Another World Is Possible: Spiritualities and Religions of Global Darker Peoples

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Another World is Possible: Spiritualities and Religions of Global Darker Peoples represents voices of darker skin peoples throughout the world. What they have in common is their mobilizing their own created religions and spiritualities to forge self-identities. Some claim direct links to centuries of indigenous spiritual practices which have survived relatively in tact despite the invasion of foreign religions. Others have appropriated externally introduced religions and greatly modified these belief systems by combining or syncretizing them with indigenous perspectives and practices. All authors indicate the celebration and positive utility of their communities' spiritualities and religions. Without them, not only would individuals have died, but entire cultures and contexts would have perished. Thus, religion and spirituality suggest survival and pragmatic purposes. From creation narratives to Trickster heroes and heroines, spirituality and religion incarnate meaning, as well as fashion meaning so that humans can make surviving and thriving sense of the ecology and all breathing realities. The gods, God, and ancestors give life to peoples and their cultures, ecologies, and economies, all in the service of aiding the human community to be more fully human as servants to what spiritualities and religions have facilitated on earth. This books speaks to the progressive role of spiritualities and religions for today. In that sense, it is a gift to the world from the darker skin peoples globally.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845533922
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Series: Cross Cultural Theologies Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

IntroductionI. Indiaa. B. M. Leela Kumari (independent scholar, India), The Untouchable Dalits of India and their Spiritual Destinyb. James Massey (Centre for Dalit/Subaltern Studies/community Contextual Communication Centre, New Dehli), Dalits in India: Key Problems/Issues and Role of ReligionII. Japana. Teruo Kuribayashi (Kwansei Gakuin University, Kobe, Japan), Recovering Jesus for Outcasts in JapanIII. Australiaa. Hohaia Matthews (Pastor, South Australia), TJINATJUNANYI: Providing a pathway to freedomb. Anne Pattel-Gray (former President, Tauondi College, South Australia), SpiritualityIV. Hawaiia. Toni G. Bissen (Pu'a Foundation, Oahu, Hawaii), The Hawaiian Situation: An Overview of Hawaii's People, Politics, Religion, Spirituality, and Culture, Yesterday and TodayV. Englanda. Anthony Reddie (Queens Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham), Theology, Violence and the Otherb. Kate O. Coleman (Co-Pastor, The Regeneration Centre, Birmingham), Another Kind of BlackVI. South Africaa. Madipoane Masenya (ngwana Mphahlele)(University of South Africa), Impoverished on Harvesting Ground: Ruth 3 and African Women in an HIV-Positive South AfricaVII. Bostwanaa. Musa W. Dube (University of Botswana), HIV+ Feminisms, Postcoloniality and the Global AIDS Crisisb. Dumie Oafeta Mmualefe (University of Botswana), Soliloquy of a troubled heart: Trying to make sense of the senseless FemicideVIII. Zimbabwea. Beauty R. Maenzanise (Africa University, Mutare, Zimbabwe), Ritual and Spirituality Among the Shona Peopleb. Edward P. Antonio (Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado), Economic Shortage as a Theologico-Political Problem in ZimbabweIX. Ghanaa. Elizabeth Amoah (University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana), Poverty is madness: Some insights from traditional African spirituality and mental healthb. Emmanuel Martey (Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon, Ghana), Spiritual Challenges of Widowhood Symbolism in African Religio-Cultural Setting: A Christian Theological Perspectivec. Rose Mary Amenga-Etego (Ph.D. student, University of Edinburgh), Sex and Sexuality in an African Worldview: A Challenge to Contemporary RealitiesX. Cubaa. Luis Carlos Marrero Chasbar (Fraternity of Baptist Churches of Cuba), Eco-feminism and Yoruba Religion in Cuba: a Proposal for Inter-religious Dialogueb. Izett Sama Hernandez (Pastor, Presbyterian Reformed Church, Cuba), Cuba and the ChurchXI. Jamaicaa. Lewin WilliamsA , Social Conditions and Spiritual Solutions in the Caribbeanb. Marjorie Lewis, The Church and the Jamaican SocietyXII. Brazila. Antonio Sant'Ana (National Ecumenical Commission to Combat Racism, Brazil), Black Spirituality: The Anchor of Black Livesb. Diana Fernandes dos Santos (Youth of the Methodist Church, Brazil) Black Heritage in Brazil XIII. U.S.A.a. Linda E. Thomas (Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago), Womanist Theology and Epistemology in the Postmodern U.S. Contextb. Kirstin Boswell Ford (Ph.D. student at University of Chicago Divinity School), A Home-Place: Self-Identity and God in African American Cultureb. Dwight N. Hopkins, Black Christian Worship: Theological and Biblical Foundations

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