By Stephanie M. Crumpton
This publication is set Black women's look for relationships and encounters that aid therapeutic from intimate and cultural violence. Narratives supply an ethnographic photo of this violence, whereas elevating issues over even if current paradigms for pastoral care and counseling are congruent with what percentage Black ladies strategy healing.
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For Rori, these affirming events began an important process of building a relationship with God. With time, she gained the self-confidence to question what she had been taught in church. This questioning shed light on the hypocrisy she experienced in being raped by a church leader and simultaneously being raised to be a religious, socially conservative, Christian woman. She began re-evaluating the religious and social messages she had received about what it meant to be Black and female. ” In her Church of God in Christ tradition, female bodies were something to be covered up, and sex wasn’t addressed unless it was discussed within the context of marriage or in terms of how it was wrong.
But, this was the first time she had ever pulled the violent incidents in her life together to speak about them in a cohesive narrative. When it was her turn to share with the group, she waited until she had everyone’s attention at the table, and began to read the manuscript she brought with her. How have I dealt with my hurts and my anger and my losses and my pain? I write about it, about them. Some of them I dissolve in the memory bank of my hurts. Some of them I forget for a long time in order not to allow them to continue to hurt me.
The drugs and alcohol didn’t work, but she still went to church. The message she heard changed her. ” He got my attention. So, that was a different Sunday for me, because I had planned to go home with this guy after the service. He was supposed to meet up, have dinner, and go have sex. It blew all that away, okay. My thing, my walk with God had been one that when I finally realized at this point right here that God was talking to me? And I had been listening but not listening. You know how you hear, but you don’t listen?
A Womanist Pastoral Theology against Intimate and Cultural Violence by Stephanie M. Crumpton