Poverty in Central America and South of the Continent, the youth, digital culture, the role of women, original cultures, afro-descent culture, social movements, the new perspectives of the continent. Some of the themes discussed during the 2nd Seminar on Trinitarian Anthropology, promoted by the Latin-Americal Episcopal Council (CELAM), held last October in Cochabamba (Bolivia).
Entitled “A Trinitarian Anthropology from and for our peoples. Diversity and plurality,” the symposium was developed by a team of expert Latin American theologians (Jesuits, conventuals, priests of the clergy and lay people) and the presence of Italian theologian Piero Coda, dean of the Sophia University Institute (IUS), international ateneo of the Focolare, with headquarters at the town of Loppiano (Florence). To note, the active participation of 4 IUS students from, Colombia and Argentina.. In fact, the ateneo is taking its first steps to establish itself also in Latin America.
The first day featured a press conference online with journalists to present the first book of the team that had worked on the project during last year’s seminar, at the Argentian Focolare’s “Mariápolis Lia”. There were journalists from Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay, Chile, Ecuador, Perù, Bolivia and Argentina.
A singular event was the visit to the Missionology Institute, directed by Dr. Roberto Tomichá,an aborigine Franciscan, and member of the central team of Trinitarian Anthropology. The symposium participants visited the study centre which was created following indigenous categories and values.
On that occasion the Director expressed his conviction the the key to the “fundaments for the theology of indigenous peoples” lies in Trinitarian anthropology.”
In order to allow this itinerary of common reflections of philosophies and life to develop, the decision was made to appoint the new Latin American branch of Sophia, as its representative to the CELAM.
This agreement was made by the various universities to which the various participants belonged.
Since the pariticpating theologians are all renowned at Latin American and world levels, they took all by surprise when they relayed their impressions which underlined “ the profound liberty and fertile creatività experienced in the work groups, in the methodology established and the horizons open towards the future.” The next appointment is set for 2015 in Argentina.