¨To know all the races of the Ancestors and to invoke their protection. To bless all divinities, because they are the expressions of the supreme one. This ecumenical vision is only achieved by being convened and embodied in the word. The word posses the multiplicity, spirituality, creativity, and totality of knowledge. This is the freedom of the word that Manuel Zapata Olivella believes. There are not chains in any expression of the spirit, only the plentitude of encounters with the true symbol of existence.¨-Sergio Andres Sandoval
The challenge of the CEE is to find ourselves day by day and step by step in life, and to say what is felt, what is thought, and what fits within. And from within (the heart, the memory, or the core), arises ecumenism, the ecumenism that expresses the simple and everyday, the reverent or irreverent, that is born of the multiplicity that posses us, and is the expression of our own contradictions and complexities.
It is ecumenism that is lived, through our human roots, both spiritual and corporeal. These roots unite and they give life; if they are avoided, if they are evaded, if they are killed, this ecumenism cannot exist. This ecumenism is born from personal reconnaissance of our history, from the words of our ancestors, from the words of the people and the lives that speak, that defy, that speak, and from the memory. This ecumenism relates with people, with people-realites, with people-ideals, and with others. It is recognized mutually.
As Eduardo Galeano said, there are two memories: the individual memory that is being erased, that has been erased, that has erased; and the collective memory, that is imprinted in the skin and culture of our people. Not ¨white¨ memory. The memory of freedom. Not ïntellectual¨ memory. Memory of words and poetry.
In the long memory, ecumenism is the the intersection that we have created to understand and resist the annihilation of the spirit of our people, the spirit that animates, gives strength, contains us, and lifts the faith and hope to humanely work together to create another possible world, a community that is anti-patriarchal, anti-capitalist, and anti-colonialist. This ecumenism that is seen in human relationships is possible in the mutual reconnaissance between historical subjects, politics. Above all, between üs¨ and ¨the other¨ is needed a reconnaissance that affirms that ¨without one and the other, without people, there are no possibilities¨.
Our ecumenical promise is to walk with people as one people, as a people that walk and fight, that fight and that in community construct a house for all of humanity.
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México City, February 2016
Luisa Guzman, Executive Director
Center for Ecumenical Studies