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Toward a Planetary Theology
José María VIGIL (editor)
M. Amaladoss, M. Barros, A. Brighenti,
E.K-F. Chia, A. Egea, P.F. Knitter, D.R. Loy,
L. Magesa, J. Neusner, I.A. Omar, T. Okure,
R. Panikkar, P.C. Phan, A. Pieris, R. Renshaw,
J.A. Robles, K.L. Seshagiri, A.M.L. Soares,
International Theological Commission of
ECUMENICAL ASSOCIATION OF THIRD WORLD THEOLOGIANS
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This book is written for all those who are preoccupied by the future of theology: Where is it headed? How far can it go? Where does it seem to be going?
The result of the investigation that this book presents, directed as it is to people devoted to theology throughout the world and in different world religions, draws a conclusion that is not only positive but a source of enthusiasm: In spite of what many believe, theology is moving, is evolving, is taking risks, is questioning itself, is asking about the transformations that have to be brought about so that it can be a theology for today and a theology for the future. As the religious discipline that it is, it has always been tinged with a halo of eternity, of unquestionability, of immutibility. It seemed that theology—that sacred science!—could not change its classical figure as patrimony of religions and Churches.
Social Ecology, Ecojustice and the New Testament
Carlos Alberto Sintado
Our planet Earth is going through an unprecedented crisis. The current ecological predicament is such that has the potential to annihilate life as we know it today. It is a global phenomenon that concerns every human being and even the whole creation itself. The international community and many organizations have issued persistent calls to change habits and behaviors as well as the basic organizational pattern of societies to make this world sustainable for future generations.
Social ecology is one of the secular disciplines that tries to understand the reasons why we have reached this point as well as suggests new ways to overcome the crisis. Ecojustice is a concern that women and men of faith articulate in order to find in the sources of their own religious traditions guiding principles and resources to confront the current world situation. In this context, people of faith ask whether the Bible has anything to say or contribute to this particular situation.
Throughout history, the Bible has been used, misused, and abused to justify almost anything, even the worst evils humanity has ever known, such as wars, slavery, racism, patriarchy, colonization, marginalization, and exploitation. Nevertheless, the Bible, as witness of the story of God’s good creation and of the pilgrimage of God’s people, has also been seen by many as providing a critical contribution to justice and peace and to the people’s commitment to safeguard God’s creation. This book reads selected New Testament texts–The Gospel of Mark, the letter to the Romans, and the Book of Revelation–using the key tenets of Social Ecology and ecojustice as a basic hermeneutical framework. It deals with three different genres–gospel, letter, and apocalypse–and suggests liberating readings that can inspire and sustain people’s commitment in the struggle to build a sustainable and more humane society, based on justice and peace for all God’s creatures.
The Spirituality of Liberation (PDF)
By Pedro Casaldáliga and José Maria Vigil
(released in PDF format by authors)
From the Prologue:
The theology of liberation had to produce a spirituality of liberation. In effect it has done so. This is the subject of this book.
This is, as one might have expected, a new spirituality, different from the traditional spirituality in which we older people were brought up. It is also a specifically Latin-Ameri- can spirituality. Like the church itself, it is no less universal for being local. And it is a realist and not a theoretical spirituality.
This spirituality is radically different from that of those who close their eyes to society and politics: that is, to the poor, to the ever-widening abyss betwen rich and poor. This means that it is different from the bourgeois spirituality of the rich and the ‘ ruling classes—though these also contain poor, blind led by blind guides, poor people who also shut their eyes, to poverty, and to themselves.
This spirituality says radical things, and the reader will find them in this book: such as that the poor are the only sacrament for salvation. And that people are divided not into believers and unbelievers, but according to their attitude to the poor.
Also from these authors, in multiple languages, The Latin American Agenda, an index of twenty-seven years of writing, collecting, editing and publishing scholarly materials on social and religious challenges, visions, progress and problems in Latin America.
