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Palgrave Macmillan

In Search of God's Power in Broken Bodies

A Theology of Maum

ISBN 9781137334503
Publication Date June 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series New Approaches to Religion and Power

'The body of Christ, broken for you.' These are the words almost always shared whenever the communion bread is given. But what do these words mean for women whose bodies have been broken by injustice and violence? This book interweaves feminist theological ideas, Asian spiritual traditions, and the witnesses of comfort women - sex-slaves during World War II - to offer a new approach to a theology of body. It examines the multi-layered meaning of the broken body of Christ from Christological, sacramental, and ecclesiological perspectives, and explores the centrality of body in theological discourse.

Hwa-Young Chong is Senior Pastor at Glenview United Methodist Church, USA.

Preface; Rosemary Radford Ruether
Introduction: A Theology of Maum
1. Beyond the Maternal Body
2. Broken Bodies of Korean Comfort Women
3. God's Power in Broken Bodies
4. Broken Bodies Breaking Bread
5. Conclusion


"Chong brings a new voice to the study of theology and worship that is both fascinating and life-giving. Her years of service as a Christian pastor are evident in the clear and gentle nature of her book, which brings Asian beliefs and meal practices into dialogue with Christian traditions. Chong's understanding of Christianity takes into account real suffering, but offers an alternative to views that make a virtue of accepting victimization. Instead, she suggests understanding holy communion as a feast of thanksgiving and love." - Ruth Duck, Professor of Worship, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, USA
"This profound book advances Eucharist and Asian feminist theology, and serves as a new horizon of hope for those who have suffered. Chong poignantly portrays the broken Maum of women as a map of the world's stories and histories. According to Chong, Christ's broken Maum presents heals the shattered bodies of women through the Holy Communion." - Andrew Sung Park, author of The Wounded Heart of God
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