The Pandemic Puwang: Reshaping Church in the New Normal
Jessica Joy V. Candelario, PhD
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The pandemic crisis is a liminal space and time that redefines the world. In the Filipino language, a liminal space or time is called puwang. As individuals and communities discover new ways and create pathways to live life in the new normal, ecclesial life is no exemption. From faith and ministry stories in the midst of the pandemic, the paper explores how the puwang facilitates people’s participation in building church and society. Facing the ongoing challenges together, it reshapes a church that is kapuwang (companion at the gap) through listening, margin-dwelling, and witnessing to the depths.

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