Christ and the Brazilian Revolutionary Process: Religion, Politics and Human Rights

Christ and the Brazilian Revolutionary Process: Religion, Politics and Human Rights “Whenever I help the poor, they call me a saint; but every time I ask why they are poor, they call me a communist.

Dom Helder Camara, a Catholic bishop, summarized the problems faced by many religious leaders during the Cold War.

This memory and truth event will tell the story of religious leaders who were arrested and persecuted for their opinions, and will analyze their struggle for human liberation and democracy. Most of them were charged under anti-communist legislation, due to their theological concerns about social justice. In this short lecture we will study and celebrate the 60th anniversary of the 1962 Northeast Brazilian Conference whose title shocked the political and ecclesiastical authorities of the time: “Christ and the Brazilian Revolutionary Process” – a conference that redefined the boundaries between human rights and religion in the 1960s, changing the understanding of church-society relations in Latin America.

This hybrid event is part of the Human Rights & Religion project, supported by the Brunel Institute of Communities and Societies.

Date: July 11, 2 p.m. (BST)

Register on campus: Cavendish Hall, Hamilton Center

Register online on Zoom: ID: 868 1747 9288 Password: 027053 https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86817479288?pwd=aWZsQjVkaHR0VkVSUmFUTmhQcW13UT09

Speaker: Raimundo César Barreto, Jr. Associate Professor of Global Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary https://www.ptsem.edu/people/raimundo-cesar-barreto-jr

Speaker: Marcus De Matos Lecturer in Law, Brunel University https://www.brunel.ac.uk/people/marcus-dematos

Chair: Priscila Vieira-Souza Visiting researcher, Brunel Institute of Communities and Societies CAPES postdoctoral fellow, ECO-UFRJ http://lattes.cnpq.br/5228280220036174

To confirm attendance on campus or online and for more information: [email protected]

Minnie J. Leonard