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Palgrave Macmillan

Indigenous Australia and the Unfinished Business of Theology

Cross-Cultural Engagement

ISBN 9781137426673
Publication Date June 2014
Formats Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Postcolonialism and Religions

Indigenous Australia has on the one hand been romanticized and patronized, and on the other hand been avoided and ignored, in colonial, contextual and indigenous theologies. Indigenous Australia and the Unfinished Business of Theology consequently enters into (and invites ongoing) engagement with theological and cultural topics at the intersections of Indigeneity, Church, Colonization, Settlement, Mission, Apology, Reconciliation, Hermeneutics, Migration, and more. The book begins by drawing attention to the ongoing colonization of Australia, and to the rich wisdoms of Indigenous Australians which non-Indigenous people have not begun to respect, learn and appreciate. The remaining chapters are by non-Indigenous people who critically engage with some of the impacts and blind-spots of colonial, missionary, settler and migrant cultures. Together, the multidisciplinary contributors read and engage with indigenous heritages, arts, memories, and stories, as well as the policies and practices of Australian governments and churches.

Jione Havea is a Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies at United Theological College, within the School of Theology at Charles Sturt University, Australia. His previous works include "Diaspora Contexted," Black Theology 11 (2013), 185-200, and "From reconciliation to adoption," in Mission as Ministry of Reconciliation, edited by Robert Schreiter and Knud Jørgensen (2013), 294-300. He is a native of Tonga who lives and works in Australia.

1. Colonization Has Many Names; Neville Naden and Jione Havea
2. Receive, Touch, Feel, and Give Raypirri; Maratja Dhamarrandji and Jione Havea
3. Seeing Otherwise: Touching Sacred Things; Rod Pattenden
4. Missionary Genocide: Moral Illegitimacy and the Churches in Australia; Sarah Maddison
5. From Little Things Big Things Grow; Mandy Tibbey
6. Reconciling a Platypus Nation: Can Churches Help?; Margaret Tam
7. Ritual, in the Healing of Memories; John Fitz-Herbert
8. Migration and Rudd's Apology: Whose Voices are Heard, and What do They Mean for the Church?; Chris Budden
9. In Touch out of Touch: The Church and Reconciliation; Gerard Moore
10. National Black Congress: Ambivalence and Ambiguity; William W. Emilsen
11. Formation for Ordained Ministry: Out of Touch?; Stephen Burns
12. Envisioning an Emerging Asian Australian Christianity; Jonathan Y. Tan
13. Place and Displacement: Reading Scriptures with Indigenous Australians; L. Lee Levett-Olson
14. Hope with and Trust in Aboriginal Stories; Sang Taek Lee
15. Forgive us our Trespasses: Black Australia, Peopled Wilderness, Eroding Islands; Jione Havea

Chris Budden, Charles Sturt University, Australia
Stephen Burns, Episcopal Divinity School, USA
Maratja Dhamarrandji, Independent Scholar, Australia
William W. Emilsen, Charles Sturt University, Australia
John Fitz-Herbert, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane, Australia
Sang Taek Lee, Charles Sturt University, Australia
L. Lee Levett-Olson, Nungalinya College, Australia
Sarah Maddison, University of New South Wales, Australia
Gerard Moore, Charles Sturt University, Australia
Neville Naden, Independent Scholar, Australia
Rod Pattenden, Chair of Blake Society and Uniting Church minister, Australia
Margaret Tam, Australian Catholic University, Australia
Jonathan Y. Tan, Australian Catholic University, Australia
Mandy Tibbey, New South Wales Bar Association, Australia


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