TOWARD A RELATIONAL SPIRIT ECCLESIOLOGY IN ASIA
A Relational Spirit Ecclesiology in Asia is a §historical, analytical and systematic study focusing §on the meaning of church and its mission in §contemporary Asia as presented in the documents of §the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences. This §work asserts that the new way of being and becoming §church in and with contemporary Asia is based on an §operative theology: Relational Spirit Ecclesiology. §This Relational Spirit Ecclesiology considers Christ §as the motivating center and the Spirit as the §guiding center of the Asian church s mission and §life in the Asian context of many religions, many §cultures and many poor. The Spirit-guided mission §of the church, therefore, can no longer be §considered merely a mission to the peoples of Asia §(missio ad gentes) or a mission among the peoples of §Asia (missio inter gentes). Rather, the mission of §the Asian church, permeated by a Relational Spirit §Ecclesiology, necessitates a mission with the §peoples of Asia (missio cum Gentibus). Moreover, §this mission is carried out in a distinctive Asian §mode of mission: triple dialogue.