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A Theology of Hope - Part 2

posted 20 Apr 2018, 13:18 by June Miller, MCA Communications
Christian de Cherge: A Theology of Hope, by Christian Salenson (quotes from book in bold)
March 26, 2018
by Donna Entz

In [Algeria] in the 1980s and 1990s...heirs of the colonial era, the monks were now welcomed in this country as guests. They made the choice to not offer charitable help to the population, and rather than hiring workers and thus establishing a hierarchical relationship with the inhabitants of Tibhirine, the brothers preferred instead to work in a cooperative arrangement with their neighbours. As a condition for Dialogue, the position of stranger is different from that of being in the majority...The conditions for theology are not the same when one is a member of a massive institution enjoying high social visibility, as when one is in the minority in a society and dependent on its welcome. (p 16)