Special Issue "Franciscan Spirituality and Its Impact for Today’s World"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 August 2018)
Prof. Dr. Thomas Dienberg
IUNCTUS–Competence Centre for Christian Spirituality, Kapuzinerstr. 2748149 Münster, Germany
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Interests: spirituality and religion; schools of mysticism and asceticism; spirituality and management; theology and the arts; spirituality/religion and post-modernity
The Franciscan movement is one of the biggest spiritual movements among religions. Since more than 800 years, people try to imitate Francis and Clare of Assisi. They live a life in brotherhood, in evangelical poverty and care for the world and its challenges. The Franciscan Spirituality, not only as lived exemplary by the Jesuit Pope Francis, is still an answer for many issues and challenges the world of today has to face. This special issue of Religions focuses on this school of spirituality and tries to exemplify the actuality of the Franciscan Spirituality, but also the questions this old and vivid tradition of spirituality is asking the world of today. Topics will include, among others, the following aspects: community/individualism, ecology, health care, management and leadership, hospice work, poverty urban ministry, interreligious dialogue, feminism, counseling, prayer and contemplation, anthropology.
There are many books and volumes on Franciscan Spirituality, but there is also a lack of one volume that shows the diversity and actuality of the Franciscan Spirituality for the postmodern society and the globalized world.
The aim of this volume is to bring together some of the most challenging and important aspects of the Franciscan Spirituality with challenging and demanding issues of the post-modern world. A good background for the articles could be the volumes of the two series, edited by the Franciscan Institute St. Bonaventure/USA: The Franciscan Heritages Series and The Washington Union Symposium Papers with the focus on different Franciscan topics.
The difference of this special issue on Franciscan Spirituality will be a compact and summarized perspective on the most actual aspects within one volume, based on an intellectual debate and at the same time with practical inputs for the postmodern society.
Essays on single figures, on special initiatives in different cultural contexts or on texts from the Franciscan sources are welcome.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Dienberg
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- gender issues
- interreligious dialogue