. File consists of a draft typescript of a book review by Nouwen of Gustavo Gutiérrez's, "We Drink from Our Own Wells: The Spiritual Journey of a People" (Centro de Estudios y Publicaciones, 1984), for which Nouwen also wrote the Prologue. 1 0 obj cannot wait any longer for their dignity to be recognized really and fully. If there is a “mere horizontalism,” a “collapsing’’ of faith into politics, a “materialist” reading of Scripture or an overt or even covert dependence on Karl Marx in Gutiérez’s thought, here is where one could expect to find it. Note(s) : Trad. Theology is the “second act,” which Gutiérrez defines as “critical reflection on praxis in the light of the Word of God.” And it is this kind of reflection that is being expounded in We Drink from Our Own Wells. The tone is both pastoral and apologetic, with thirty-four pages of densely documented endnotes and nine pages of Scripture and source indexes. This is clearly nonsense. The second section is comprised of three chapters that focus on scripture; particularly the gospels of the evangelists and the epistles of Paul. Gutiérrez’s major sources are the Bible (almost 400 references, chiefly from the New Testament), Ignatius of Loyola, John of the Cross, John Paul II, Archbishop Oscar Romero and the Puebla conference of the Latin American bishops. We Drink from Our Own Wells is the nuanced articulation of the Christ-encounter as experienced by the poor of Latin American in their struggle to affirm their human dignity and claim their true identity as sons and daughters of God.” –Henri Nouwen “living and working in the strident world of the here and now.”–Robert McAfee Brown . Volume: 35. 3 0 obj Request PDF | On Sep 1, 2013, Curt Cadorette published We Drink from Our Own Wells: The Spiritual Journey of a People. In them we find clearly articulated such themes as the importance of the communidades de base (“grass-roots ‘ Christian groups); Jesus as the liberator from hunger, misery, oppression and ignorance; the refusal to separate Christian sanctification from “temporal’’ tasks; challenges to capitalism (as well as to Marxism); the theory of “dependency” on inhuman economic systems; the need for liberation from neocolonialism; the need for “conscienticization” ; the need for the church to support the downtrodden; the correlation of peace and justice; and the reality of “institutionalized violence.”. We Drink From Our Own Wells, is the most technical and demanding part of Gutierrez’s argument. It is the passage of a people through the solitude and dangers of the desert, as it carves out its own way in the following of Jesus Christ. True spirituality encompasses, Even a brief summary of the highlights of this rich and fruitful book shows how far off the mark are the critics who assert that Gutiérrez’s theology is nothing but a cover for politics, and that it has discarded faith in God, Christ and the Spirit. What are Christians to do in this situation? 0 0 5 Автор: Gustavo Gutiérrez. On a dark winter night, a ghost walks the ramparts of Elsinore Castle in Denmark. . ill., 21 cm. We Drink from Our Own Wells The Spiritual Journey ... loving, believing, suffering, celebrating, and praying. 3, pp. By Gustavo Gutiérrez. THERE HAS ALWAYS BEEN THOSE WHO HAVE WALKED THE ROAD BEFORE US.. A. WE ALL DRINK FROM WELLS WE DID NOT DIG. By Gustavo Gutiérrez. Those who are looking for the insidious presence of Karl Marx as normative for the “second act” will look in vain; he is not cited even once. These wells are essentially the same as the early versions humans have depended upon for thousands of years. Our weather on this cool, damp morning is nothing like it was on one day nearly 2000 years ago, as Jesus walked along a hot, dusty road. What actually happens with Gutiérez and others close to him is something like this: they turn to the social sciences for help in understanding the dynamics of the world in which they live; among those they read is Marx, who describes a world in which a ‘‘class struggle’’ is going on. Discovered first by a pair of watchmen, then by the scholar Horatio, the ghost resembles the recently deceased King Hamlet, whose brother Claudius has inherited the throne and married the kings widow, Queen Gertrude. . Now what does Gutiérrez do in the face of the very obvious fact that there is a struggle going on between classes, initiated not by the poor but by the rich? What I find most interesting about your post is the way in which "poverty" appears to be a "rather abstract thing" in Finland. Deut 6:10-12. The phrase comes from Bernard of Clairvaux’s, The structure of the book illustrates both the methodology and the content of his approach. They are our authentic heritage from the Hebrew prophets, the Gospels and the early church (see, for example, Charles Avila’s Ownership: Early Christian Teaching [Orbis, 1983]; they are themes that were anticipated in part by developments in the papal “social encyclicals” from 1891 to the present, and by the Vatican Council’s 1965 pastoral constitution “The Church and the World Today.” Many of these ideas were episcopally appropriated in the documents of the conference of Latin American bishops at Medellín in 1968, three years before Gutiérrez’s landmark book appeared -- especially those on “Justice’’ and ‘‘Peace,’’ in the composition of which Gutiérrez played a part as one of the official periti at the conference. I. <> By Pastor Jim May. