While the number of official delegates was relatively small (less than 800), the Mutirão enabled much broader participation in the life of the ecumenical movement. As an integral part of the Assembly, the Mutirão provided a space for workshops, celebrations, seminars and exhibits for the whole Assembly community.
The Mutirão was open to any person, congregation or organization wishing to accompany the Assembly in a spirit of ecumenical sharing, celebration and formation.
What did the Mutirão offer the Assembly?
The Mutirão offered workshops and seminars, cultural events and exhibits to all participants in the Assembly. It provided a space for home groups to meet. It provided an opportunity to deepen substantive reflections on the theme of the Assembly and the plenaries presented in the first half of the event. Delegates were encouraged to participate in the Mutirão offerings and to bring these reflections into the decision-making process.
As an integral part of the Assembly, the workshop offerings in the Mutirão were intended to supplement and accompany the Assembly deliberations. Assembly insights and deliberations helped guide the work of the many churches and ecumenical organizations which participated in the Mutirão.
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What did participants in the Mutirão do?
- Pray together with all Assembly participants in morning and evening prayers as part of the Assembly community and participate in worship services at midday
- Engage in daily Bible studies around the Assembly theme
- Participate in some of the 15 workshops organized from 12.30-15h every day
- Attend seminars on ecumenical formation for those who are new - and not-so-new - to ecumenism
- Celebrate being together in Latin America by participating in programmes of music, dance and drama and by joining Brazilian youth in the Youth Space
- Participate in the Women's Space being organized by Brazilian women
- Follow the Assembly plenaries on economic justice, church unity, religious pluralism, the Decade to Overcome Violence, Latin America and the theme: "God in your grace, transform the world" as well as business sessions
- Worship in Brazilian churches and participate in the Latin American celebration on Sunday
- Browse exhibits prepared by churches, networks, ecumenical organizations, seminaries, and many other organizations
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