MW001E MISSION AND INTEGRAL ECOLOGY: FUSION OF HORIZONS IN LAUDATO SI
Faculty of Missiology
Scope: Presenting Laudato si’ as a dynamic fount of creative and recreative elements for the new evangelization, the course aims to open up newer and wider avenues for the renewal and reinvigorated impetus to missionary commitment “to preach the Gospel” amidst growing needs and challenges posed by the fast-changing contemporary world. Content: Laudato si’ is a potent guide to new evangelization which shows different possibilities and opportunities to “hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” (LS 49), and makes the realization of the Kingdom of Heaven more meaningful and appealing to all people. Grounded firmly on the magisterial teachings of Laudato si’, the first part of the Course identifies new ways, hopes and challenges to the new evangelization amidst the steep decline in the sense of faith and morality in the contemporary world, in which the Gospel and the Church seem to have no necessary authority. The second part consists in analyzing diverse avenues and opportunities offered by Laudato si’ to deepen truths of Christian faith through a meaningful dialogue and evangelization of cultures (LS 134). The third part explores the possibilities of “seeing, discerning and putting into practice” the prospects of the new evangelization and ecological conversion rooted in integral human relationship with God, with fellow humans and with the entire creation. Method: A pragmatic approach to Laudato si’ by lectures followed by the personal readings, reflections and discussions on some of the pertinent texts on mission and integral ecology. Evaluation: Ongoing evaluation – presence, participation in the discussions and final written paper (10-12 pages) or oral exam (12 minutes).