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The Dual Reality of Salvation and the Church in Nigeria

Gabriel T. Wankar

This book proposes an approach to the connection between salvation theory and ecclesial spirituality in Nigeria, indicating how the factors of economic, political, and religious co-existence are related, with implications for a deeper understanding of salvation. Considering African Synods I and II, the author proposes a paradigm shift toward a new pastoral option for the Church in Nigeria in the program for seminary formation, which prioritizes strengthening of ecumenical/interreligious structures of dialogue and collaboration as a process of rapprochement to enable an emancipatory praxis to come to existence for the Church’s ministry and witnessing to "become flesh" in the reality of people’s lives. This entails a deeper spiritual and practical understanding of religion, couched in terms of dialogue that translates into alliances and cooperation for the common good based on ties common to all religions and, most importantly, the possibility of forming synergies with civil society organizations in pursuit of the common good.

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Figure AII.1: WE DE VEREN SHIMA SHA UKPE WUNDU MBA TAR GA (Do not fix your mind on the passing glories of this world.) Refrain: We de veren shima sha ukpewun- du mba tar ga, de veren ashe ough sha asaren a tar (2x). Refrain: Do not fix your mind on the pass- ing glories of this world, do not fix your eyes on worldly desires (2x) 1. Sha yange I ku wough u yem a kwaghga, tere pine ikyondu ga, tere pine nyaregh ga ka uma wough tsegher. On the day of your death you shall leave the world alone, the Lord will not ask for cloth, the Lord will not ask for money but only your life. 2. Se venda nen tar de se ya ikyar a tar ga, paregh nen tar ne ka tar wase ga. Reject the world and do not befriend it, distance yourself from the world because it is not ours. 3. A va saan ne iyol, ne mba ilu tuhan ne ken iti iYesu, taver nen shima ne va zua a injar I tsorun. Your happiness is coming, you who have been persecuted for Christ sake, be strong in faith for you will have the reward of everlasting life. Source: Composer: Francis C. Agba, Gboko Diocese. Appendix II 230 THE DUAL REALITY OF SALVATION AND THE CHURCH IN NIGERIA Figure AII.2: HUNGUR NEN KWAGH U A SAREN A TAR NE (Forget about the desires of the world.) Refrain: Hungur nen kwagh u asaren...

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