Marginality: The Key to Multicultural Theology

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6.
AUTHENTIC CHURCH
The Community of New Marginality

For where two or three are gathered in my name,
I am there among them.
(Matt 18:20)

The church is the community of God’s marginal people. The church is different from other communities of marginal people, because it is conscious of the presence of Jesus-Christ as the margin of marginality. This consciousness of Christ’s presence in their midst is the essence of the church. Because Jesus-Christ is the margin of marginality, he is actively present at the margin; his presence is necessarily eclipsed in the center of centrality. Those who occupy the center of centrality unconsciously avoid the presence of Christ by distancing themselves from the margin. Thus it is difficult for centralist people to experience the genuine pres– ence of Christ. But those who are poor, powerless, and at society’s margin are easily and naturally conscious of Christ’s presence as the margin of marginality. Those marginal people who have experienced the presence of Christ become new marginal people. Therefore, the church is a community of new marginal people, where the genuine fellowship of brotherhood/sisterhood is experienced, and where the original order of creation is restored.

Consciousness of Christ’s presence is inseparable from any gathering of marginal people. Christ is present when marginal people are

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