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[A Womanist Pastoral Theology against Intimate and Cultural Violence is about intimate violence and a culture that normalizes this violence in a particular way for Black females. Black girls and women experience overwhelming violence, and for many this violence begins while they are still young...
[The stories shared in this chapter are taken directly from transcripts of group and one-on-one interviews with six women, the chapter also includes excerpts from written narratives they provided. All but one of the women were children under eleven years old the first time they experienced...
[The women’s narratives indicate that intimate and cultural violence go hand in hand, and that healing requires attention to both areas. For whose initial experience of violence occurred when they were young, the difficulty in this healing is that the violation often had serious implications for...
[One of the most nefarious aspects of intimate violence is its capacity to negatively impact how Black women view themselves as bearing the image of God. This first challenge is followed by a second blow that occurs when important religious communities mediate (rather than mitigate) the misogyny...
[Pastoral response that resonates with the ways Black women approach self-recovery and healing requires new images and paradigms for care. I respond to this need in this chapter by introducing working images of WomanistCare that prompt pastoral theological reflection on practitioners’ cultural...
[This concluding chapter considers a psychodynamic counseling response to intrapsychic struggles stemming from childhood sexual abuse, molestation, incest, rape, partner violence, and to a cultural context that normalizes these offenses. The discussion details the traumatic sequelae...
[Having admonished her community to love themselves, Baby Suggs, holy stands up and dances because she knows that what she has told the community is equally valid for her. She too must practice what helps her love her inside parts. Baby, Suggs, holy offers much in the way of notes on self-care...
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