Taking a Forward Leap: Understanding Proclamation, Church and Unity

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Jojo M. Fung, S.J.

JOJO M. FUNG, S.J. is deeply concerned about pushing the frontier on Christian mission in the Third Millennium, especially with regard to areas pertaining to proclamation, Church and unity in the pluralistic Asian Context of the many religions, cultures and poor.


INTRODUCTION

Humankind has crossed the much awaited threshold of the Third Millennium. A new millennium has dawned with a hitherto uncharted missiological landscape. Like any world religion, Christianity will have to face and respond to new and unprecedented challenges. Much forward thinking has to be done in relation to proclamation, church and unity. In the first part of this article, I like to highlight the importance of the perspective from which such missiological thinking is to be done. In the second section, I will offer certain thoughts on each of the three components: proclamation, Church and unity. Then I will try to establish a tripartite understanding of the three components in the third section.
 

1. DOMINANT-MARGINAL PERSPECTIVES

“Religions from the dominant society have divided our people. We need to begin to build ourselves up with who we are and what we have,” Tijah, an indigenous woman activist remarked.

“We have been asking the State Government for years to supply us with electricity. But till today, we have not received any. Promises are made, especially when there is an election. When it is over, they forget about us,” a comment made by Nadi Pak Empok which is indicative of the marginal situation of the indigenous peoples in Malaysia (New Straits Times, May 26,1996, p. 6).

“Come and join in the millennial extravaganza!” announced an advertisement on Channel 3 known as Pearl in the Special Administrative Region (SAR).

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