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading We Drink from Our Own Wells: The Spiritual Journey of a People 20th Anniversary Edition. Indeed, it is their attempt to hear this long-neglected side of Scripture that draws the unfair charge that they are reading ‘‘selectively.’’. We Drink from Our Own Wells February 28, 2020 Elias Crim Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Ever since 1971, when, But they were unsuccessful. 500-501. He reaches two very clear and, it seems to me, irrefutable conclusions: “The class struggle is a fact, and neutrality in this matter is impossible” (A Theology of Liberation, p. 223). While wells can access clean, naturally filtered water, well owners must be vigilant in monitoring for contaminants and protecting their personal water supplies. Review safety procedures—particularly the appropriate handling of dropper pipettes. Oregon . Left to their own devices, children speak poetry. This article appeared in the Christian Century May 9, 1984, p. 483. 2 0 obj Even a brief summary of the highlights of this rich and fruitful book shows how far off the mark are the critics who assert that Gutiérrez’s theology is nothing but a cover for politics, and that it has discarded faith in God, Christ and the Spirit. Religious Education: Vol. They look at Latin America (so different from North America) and see that what Marx described is actually taking place: there is a ‘‘class struggle” going on, and it is being waged between the tiny ‘‘class’’ of the extremely wealthy, who oppress and exploit the rest, and the huge “class” of the desperately poor, who are oppressed by the wealthy and powerful. Pastor Larry Gatlin, So. A significant event in the development of liberation theology was the publication of We Drink from Our Own Welfs:The Spiritual Journey of a People by Gustavo Gutierrez. . The overall suspicion, in other words, is that somehow Christian faith has lost its ‘‘transcendent’’ element, that It has been “reduced” to “horizontalism” at the expense of ‘‘verticalism,” that it has become nothing more than ‘‘ethics” (and left-wing ethics at that), that ‘‘social analysis” has replaced theology, that revolution has replaced revelation -- and that Karl Marx is the source of all the difficulty. endobj The three aspects of this journey are the encounter with Christ, walking according to the Spirit, and searching for the Creator; Those who continue to demean Gutiérrez’s orthodoxy should at least acknowledge that this is a clearly trinitarian formula. Something strange is going on. The publication of the first edition in 1984 was a significant event in the development of liberation theology. It is never too late or too early to say yes to Jesus, to open your eyes and life to the saving, redeeming power of God. Buy We Drink From Our Own Wells by Gustavo Gutierrez in Paperback format at Koorong (088344707X). Drinking from Our Own Wells: Celebrating National Poetry Month. stream But it is neither clear nor true that Marx provides the world view or the overarching ideology that informs Gutiérrez’s position. During our moments of anguish about the relevance of our faith to a parched world, he has encouraged us to keep working, to keep praying, to keep evangelizing, to keep acting, to keep drinking from our own wells so that we can all draw living water. (The notion that the concerns of the ‘‘people” automatically set them against the “hierarchy,” as Cardinal Ratzinger and others charge, can be quickly disposed of by pointing out that the book is dedicated to two bishops, characterized by Gutiérrez as amigos definitivos, “friends forever.”). Send-to-Kindle or Email . Ratzinger’s position in the Curia makes it clear that he is not simply speaking for himself, but in the name of the Vatican, which has been carrying on an undercover investigation of liberation theologians. Distribute one copy of Well, What Will We Drink - ppm, ppb, and Serial Dilution Lab to each student. Such is the writing that it is impossible to reduce liberation theology to a political movement. Marx, they discover, did not invent “class struggle”; he merely reported that it was taking place. Description matérielle : XXI-181 p. : couv. But they were unsuccessful. As the implications of such commitments began to filter into the experience of the Latin American church, a number of conservative bishops under the leadership of Colombian Archbishop Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, worried by what they perceived to be a swing to the left, began to organize for the next bishops conference, ultimately held at Puebla, Mexico, in 1979. Titre(s) : We drink from our own wells [Texte imprimé] : the spiritual journey of a people / Gustavo Gutiérrez ; transl. The first section contains two chapters that define "new" spirituality as practiced among the poor in Latin America. We Drink from Our Own Wells is formated into three sections. But what about the use of urine as a medicinal substance in well-hydrated individuals? The first quotation is actually the initial paragraph and normative theme of Gustavo Gutiérrez’s new book on spirituality, We Drink from Our Own Wells: The Spiritual Journey of a People (Orbis, 1984), and the second is a slight condensation of two paragraphs of a speech Pope John Paul II gave to Indian peasants in Mexico in 1979 (quoted in John Eagleson and Philip Scharper, eds., Pueblo and Beyond [Orbis, … As Gutiérez himself affirms, these emphases have been present from the first; a rereading of A Theology of Liberation will not only uncover a section titled ‘‘A Spirituality of Liberation,” but another 400 biblical references with which to wrestle. DRINKING FROM THE WELL. