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Base Community
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The phrase “base community,” used especially in the Roman Catholic Church and its theology, has become a programmatic term in theological and ecclesiastical controversies about congregational and church reform. It also denotes a church community defined empirically that, for all the individual differences—local, national, and spiritual—shares such features as self-organization, emphasis on koinonia, the active participation of all members in the congregational process, and the relating of the church program to the concrete, historical, everyday, sociopolitical needs o…

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Steinkamp, Hermann, “Base Community”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 30 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_B120>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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