World Forum on Theology and Liberation

Our Organization Secretary, Brother Jarlath D’Souza, is invited and takes part in the world-level consultation, Brazil – the 3rd World Forum on Theology and Liberation. WFTL accepted the paper on “Water, Earth, and Theology for a New World”, written in the Bangladesh context from Brother Jarlath DíSouza, CSC. There will be about one hundred persons taking part, about twenty from Asia, and Brother Jarlath DíSouza is the only one from Bangladesh.

The 3rd WFTL will be a meeting for a theology of the sustainability of life on Earth. It will have to make a theological reflection and discourse on the basis of a very concrete and organic meaning of life, since the analysis of the social and political reality in the Amazonian context promotes a direct relationship with the earth, water and biodiversity and reveals the limits


and alternatives of the relation of human beings with their immediate environment.
By the end of May 2007, the International Council of the World Social Forum announced its decision on the venue for the 8th WSF: Belém, capital of the state of Pará, in the Amazon region of Brazil. On the basis of this decision the WFTL also had an address for the planning of its 3rd edition and was inspired by the appeal of the ecological theme – the challenges, diversity and possibilities created by the complexity of life in the Amazonia. Thus, the 3rd WFTL will be a meeting for a theology of the sustainability of life on earth. It will have to make a theological reflection and discourse on the basis of a very concrete and organic meaning of life, since the analysis of the social and political reality in the Amazonian context promotes a direct relationship with the earth, water and biodiversity and reveals the limits and alternatives of the relation of human beings with their immediate environment.

The city of Belém offers adequate conditions for holding the event. Several ecumenical institutions have their regional headquarters in Belém, such as the Amazonian Council of Christian Churches, the National Council of Christian Churches, the Ecumenical Center for Bible Studies and the Indigenous Mission Council. The legacy of a historical ecumenical movement is maintained not only by these organizations, but also by the Regional Pastoral Institute (IPAR [Instituto de Pastoral Regional]) and the Popular University (UNIPOP [Universidade Popular]). These different organizations have a common characteristic: Their theological reflection and activities in society are markedly contextual, grassroots-oriented and related to pressing regional issues. Supported by this solid network of organizations, the WFTL's Local Committee is already establishing partnerships to organize the event and get local support.

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