Sustainable masculinity in ecumenical perspective: The pilgrimage of justice and peace

Peter Ben Smit*

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Gender is an important topic of the WCC’s Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace. It is the result of both theological anthropological concerns and the ongoing search for justice and peace. In other words, it is a typical area where traditional Faith and Order and Life and Work concerns coincide. Yet, gender is often taken to mean concerns of the role, rights, and treatment of women primarily, with some attention to the position and treatment of transgender persons and sexual minorities. This article argues that, precisely from the point of view of these ecumenical theological concerns, attention for masculinity as a gender is also required. The reason for this is that although many different forms of masculinity are supported with an appeal to the Christian tradition, not all forms of masculinity are compatible with a desire for safeguarding human dignity and a sustainable journey into the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-100
Number of pages17
JournalEcumenical Review
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Bible
  • Gender
  • Human dignity
  • Masculinity
  • Paul
  • Pilgrimage of justice and peace
  • Sustainable development goals


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