Vulnerability and Resilience

Vulnerability and Resilience : Body and Liberating Theologies

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In Vulnerability and Resilience, vulnerability is not the final word. Rather, resilience provides the cutting edge and living breath in the stories of subjects who are vulnerable. And they have many stories: stories of being trapped in bodies, teachings, and/or situations that make them (and others like them) vulnerable to discrimination, hatred, and rejection; stories of being trapped because of their bodies, theologies, and/or cultures; and stories of being trapped for no-good reason. For subjects who are vulnerable, life is like a maze of traps, and stories of resilience keep them going.

The contributors to Vulnerability and Resilience refuse to be trapped. At the intersection of body and liberation theologies, the contributors tell their stories in the hope that they will expose cultures that make individuals and communities vulnerable, and that those stories will encourage vulnerable subjects to be resilient and bring change to theological institutions that conserve vulnerability. Because of the location of the contributors-in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, Caribbean, and Oceania-this book is testimony that vulnerability is present all over the world, and that resilience is a liberating alternative.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 160 x 233 x 22mm | 585g
  • Lexington Books/Fortress Academic
  • Lanham, United States
  • English
  • 1 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1978703635
  • 9781978703636
  • 1,323,403

Table of contents


Collin I. Cowan

1.Tell us

Jione Havea

Part One: Dare to (Re)story

2.Stories Telling Bodies: A Self-Disclosing Queer Theology of Sexuality and Vulnerability

Adriaan van Klinken

3.Jesus' Colonized Masculinity in Luke

Karl Hand

4."I am my Body": Toward a Body-Affirming Faith

Masiiwa Ragies Gunda

5.Utopian Couplings: When Bem Viver Meets Mary

Nienke Pruiksima

6.Eve's Serpent (Gen 3:1-9) Meets Sina's Tuna at Fagogo

Brian F. Kolia

7.Rape Matters: Dinah (Genesis 34) Meets Asifa Bano

Monica J. Melanchthon

Part Two: Dare to (Re)Imagine

8.Bodies, Identities, and Empire

Wanda Deifelt

9.In the Face of Empire: Black Liberation Theology, M.L. King, Jr., and the Jesus Story

Dwight N. Hopkins

10.In the Face of Empire: Postcolonial Theology from the Caribbean

Luis N. Rivera-Pagan

11.Theological Shifts: From Multiculturalisms to Multinaturalisms

Claudio Carvalhaes

12.Liturgy After the Abuse

Stephen Burns

13.Embodied Epistemologies: Queering the Academic Empire

Sarojini Nadar and Sarasvathie Reddy

14.Esse Quam Videri ... to Be and Not to Seem

Jenny Te Paa Daniel
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A sobering but hopeful read! The essays in this wide-ranging volume tackle an immensely important and yet peculiarly controversial topic: bodies in which we live. These thoughtful and provocative analyses will enable us to see various precious bodies that are being denigrated or violated bodies in our world today. They will further embolden us to embody our theological thinking and emend our theological practice.--Tat-siong Benny Liew, College of the Holy Cross
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About Stephen Burns

Jione Havea is a native Methodist pastor from Tonga and research fellow with Trinity Theological College (Aotearoa) and the Public and Contextual Theology (PaCT) research centre of Charles Sturt University.
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