n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Hope-giving faith communities : reflections on experience

Volume 36, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



This article is based on a plenary paper presented at the 2008 Congress of the Southern African Missiological Society that wove together the main themes and presentations of the Congress on the theme of hope-giving Christian communities. Two communities of hope, the Taizé Community in France and the Pietermaritzburg Agency of Christian Social Awareness, are presented. The stories of hope presented in this article demonstrate that hope is communal, contextual, and focused on praxis. Several principles of interpretation are offered to assist in understanding the depths of these stories of hope.

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