The Third General Assembly of the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians, meeting in Nairobi in 1992, took a fresh look at the changing context of the Third World. Theologians in Nairobi firmly declared that third-world theology should be decisively shaped by the spirituality of the marginalized--indigenous people, women, minjung, dalits, and other minorities. Their creative and life-affirming spirituality is at the very center of their lives and struggles.
'Spirituality of the Third World' explores the meaning of spirituality, its biblical roots, its relation to human existence, how it patterns a vision and enriches faith, and how it celebrates life. This spirituality is formed of faith, struggle, and hope--the cry for life from the poor of all continents.
Part I describes the changing context of the Third World, with a special focus on North-South relationships. Part II elaborates different forms of Third World spiritualities with origins in South and North America, Africa, and Asia. Part III roots these spiritualities biblically and explores how they enrich theological understanding and sustain Christian life.
Contributors: Elizabeth Amoah, Frank Chikane, Virgil Elizondo, Ivone Gebara, Jacquelyn Grant, Franz J. Hinkelammert, Dwight N. Hopkins, Jose Miguez Bonino, Takatso Mofokeng, Pablo Richard, Rosa Adela O. Sierra, George Soares Prabhu, Lawrence Surendra, Ana Maria Tepedino, George E. Tinker, Sergio Torres, Mary John Mananzan, and Maria Vidale.