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River Above Asia and Oceania Ecclesial Network

Indigenous Peoples, Synodality, and the Asian Church

In a meeting on Indigenous Peoples, Synodality, and Church in Asia in Chiang Mai, Thailand on 26 October, church-based IP rights workers from six Asian countries called on Asian Churches “to effectively engage with the IPs and mainstream their voices as part of a synodal church.” RAOEN joined the gathering and shared the network’s efforts in seeking reconciliation with people, lands, and forests.

Since its inception in 1970, the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) has been promoting the “triple dialogue” with cultures, religions, and the poor, and more recently with nature as its fourth dialogue.

Pope Francis’ synod on synodality is inspired by these gifts and charisms – cultural diversity, traditions, languages, respect and care for Mother Earth, living in harmony with Creation, sense of community, solidarity, mutual respect, sharing, respect for elders, wisdom.

The full article is available in LiCAS News.

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