Émergence d'une figure d'Église à travers des pratiques de l'Union des chorales de jeunes catholiques de Matadi

Authors: Bikuika Lubanzadio, Christophe
Advisor: Routhier, Gilles
Abstract: Our study is part of the theological debate seeking, as Jacques Audinet and Gilles Routhier argue, to think of the Church in terms of emergence, revisiting not only the instituting practices in the first Christian community, but also by examining how it can emerge in our societies today. We began our theological reflection starting from the “Union des Chorales des Jeunes de Matadi” (UCHOJEUCAM). The first chapter emphasizes the difficult task of integrating young people into LEC’s (“Living Ecclesial Communities”), seeking to understand things in the light of the changes brought by globalization in the socialization of young people. This allows to consider UCHOJEUCAM as a challenge to put the Church in the new sociability. The second chapter reports on the survey we conducted in Matadi and on the analysis of the data collected. This analysis brings together different categories around five themes: living together; participation in the life of the Church; needs and aspirations of young people; church life today; responsibilities of young people in the building of the Church. The last chapter attempts a theological reflection about these different themes. Thinking in terms of emergence, the present theological approach, thanks to the method of correlation, allows to revisit the instituting practices in the first Christian community and to examine how the Church can emerge in our societies of today. It aims also to put into resonance the multiple forms taken by the young people of the Union in the life of the Church with the three dimensions of the vocation of the baptized: prophetic, sacerdotal and royal. Considering the interdisciplinary nature of practical theology, we dared to engage two types of dialogue. A first one of philosophical, sociological and psychological type, made it possible to understand the experience of the young people of the Union as a quest for recognition. A second one of exegetical type, with the story of the meeting of Jesus and the Samaritan woman, allowed to hear a word of conversion to renew the vision of young people and recognize that they have something to give to us. By remaining attentive to young people and taking into account their challenge to a Church that does not recognize the capacity to contribute to its edification, we realized that the Synodal and Co- Responsible Church seems to be the Church figure corresponding to their aspirations. Our theological reflection finally raised the urgency of working in the world, so as to be and to make a sign of the Kingdom, according to the Father's plan and the mission of the Son and the Holy Spirit. Considering that young people are willing to assume various responsibilities at different levels of ecclesial life, we have highlighted ministries and charisms for ecclesial communion. In concluding our work, we did not fail to take stock of our learning and to present some future prospects, while raising the limits of our research and the questions that remain open.
Document Type: Thèse de doctorat
Issue Date: 2019
Open Access Date: 5 August 2019
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/35778
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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