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Are ecclesial base communities (CEBs) still active in the Latin American church? This article argues that new leadership, new approaches to liberation theology, and ongoing involvement in emerging social movements mark the CEBs as important, if liminal, ecclesial subjects.

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After a dearth of scholarly attention to ecclesial base communities in El Salvador and throughout Latin America, this article accounts for their evolution over the last several decades and their current role in the Roman Catholic church in El Salvador. Increasingly horizontal leaderhsip, decolonial social analysis, and openness to social movements all mark these communities' contemporary prophetic praxis from places of liminal ecclesial belonging.


This article represents over ten years of personal and professional affiliation with ecclesial base communities in El Salvador and elsewhere in Central America. I hope this article conveys these communities' ongoing commitment to Christian living in a violent, unjust world.

Laurel Potter
Boston College

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This page is a summary of: Yeast in the Dough: Marginal Ecclesial Communities in Contemporary El Salvador, Ecclesiology, June 2022, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/17455316-bja10019.
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