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Martha G. Newman, Chair BUR 529, Mailcode A3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-7737

Brown bag lecture: "The Catholic Charismatic Renewal and the 'Continental Mission' in Guatemala"

Wed, October 26, 2011 • 12:00 PM • Burdine Hall (BUR) 436A

Jakob Egeris Thorsen (Aarhus University, Denmark)

In May 2007 the Latin American Bishops (CELAM) launched a “Continental Mission” in their fifth general conference in Aparecida (Brazil).  The revivalist language of the resulting Aparecida Document (DA) and the mission strategy presented herein have a marked Charismatic influence.  Based on fieldwork in Guatemala, this paper examines how the DA is being received and interpreted by the Catholic Church in Guatemala and within the Charismatic movement in the country.  I will argue that the implementation of the “Continental Mission” will very likely result in an increased pentecostalization of Guatemalan Catholicism.

Jakob Egeris Thorsen is a PhD scholar in the Faculty of Theology at Aarhus University in Denmark.

Please feel free to bring lunch.  Coffee and snacks will be provided.

Sponsored by: Department of Religious Studies

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