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Verbum et Ecclesia

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MEYLAHN, Johann-Albrecht. The local South African worshipping community as a site for spiritual formation towards transformation. Verbum Eccles. (Online) [online]. 2014, vol.35, n.3, pp.1-6. ISSN 2074-7705.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/VE.V35I3.1340.

The article focuses on the local worshipping community as a site for the spiritual formation of citizens to become agents of transformation in public life. How are citizens spiritually formed so that, through their witness and praxis, they become instruments of transformation, thereby challenging the dominant discourses by offering, through their collective witness and praxis, redeeming alternatives? To answer this question, the article focuses not on a methodology but rather offers suggestions as to how to nurture a radical spirituality towards the formation of agents of transformation. The specific South African context with its numerous socioeconomic and political challenges as well as the plurality of voices and values need to be taken into consideration. Therefore the challenge is to develop an inclusive spirituality.

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