Multiple forms of oppression, injustice, and violence today have roots in histories of colonialism. This connection to the past feels familiar for some and less relevant for others. Understanding and responding to these connections is more crucial than ever, yet some resist rather than face this task directly. Others resist oppressive postcolonial conditions.
Using intercultural stories and pastoral care scholarship, this book charts pathways through five resistances (not me, not here, not now, not relevant, not possible) to awaken creative pastoral care in a postcolonial world. McGarrah Sharp recommends practices that everyone can do: believing in each other, revisiting how histories are taught, imagining more passable futures, heeding prophetic poets, and crossing borders with healthy boundaries.
Melinda A. McGarrah Sharp, Ph.D. (2010), Vanderbilt University, is Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Pastoral Care at Columbia Theological Seminary. Author of Misunderstanding Stories: Toward a Postcolonial Pastoral Theology (Pickwick, 2013), her work integrates pastoral theology, ethics, and postcolonial theory.
Students training as leaders of faith communities and nonprofits, who face postcolonial realities of the 21st century; pastoral theologians and care practitioners interested in the intercultural paradigm of pastoral care.