Theological reflection on land
AEFJN – Africa-Europe Faith and Justice Network; AFJN – Africa Faith and Justice Network; AFSA – Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa; SECAM – Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar; and RECOWA – Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa | October 2018
Theological Reflection on Land
An exploration on laudato si’s approach to our relationship and responsibility to care for the land and its small-scale food producers
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This paper has the purpose to facilitate the opening of a concrete dialogue on land issues with church actors as proposed by the organisers of the conference ‘Land grabbing in Francophone Africa: identifying and promoting endogenous solutions’ organised by the platform ‘Our land is our life’ in Abidjan in November 2017. A rst version of this document was written in collaboration by some of the co-organisers and allied theologians from Africa and Europe and then shared with the participants. e rst version’s main components were re ections on some elements from Laudato Si’ (LS) and other Catholic social teaching literature – which calls for coherent action to care for and protect nature – and some of the relevant political context in Africa. For the second and present edition, the co-authors added a few policy elements in order to integrate data from communities and civil society experiences into the theological and spiritual re ection. roughout the text, the importance of the engagement of the Church is made evident, and therefore the paper concludes the narrative elaboration with a call for the Church to act.
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