BASIC ECCLESIAL COMMUNITY
Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs), also called Basic Christian Communities, Small Christian Communities and Small Human Communities (Maliliit na Sambayanang Kristiyano) are considered as a new way of being Church: the Church at the grassroots.
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines calls on the laity to participate in the task of evangelization and look upon BECs as a means of evangelization.
Fr. Amado L. Picardal, CSsR, STD, says, “You might be wondering what ‘SAMBAYANIHAN' means. It is a composite word. SAMBAYANAN is the Pilipino word for COMMUNITY. BAYANIHAN refers to the spirit of solidarity, cooperation and service among the members of the community. SAMBA refers to the worshipping and prayerful nature of this Christian Community. Thus, the word SAMBAYANIHAN captures the essence of the BECs as a way of being Church."
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