Neo-Pentecostalism and the Civil Society: Impacts and\or Complicities

Jubilee Congress, 26 to 30 September 2016 at Cachoeira de Campo – MG, Brazil.
Neo-Pentecostalism and the Civil Society: Impacts and\or Complicities

Pentecostalism is an offshoot of Protestantism and a religious dimension which, among other concepts, is contered on a unique experience of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. It considers the belief in the Holy Spirit and its manifestations as something greater than other established religious practices.

In Brazil, we live with a multitude of Neo-Pentecostal churches, each one with its own mission and proposal, aiming to achieve a "target" not always clear or well defined. Parallel to all these panorama, we have the religious practices of African origin, that came to Brazil during the era of slavery and now coloured by its unique Brazilian components.

Discussing these dynamics is the main objective of this Congress, inserted into the celebrations of the Jubilee of the 800 years of the foundation of the Order of Preachers. How do we preach in the current Brazilian society marked by religious pluralism of different trends? What are the characteristics and constitutive nature of the Brazilian neo-Pentecostalism? How do we communicate Christ and his saving and liberating message in this complex context? These are questions that will guide our discussions during this event.

The Congress will take place from 26 to 30 September 2016 at Cachoeira de Campo, MG, Brazil.


Frei Betto, OP (Carlos Alberto Libânio Christo) – A great exponent of Liberation Theology, active in various social movements and academic and cultural institutions. Paper – “The poor chose neo-Pentecostalism and the Church, the poor”.

Pedro Ribeiro de Oliveira (PhD Sociology) - Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Programme in Religious Studies at the Catholic University of Minas Gerais. Paper - “Religious Market”.

Magali do Nascimento Cunha (PhD Communication Science) - Professor at the Methodist University of São Paulo, linked to the Graduate Program in Communication, which is integrated into the media research programme on Communication in Social Interactions. Paper – “Media, Gender and Pentecostalism”.

Faustino Teixeira (PhD Theology) – Titular Professor in Science of Religion at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora and researcher in the CNPQ Program. Paper - “Challenges for Interreligious Dialogue in Brazil”.

Fr Celio de Padua Garcia, OP (PhD Religious Science) – Adjunct Professor in the Department of Religion and Religious Culture Sciences, PUC Mines. Paper - “Neo-Pentecostalism and African religions in Brazil

Sinivaldo da Silva Tavares (PhD Fundamental and Systematic Theology) - Professor of Systematic Theology at the Jesuit School of Philosophy and Theology (FAJE) and St. Thomas Aquinas Institute (ISTA), both located in Belo Horizonte (MG).

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Fr. Dr. Celio de Pádua Garcia OP


(12 July 2016)