The Liberation Theology of Jesus — A sermon by Rev. Dr. Roger Ray
Mother Pelican: Theological Reflections on the Need to Transcend Patriarchal Domination (The pelican is an ancient symbol of unconditional service.) Luis T. Gutiérrez, Editor — https://pelicanweb.org/
The patriarchal culture of control and domination is the root of all social and ecological violence. It corrupted the original unity of man and woman (cf. Genesis 3:16) and is now disrupting the harmony between humanity and the human habitat. Just as we are now aware that slavery and racism are moral evils, we must become aware that gender discrimination is a moral evil that must be eradicated if solidarity and sustainability are to be attained. The need to reform patriarchal structures applies to both secular and religious institutions. Overcoming patriarchy is a “sign of the times” to the extent that it fosters authentic gender solidarity and nonviolence for the good of humanity and the glory of God. Given the enormous influence of religious traditions, it is especially critical for religious institutions to extirpate any semblance of male hegemony in matters of doctrine and religious practices. read more…
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If Not Empire, What? — A Survey of the Bible From the authors, Berry Friesen and John K Stoner,
The Bible is the most diverse and time-tested set of writings we have on the intersection of life, empire and faith. It deserves careful attention in a time like ours when imperial “solutions” threaten Earth. We are simply asking people to read the Bible the way it was written—as a collection of arguments about life, love and power. Especially, we ask people to pay attention to the big argument, whether God created the world to work by the imperial paradigm of domination and homicidal power or by the peasant-and-commoner vision of compassion and community. We have placed this book into the Creative Commons and offer it to you free of charge as a PDF document. We also invite to purchase printed copies from our page on Createspace.com. For more information, please visit www.bible-and-empire.net.
Conscience Behind Bars
The Prison Letters of Norman Lowry
FREE PDF BOOK (also available as paperback)
Arrested for his acts of faith-inspired civil disobedience, Norman Lowry reflects from his prison cell on what it means to follow Jesus in a culture of perpetual war-making.
September 7, 2018 Interview with Norman Lowrey
Peace and Social Justice Show — Sept. 7, 2018
KZFR 90.1 FM People Powered Radio Chico, CA
Jewish Liberation Theology with Mordechai Liebling
A PENDLE HILL VIDEO ON YOUTUBE[In this session] We will explore developing a contemporary Jewish Theology of Liberation that takes into account our biblical tradition and yet cannot be limited by it. Some issues we will look at are the balance of particularism and universalism, inclusivity, balancing the Divine Nature of “I Shall Be What I Shall Be” with the Divine Nature of “This Is What Is”, or differently, “There shall be no poor among you” with “There will always be poor.” This will all be in the context of addressing the fierce urgency of now and will be informed by other traditions. There will be a significant experiential component.
Published by Pendle Hill. Pendle Hill is a Quaker study, retreat, and conference center welcoming all for Spirit-led learning and community, located in Wallingford, Pennsylvania.
The Spiral of Violence (free PDF copy – 6MB) is a classic statement (1971) of many of the concerns of liberation theology by Dom Helder Camara, Archbishop of Olinda and Recife in the underdeveloped northeast of Brazil. Dom Helder Camara is often remembered for having said, “When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a Communist.” This PDF copy was produced by Alastair McIntosh.
Getting the Poor Down From the Cross: A Christology of Liberation Complied by Jose-Maria Vigil on behalf of the International Theological Commission. More than 40 Co-Authors: Leonardo BOFF (foreword), Tissa BALASURIYA, Marcelo BARROS, Teófilo CABESTRERO, Oscar CAMPANA, Víctor CODINA, José COMBLIN, CONFER de Nicaragua, Lee CORMIE, Eduardo DE LA SERNA, José ESTERMANN, Benedito FERRARO, Eduardo FRADES, Luis Arturo GARCÍA DÁVALOS, Ivone GEBARA, Eduardo HOORNAERT, Diego IRARRÁZAVAL, Jung Mo SUNG, Paul KNITTER, João Batista LIBÂNIO, María y José Ignacio LÓPEZ VIGIL, Carlos MESTERS, Alberto PARRA, Richard RENSHAW, Jean RICHARD, Pablo RICHARD, Luis RIVERA PAGÁN, José SÁNCHEZ SÁNCHEZ, Stefan SILBER, Ezequiel SILVA, Alfonso Mª Ligório SOARES, José SOLS LUCIA, Paulo SUESS, Luiz Carlos SUSIN, Faustino TEIXEIRA, Pedro TRIGO, José María VIGIL, and Jon SOBRINO (epilogue). Available in English, Spanish and Italian.
