Anglicans in Brazil work with social movements to challenge poverty and injustice

25 November 2013

Brazil has been the scene of some innovative outreach work by the Church. Now Paulo Ueti, the Alliance’s facilitator for Latin America and the Caribbean, is working with La Via Campesina and the Landless People’s Movement  – two of the country’s biggest social movements – to promote education, advocacy and effective change across the country. 

Bishop Mauricio Andrade will be taking a lead in discussing the future of the social movements, and how Anglicans can be involved in them at a meeting during this in Brasilia, Brazil.

The Province aims to work more closely with La Via Campesina and other social movements, to provide a gateway for Anglicans, especially where human rights and public policies are addressed and high-level decisions are made. 

And recent workshops held with La Via Campesina and the Landless People’s Movement explored the links between religion, environmental health and development.  Over 60 students discussed their faith in light of these key issues, and considered how theology could be a part of the transformation and development of their country. 

The workshops came as part of a course called ‘Agents of Environmental Health’, which is taking place in the North-East and the South of Brazil, and aims to empower individuals to play their part in agricultural reform.

Students and young people are encouraged to become more involved in the advocacy work being taken forward, and to build links with peasants, smallholder farmers and their families and empower their local communities.

La Via Campesina is organising several other events and courses in the coming months, which will further encourage their communities to take part in advocacy and policy formation for the country.

Alliance facilitator Paulo Ueti is mobilising Anglicans in the country to take part in these campaigns and use their faith as an impetus to connect with the movements that will bring change and development for their communities. 

Paulo said, “The links between theology and development often provide the motivation for believers to get more involved and to be an evangelical presence among the poorest and most vulnerable people.” 

In the picture: attendees at a workshop exploring theology, environmental health and development in Brazil.