Persons, places and things: Reflecting on ‘The Mission’


By Barb Arland-Fye


Throughout their formation, the Davenport Diocese’s 12 deacon candidates have been steeped in theological and pastoral education intended to help them perform their ministry effectively and compassionately.  I joined them in the last class of our Master of Pastoral Theology program this month and had the privilege of watching two very different videos about the treatment of one group of human beings by another, dominant group.
The first video, a 1986 movie titled “The Mission,” told the story of 18th century Spanish Jesuits who defied a papal envoy in a desperate, unsuccessful attempt to protect a remote South American Indian tribe from Portugal’s land grabbing.

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