Cochabamba (Fides Service) - The 2nd Assembly International Association of Catholic Missiologists IACM will start on Wednesday 29 September in Cochabamba, Bolivia, at the Salesian Fatima Centre. The first part of the Assembly, a theological-scientific session will last from 29 September to 1 October. On Saturday 2 October the IACM will hold its general meeting to review past activity and elect a new President, Vice president, executive secretary and bursar, as well as regional representatives. On Sunday 3 October the assembly will close with a Concelebration of Mass, greetings from the authorities and the Assembly’s Message. On 4 October the assembly will have an appendix, a Meeting of Latin American Missiologists to discuss the situation on the continent and identify programmes for the future.
The assembly theme is “Sharing in diversity and in teaching missiology: questions of theological languages in inter-cultural communication. “Listen to what the Spirit says to the Churches” (cfr Rev. 2,7). The objective is to hear how Missiologists in various countries live difficulties with regard to diversity in local ecclesial contexts and the impact on research and teaching in the field of missiology. After hearing testimony of experiences, the participants will form work groups for discussion and then meet for plenary assemblies to identify special aspects which necessitate more attention and in depth study. This work will continue in the coming months, with meetings for Missiologists at the continental level.
The International Association of Catholic Missiologists was established in Rome on 21 October 2000, at the end of an International Missiological Congress and American Maryknoll missionary Father John Gorski professor of missiology, ecumenism and inculturation at the Institute for Superior Theological Studies at the Catholic University of Bolivia was elected first president. The goal of IACM is to promote and encourage collaboration in Missiological research, formation and publications among Missiologists all over the world. (S.L.) (Agenzia Fides 28/9/2004; Righe 25 - Parole 302)