Liberative Solidarity: Contemporary Perspectives on Mission by K. C. Abraham
Rev. Dr. K. C. Abraham is a presbyter of
the Church of south India and a leading Third World theologian. He is director of the South Asia theological
Research Institute, Bangalore, India and director of the board of theological
Education of the Senate of Serampore College. The book was published by
Christava Sahitya Samithi, Tiruvalle, April 1996, and is used by permission of
the publisher. This material was prepared for Religion Online by Ted &
The perspective on mission is still a point of
debate. There is need for a careful
assessment of the style and purpose of mission in the emerging context of a
pluriform society. The praxis of
mission is closely related to the discovery of who Christ is among us and who
he is for.
Forward by James H. Cone
Although Rev. Dr. K. C. Abraham writes to and
for the people of India, his message has meaning for all Christians and other
justice seeking people who are committed to creating a global village that
protects the rights of the poor and provides space for the affirmation of their
Chapter 1: Perspectives on Mission
A discussion of models of mission that
have emerged in the modern period as the Church responds to the challenges of
other faiths and socio-political realties in India. These models include Church Discipleship, Proclamation,
Liberation, and Dialogue.
Chapter 2: Mission and Ministry as Celebration and Sharing of Life
In India there is an awakening among the poor in
all the religions to their dignity and selfhood which has been suppressed by
age-old traditions and culture. They are demanding a critical review of the
fundamentals of their faiths from the perspective of liberation.
Chapter 3: Towards a Theology of Mission in Asia
When mission is directed towards the
organization of the poor or when it has resulted in creating a new
consciousness among the oppressed about their rights, then in India it is
accused as being anti-national. We have two choices: to take seriously the
subversive character of mission and face its consequence, or to carry on with
activities -- charitable, developmental, and others -- which will not cause any
tremor in the existing system of things.
Chapter 4: Liberative Solidarity: Church in Witness and Reconciliation
In order to evolve an alternate form of development
which is wholistic and more humane, we need to listen to the experiences of the
indigenous and tribal people -- their communitarian life and their bond with
the earth. But, by and large, our churches are mere spectators, incapable of
responding to their needs.
Chapter 5: Peace And Justice In Indian Context
The religions of India should see the relevance
of the new secular framework that is emerging. It is based on certain values
which they all together can affirm -- the values of justice, equality and
Chapter 6: Mission in the Context of Endemic Poverty and Affluence
We need a spirituality that is inclusive rather
than exclusive, active as well as receptive, oriented to the coming of God’s
Kingdom of righteousness and freedom throughout the world. We need a
spirituality of liberation that will open us increasingly to a life of
solidarity with others, especially with the poor.
Chapter 7: From Diakonia to Political Responsibility
The Church is called to strengthen the
secular/civil base of politics, to deepen its commitment to the poor and
marginalised, ensuring justice for all, especially the weaker sections, to give
a prophetic criticism against the government when it perpetuates violence and
oppression, to join with others in evolving a paradigm of development that is
Chapter 8: A Theological Response to the Ecological Crisis
1. The connection between economic
exploitation and environmental degradation is seen clearly in the deforestation
issue. 2. Unjust treatment of the planet by humans is one of the principal
causes of the ecological crisis. 3. The uneven distribution, control and use of
natural resources are serious justice issues. 4. The fast depletion of the
natural (non-renewable) resources today raises the question of our
responsibility to future generations.
Chapter 9: Praxis and Mission - Implications for Theological Education
Mission is now understood in a holistic sense.
It is participation in the transforming and liberative work of God in God’s
creation. How can theological education help the church's participation in
Chapter 10: Globalisation and Liberative Solidarity
An analysis of the phenomenon of
globalisation and the facing of some issues that are pertinent in facing its
challenges. The author provides a model of Christian response, namely liberative
solidarity, that is rooted in the experience and spirituality of the poor.
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