2002 Adam took active part in the central celebration in Warsaw at the Jesuit church of St. Andrew Bobola. In 2003 Adam together with the seminary staff and students organized an event in Pieniezno with the participation of the Tatar Muslim community from Gdansk. The Tatar Muslim community from Bialystok was invited to Pieniezno to mark the day this year. In 2004 Stanislaw Grodz together with a group of students from the Catholic University of Lublin invited representatives of the Muslim Students Association to the university chapel in Lublin for a prayer of adoration of God.

"Although the Muslim community in Poland is rather tiny, at least for the time being, all the initiatives that focus on creating atmosphere of mutual understanding and respect are very important. It is a good sign that this initiative, started as an 'official one,' has gained a wider public recognition."

[For more information contact Stan Grodz at: stang@poczta.onet.pl ]

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3. EVD - SPANISH LANGUAGE RESOURCES FOR MISSION STUDIES

The 2004 Catalogue from Editorial Verbo Divino (EVD), our publishing house in Spain, shows a very healthy list of publications of interest to many scholars, and in particular to Mission Researchers. The Editorial has always given greatest emphasis to the publication of Bibles and biblical materials.  But in addition it publishes some works of theology, spirituality and pastoral ministry.  I would like to highlight two series which are of special interest for mission researchers and for those who are offering courses in mission studies in Spanish speaking settings.

The series Misión sin Fronteras includes 13 works, many of which are translations of important works from Asia and Africa. Authors include Aloysius Pieris (Sri Lanka),  Michael Amaladoss (India), Kosuke Koyama (Japan), Jen-Marc Ela (Cameroon), Eleazar Fernández (Philippines), Mercy Amba Oduyoye (Ghana), Sebastian Karotemprel (India). Given the rather limited number of Spanish language works reflecting on the varied experiences from the local churches around the world, this series makes a very important contribution.

The series, Para Leer, Vivir, Comprender, currently includes 62 works. The series can perhaps best be understood as a serious, sustained effort to help develop a reading of the "signs of the times." Each author tries to give a basic introduction to a topic or discipline and encourage the reader to come to a better and more critical understanding of a major area of our complicated world. Some titles give the wide ranging nature of the series: Para vivir el matrimonio, Para comprender la antropología, Para conocer el islam, para conocer las sectas, Para comprender la parroquia, Para comprender las nuevas formas de religión, Para orientar la familia posmoderna...

[The catalogue is available on the internet at www.verbodivino.es  You can write to Editorial Verbo Divino at evd@verbodivino.es.]

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4. Pushpa Anbu - ENCOURAGING YOUNG CONFRERES IN ISLAMIC DIALOGUE

Pushpa Anbu (INC), who has recently completed a doctoral degree in Islamic studies at Islam University of Delhi Aligarh Muslim University, has for several years been active in the Islamic Studies Association of India.  Recently he served as issue editor for the January 2004 issue of Salaam, a quarterly publication of the Islamic Studies Association that aims at promoting understanding of Islam.  He has been successful in encouraging other SVDs to get more involved in Islamic dialogue as is evidenced by the fact that two young SVDs wrote articles for the most recent issue of the Quarterly. 

Naveen Rebello (INC), a seminarian at our Philosophate in Bhopal  wrote on " The Basic Principles of Islam."  Anthony Govindu (INC), also a seminarian at Bhopal wrote on "Quran: Living Voice of Muslims."  Both articles aim to present an accurate and sympathetic introduction to the fundamentals of Islamic religious practice.

In the Introduction-Editorial Pushpa writes:

"Dialogue with our Muslim brethren is the need of the hour. We need to have a new vision of Muslims - not as suicide bombers, or members of terrorist organizations, but a generation of young people rooted in faith and anxious for dialogue... For us Christians, dialogue should become part of our life, method of our apostolate and genuine way of life. We are called to become ' persons of dialogue' and make our communities ' schools of dialogue.' ...Let our inter-religious journey bring us closer to each other and bring about mutual understanding, and respond to the challenges we face in this century."

[You can contact Pushpa at anbusvd@rediffmail.com.]

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5. RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Franz-Josef Eilers (PHC), Communicating in Ministry and Mission: An Introduction to Pastoral and Evangelizing Communication: Manila, Logos (Divine Word) Publications, 2003, ISBN: 971-510-168-2.  This book is a continuation and extension of Eilers' Introduction to Social Communication: Communication in Community.  "This book unfolds the basic needs and directions for the communications dimension in pastoral ministry and evangelization. This is a first attempt to develop and present some essentials in the growing field of pastoral communication and breaking ground in the direction of communication in evangelization." (Preface) [eilers@euroseek.com]

Ladislav Nemet (HUN), Teologija stvaranja (Theology of Creation, Zagreb: Kršćanska sadašnjost, 2003). The book is in the classical handbook form, written for students in Croatia. It is guided by the idea that all wisdom and knowledge (religious Revelation and the “truths” of human sciences) have their ultimate source in the same God. The author seeks to find a synthesis between the truths of the Catholic teaching on creation and the modern understandings of different sciences on the same topic. Dividing the book in five chapters, the author starts with some methodological remarks on the relationship between faith and modern sciences, on the understanding of the biblical Revelation and the exegesis of this Revelation. The second chapter presents the teaching of Catholic Church on the issues grouped around the creation of the universe and non-living realities. The question of the creation of human beings, their role in the world and in the human society, according to biblical and magisterial sources, is presented in the third chapter. The fourth chapter is dedicated to the questions of sin in general and to the sinfulness of human beings (original sin). In the same chapter the main accent is put on the merciful and redeeming answer of God to this reality in the creation. In the last chapter the topic of non-human intelligent beings (angels, demons and Satan) is presented according to the contemporary teaching of the Magisterium. [l.nemet@steyler.at]

José Antunes da Silva (POR), A Caminho de Santiago, Lisboa: Paulinas, 2004, ISBN 972-751-597-5. The work describes the Portuguese Road to Santiago de Compostela.  While giving some concrete advise to pilgrims making the journey on foot or on bicycle, it also seeks to give some counsel of a more interior and spiritual nature. While weekly Church attendance has declined in the past few years, especially among young people in Europe, pilgrimages have become even more popular.  Antunes' reflections seem an interesting effort to enter into dialogue with "faith-seekers." [j.antunes@verbodivino.pt]

Karl Heinz Arenz (BRA), "Chez les 'Caboclos'", Spiritus No. 174, Mars 2004, explores appropriate steps for an adequate inculturation rooted in the Caboclos experience of God. [carlosarenz@yahoo.com]

Franz Gassner (OES), "Formation pour la Mission aujourd'hui," Spiritus No. 174, Mars 2004 reflects on requirements for an adequate initial program of formation for mission. [a8526403@unet.univie.ac.at]

Phil Gibbs (PNG), "Pearls in the Deep: Inculturation and 'Eccelsia in Oceania'," SEDOS Bulletin  January/February 2004, argues that "community, inculturation and a renewed proclamation of the Gospel... are the key themes... from the Synod... (and that) these themes cannot be taken in isolation... inculturation and/or contextualisation must be an essential element in planning for the future." [pgibbs@online.net.pg]

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