World Latin American Agenda 2009 is a collection of articles representing the latest thinking along the boundary when faith encounters oppression. The 2009 edition is about 250 pages and explores the theme “Towards A New Socialism: Utopia Continues.” Click the following links for…
The Violence of Love by Archbishop Oscar Romero From the publisher: From the stirring foreword by Henri Nouwen to the last page of Romero’s text, this powerful little volume of eloquent, simple meditations never wastes a word. Yet the real depth of Romero’s message lies not in his words themselves, poetic as they are. It lies in the life they give witness to: the hard life of a man who was martyred for his faith. Thus The Violence of Love gives more insight, perhaps, than any biographical account of his life. [Many thanks to Plough Publishing House for making this book available in free English and Spanish PDF editions.] Free PDF file Order paperback online (from booksellers in several countries) more about Archbishop Oscar Romero
Jesus and the Nonviolent Revolution by André Trocmé From the publisher: André Trocmé (1901-1971) is famous for his role in saving thousands of Jews from the Nazis, as pastor of the French village of Le Chambon. But his bold deeds did not spring from a void. They were rooted in his understanding of Jesus’ way of nonviolence and the social implications of Jesus’ proclamation of the Kingdom of God on earth. In this book, you’ll encounter a Jesus you may have never met before — a Jesus who not only calls for spiritual transformation, but for practical changes that answer the most perplexing political, economic, and social problems of our time. [Many thanks to Plough Publishing House for making this book available in a free PDF edition.]
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The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. edited by Clayborne Carson (selected chapters online)
From the publisher: A professor of history and the noted author and editor of several books on the civil rights struggle, Dr. Clayborne Carson was selected by the estate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to edit and publish Dr. King’s papers. Drawing upon an unprecedented archive of King’s own words –including unpublished letters and diaries, as well as video footage and recordings — Dr. Carson creates an unforgettable self-portrait of Dr. King. In his own vivid, compassionate voice, here is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as student, minister, husband, father, and world leader…as well as a rich, moving chronicle of a people and a nation in the face of powerful-and still resonating-change.
The following selected chapters are available free of charge in web page format as part of the King Papers project at Stanford University. We gratefully acknowledge the King family and The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford University for making this work available to the public. (You can purchase this book from online bookstores around the world through this Link to Global-Find-A-Book.)
A Knock at Midnight Martin Luther King, Jr.
With fiery words of hope, wisdom, and a passion for justice that resonate as much today as they did years ago, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., stirred the deepest convictions of listeners everywhere, inspiring them to extraordinary acts of courage and perseverance that ignited one of the most influential movements of the twentieth century.
Knock at Midnight is the definitive collection of eleven of Dr. King’s most powerful and spiritual sermons, moving and meaningful words to live by for everyone. Compiled by Stanford historian Dr. Clayborne Carson, director of the King Papers Project, and by contributing editor Peter Holloran, this volume covers the full range of Dr. King’s preaching career, from the earliest known audio recording of King preaching to his last sermon, delivered just days before his assassination.
Especially featured are the title sermon, among Dr. King’s favorite and most challenging, and seven sermons never before seen in print. A Knock at Midnight also includes eleven important introductions by some of the renowned ministers and theologians of our time: Reverend Billy Graham, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Bishop T. J. Jakes, among others. Here they share their personal reflections on the sermons and firsthand accounts of the events surrounding their delivery.
With humor, insight, and a fierce and unstoppable desire for equality, as well as deeply felt compassion, A KNOCK AT MIDNIGHT is Dr. King’s voice today. It stands as one of his enduring legacies … and a resounding call to the soul. It not only reveals words that shaped our history, but lives and breathes with an urgency and relevance that inspires the greatness in us all. “I am convinced that Martin’s faith in the precious, embracing, amazing love of God was rewarded… Several years after his death I saw my friend in a dream. ‘It’s all right, Vincent. It is well with my soul.’ Somehow that message seemed large enough for me, for all of us, forever.” –DR. VINCENT HARDING
The individual chapters of this book are available free of charge in web page or pdf format by clicking on the chapter titles below. We gratefully acknowledge the King family and The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford University for making this work available to the public. (You can purchase this book from online bookstores around the world through this Link to Global-Find-A-Book.)