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2003. Christianity is a message of life, a message based on the gratuitous love of the Father for us. Maybe. What is so strange is that in a recently launched, widely orchestrated attack -- emanating both from Rome and the Peruvian hierarchy -- on Gutiérrez’s presumably ‘errant” version of liberation theology, he is accused of not saying the things he does say in the first quotation, and of saying the things that the pope says in the second. And if the common good demands it, there is no need to hesitate at expropriation itself. Preview. The Puebla documents not only did not “condemn” liberation theology, but gave new support to many of its central concerns. The new £2 ($2.70) coin, issued to mark 75 years since Wells' death, includes imagery from two of his most celebrated books, and was described by … That's right, maybe you can — and, moreover, should — drill your own well. <>>> Those who reply that this must be a “new phase” in Gutiérrez’s thought will be unable to sustain the charge. The stakes in this controversy are high, not only for Gutiérrez but for all Christians who are committed, as he is, to a theology created from the standpoint of the oppressed. The draft review refers to a working title, "Drinking from Your Own Well". The draft review refers to a working title, "Drinking from Your Own Well". (1986). We Drink from Our Own Wells is the nuanced articulation of the Christ-encounter as experienced by the poor of Latin America in their struggle to affirm their human dignity and claim their true identity as sons and daughters of God. . Realizing the gifts he brings us, I find it both dismaying and disheartening to see Gutiérrez once again under attack by heavy theological artillery from within his own church. Something strange is going on. %���� Not even the opening papal address contained the salvos against liberation theology that the conservatives had hoped for (despite erroneous impressions to the contrary given by the New York Times), and the Puebla documents, though a mixed bag, gave ongoing support to the major concerns of this theology, particularly in the emphasis on the need for the church to make ‘‘a preferential option for the poor. From the beginning, liberation theologians have stressed spirituality. Date: June, 1984. We Drink from Our Own Wells The Spiritual Journey of a People. After twenty years, We Drink from Our Own Wells remains a classic expression of Latin American spirituality by a pioneer of liberation theology. It also contains minor corrections made in an unknown hand. They have a right not to be deprived of the little they have by maneuvers that sometimes amount to real plunder. Ever since 1971, when A Theology of Liberation was first published in Spanish (the English translation was brought out by Orbis early in 1973), the themes of Gutiérrez’s writings, his person and the entire “theology of the people” that he is articulating have been subjected to a barrage from the theological and political right. The alleged subordination of the gospel to Karl Marx is illustrated, for example, by charging that “false” liberation theology concentrates too much on a few selected biblical texts that are always given a political meaning, leading to an overemphasis on “material” poverty and neglecting other kinds of poverty; that this leads to a ‘‘temporal messianism” that confuses the Kingdom of God with a purely “earthly” new society, so that the gospel is collapsed into nothing but political endeavor; that the emphasis on social sin and structural evil leads to an ignoring or forgetting of the reality of personal sin; that everything is reduced to praxis (the interplay of action and reflection) as the only criterion of faith, so that the notion of truth is compromised; and that the emphasis on communidades de base sets a so-called “people’s church” against the hierarchy. They have a right not to be blocked in their own desire to take part in their own advancement. as well as on the thought of St. John of the Cross and Teresa of Ávila. The poor constitute a world of their own. The first quotation is actually the initial paragraph and normative theme of Gustavo Gutiérrez’s new book on spirituality, What is so strange is that in a recently launched, widely orchestrated attack -- emanating both from Rome and the Peruvian hierarchy -- on Gutiérrez’s presumably ‘errant” version of liberation theology, he is accused of not saying the things he does say in the first quotation, and of saying the things that the pope says in the second. WELLS YOU HAVE NOT DUG. We drink from our own wells : the spiritual journey of a people / Starting from St. Bernard of Clairvaux's counsel to root spirituality in one's own experience, Gutierrez outlines the contours of a spirituality rooted in the experience of the poor and their struggle for life. 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