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Religions 2018, 9(12), 393; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9120393

The Day of Prayer and Its Potential for Engendering Public Ecclesiology Ecumenism in Zambia

Human Development Science—Human Sciences Research Council—HDS-HSRC, Religion, Philosophy and Classics, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Pietermaritzburg 3209, South Africa
Received: 9 November 2018 / Revised: 19 November 2018 / Accepted: 27 November 2018 / Published: 29 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ecumenism and Ecclesiology: The Challenge of Unity and Difference)
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This article argues that while the National Day of Prayer in Zambia has its inception in political context, it has obligated the institutional churches to break out of their religiously fixed spaces, forcing them to suspend their official doctrinal positions for that specific day, and embrace each other in enacting what could be classified as “public ecclesiology ecumenism”. The article defines public ecclesiology ecumenism as the manifestation of institutionally-defined churches in public spaces to celebrate a common liturgical life in Christ through prayer, songs, preaching, and promotion of unified prophetic witness in the public. However, being a political initiative makes the Day of Prayer a potentially dangerous neo-colonial space for advancing a dominant political ideology which perpetuates corruption and exploitation of the masses. Thus, one of the core tasks of the churches is to liberate, reclaim, and reconstitute the Day of Prayer into a prophetic site of struggle against political corruption and poor governance by seeking to produce alternative public and political cultures. View Full-Text
Keywords: Day of Prayer; public ecclesiology ecumenism; prophetic witness; disruptive; Zambian church Day of Prayer; public ecclesiology ecumenism; prophetic witness; disruptive; Zambian church
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Kaunda, C.J. The Day of Prayer and Its Potential for Engendering Public Ecclesiology Ecumenism in Zambia. Religions 2018, 9, 393.

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