Contents: (available online — click title)
- 28 February 1954
- Rediscovering Lost Values
- 4 November 1956
- Paul’s Letter to American Christians
- 17 November 1957
- Loving Your Enemies
- A Knock at Midnight
- 4 July 1965
- The American Dream
- 5 June 1966
- Guidelines for a Constructive Church
- 9 April 1967
- The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life
- 27 August 1967
- Why Jesus Called a Man a Fool
- 4 February 1968
- The Drum Major Instinct
- 3 March 1968
- Unfulfilled Dreams
- 31 March 1968
- Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution
- 5 December 1955
- MIA Mass Meeting at Holt Street Baptist Church
- 7 April 1957
- “The Birth of a New Nation,” Sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
- 17 May 1957
- “Give Us the Ballot,” Address at the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom
- 23 June 1963
- Speech at the Great March on Detroit
- 28 August 1963
- “I Have a Dream,” Address at March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
- 18 September 1963
- “Eulogy for the Martyred Children”
- 10 December 1964
- Acceptance Speech at Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony
- 25 March 1965
- “Our God Is Marching On!”
- 4 April 1967
- “Beyond Vietnam”
- 16 August 1967
- “Where Do We Go From Here?”
- 3 April 1968
- “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”
Order online from bookstores in many countries M O R E O F DR. K I N G ‘ S W O R K : See our page featuring Dr. King’s books and sermons.
Selected books of Fr. Tissa Balasuriya OMI, in PDF or web page format. from https://tissabalasuriya.wordpress.com/
2009 Charity in Truth
1991 Right Relationships
1984 Planetary Theology
A Buddhist approach to affirmation, protest and witnessing for peace…
News From True Cultivators by Heng Sure & Heng Ch’au. An American Pilgrimage – Three Steps, One Bow for Peace 352 Pages -Text & Photos (1.6 MB PDF file may take up to 30 seconds to download) – Free
The letters of Heng Sure and Heng Ch’au… Three steps and a bow. That’s how they walked it. Two monks on a pilgrimage of peace that took them through a series of wide-ranging encounters and extraordinary experiences — within and without. These letters and photos are a record of their amazing journey.
Two American Buddhist monks on a journey of a lifetime, from downtown Los Angeles to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas in Talamage, California. A journey of more than 800 miles that took two years and nine months to complete. They bowed in peace, and for peace. Touching their foreheads to the ground, opening their hearts with one wish for the world. Peace. For everyone, everyday, everywhere.
From the large and wonderfully generous Urban Dharma Library of free Buddhist e-books
“Green” liberation spirituality streaming video workshop/lecture series now available…
Eco-philosopher, teacher, writer, mother, and friend-of-all-life, Joanna Macy, has generously consented to share free of charge with all who may be interested, the heart of her current teaching and training work.
“The most remarkable feature of this historical moment on Earth is not that we are on the way to destroying the world — we’ve actually been on the way for quite a while. It is that we are beginning to wake up, as from a millennia-long sleep, to a whole new relationship to our world, to ourselves and each other.” J. Macy
YouTube videos on Liberation Theology
Black Liberation Theology PBS Bill Moyers Interviews Jeremiah Wright
A Conversation with James Cone Trinity Institute’s Bob Scott talks with theologian James H. Cone about race, religion and violence.
Pax Christi USA interview with Jon Sobrino, SJ (PART ONE) PART TWO Pax Christi USA honored Rev. Jon Sobrino, SJ with the Pax Christi USA Book Award for 2008 at its annual gathering at the School of the Americas Vigil and Action on Friday, November 21. Rev. Sobrino, the sole suriving member of the Jesuit community following the massacre by SOA graduates in November 1989, which claimed the lives of 6 of his brother Jesuits, their co-worker and her daughter, was honored for his book, No Salvation Outside the Poor: Prophetic-Utopian Essays, published by Orbis Books.