International IDOC Bulletin: Lifestyles
Publisher: International Documentation and Communication Centre, Rome, Italy
Periodical profile published 1978
Year Published: 1978
Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
Cx Number: CX900
IDOC was established, originally in Rome, during the Second Vatican Council as a documentation service supporting recognition for Church concern about social, economic and political movements throughout the world.
Abstract: IDOC was established, originally in Rome, during the Second Vatican Council as a documentation service supporting recognition for Church concern about social, economic and political movements throughout the world. Since then it has continued as an independent agency "specializing in alternative information and research on contemporary Christian experience within a process of human liberation." It is affiliated with FERES (International Federation of Institutes for Socio-Religious Research). This issue of their monthly Bulletin focuses on alternative lifestyles in the U.S.A., Italy and Brazil. It offers, as well, an international bibliography of material containing reprints of several abstracts from early issues of C.I.S.S. dealing with lifestyle (3,21,41,66,73,126,174,175,219,413).
The logic which guided the preparation of this dossier was derived from a theme (Personal Liberation and Systemic Change) and grew out of meetings with the Commission on the Churches' Participation in Development of the World Council of Churches. Several starting points for selection of content were taken into account: the experience of those who, having lived a concrete alternative, discovered the political dimension of any social change effort; the experience of those who, having lived a political commitment, have come to discover that commitment to change does not automatically imply a personal enrichment or correction of attitudes; the daily experience of the poor and oppressed for whom an alternative lifestyle can only come from the search for alternatives in the organization of society. The three main articles of the bulletin reflect these three paths.
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