SCIVIA – WEGE ZUEINANDER HOCHSCHULPASTORALE KOMMUNIKATION – (WIE) GEHT DAS?
University pastoral communication - (How) Is that possible?
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This article deals with how university pastoral communication can be realized. University pastoral as compassion means to put the people in the center. Years ago, the world-famous professor of fundamental theology, Johannes Baptist Metz, the founder of political theology, made a statement in the feature page supplement of the Süddeutsche Zeitung with the article „With the authority of the suffering - compassion - proposal for a world program of Christianity“. More compassion is needed in our times, he demanded. Compassion says that the difficult situation of another person does not leave me indifferent, but rather challenges me to act. In her groundbreaking first work, “Know the Ways”, Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), describes in what unbelievable creation man finds him. Even more, how God is on the way to people and man experiences himself as a human being while on the way to God. This may be further thought of as an assignment that people are on the way to people. In terms of its approach, pastoral care can be communicative, mystagogical, person-centered, charitable-diaconal, systemic, intercultural-interreligious. Any decision for a corresponding concept means a decision for profiling. University pastoral of compassion means that practical theological action with vivacity – Viriditas - as a program and the turn of mercy determine the everyday university pastoral action.
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