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A theology of empowerment : reflections from a West Timorese feminist perspective / Mery Kolimon. [ContactZone, Vol. 5].
Zürich ; Münster : LIT, 2010.
XIV, 289, 2 S. ; 24 cm.
Paperback ISBN 9783825811679

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Mery L.Y. Kolimon (* 1972 in SoE, West Timor) ponders on the generative theme of empowerment from a cross-cultural perspective. She traces this notion in the text (the Bible and Christian traditions) and explores concepts and applications of empowerment in global and local (West Timor, Indonesia) contexts. By using both written and oral sources this book offers a new way of "doing theology from below".

CONTENTS:

FOREWORD xi
INTRODUCTION 1
PART ONE: DESCRIBING EMPOWERMENT 9
CHAPTER 1 DEFINITIONS AND ROOTS OF
EMPOWERMENT 11
1.1. Definitions 11
1.2. Roots of empowerment 16
1.3. Empowerment in Indonesia 17
1.4. Conclusion 18
CHAPTER 2 EMPOWERMENT IN POLITICAL DISCOURSE
2.1. Empowerment and participatory democracy 20
2.2. Civil society empowerment 22
2.3. Political empowerment in Indonesia 25
2.4. Conclusion 26
CHAPTER 3 EMPOWERMENT IN FEMINIST DISCOURSE 28
3.1. Subject of empowerment 29
3.2. Dimensions of empowerment 30
3.3. Praxis of empowerment 31
3.4. Purpose of empowerment 32
3.5. Empowerment of women in Indonesia 33
3.6. Conclusion 35
CHAPTER 4 EMPOWERMENT IN MULTICULTURAL
CONTEXT
4.1. Human beings and culture 35
4.2. Relationship among cultures 37
4.3. Unbalanced cultural relationships 39
4.4. Empowerment of local religions and cultures 40
4.5. Conclusion 43
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CHAPTER 5 HEALING AND EMPOWERMENT 44
5.1. Definition of healing 44
5.2. Healing and healer 46
5.3. Healing as empowerment 47
5.4. Conclusion 48
PART TWO: JESUS CHRIST AND EMPOWERMENT
IN CHRISTIAN TRADITION 51
CHAPTER 6 JESUS AND POWER 53
6.1. Social-historical context of Jesus' time 54
6.1.1. Social-political situation 54
6.1.2. Social-religious situation 57
6.1.3. Social-economic situation 59
6.2. Jesus and power 62
6.3. Jesus and the powers of his Day 64
6.3.1. Jesus and political power 65
6.3.2. Jesus and religious power 72
6.3.3. Jesus and economic power 76
6.4. Conclusion 78
CHAPTER 7 RECONSTRUCTING JESUS' MODEL
OF EMPOWERMENT
7.1. Identifying the powerless in the Gospels 81
7.1.1. Power relationships in Jesus' time 81
7.1.2. Who were the powerless? 82
7.2. Understanding Jesus' work in his social-historical
context 83
7.3. Jesus' model of empowerment 84
7.3.1. Teaching the Kingdom of God as empowerment 85
7.3.2. Healing and exorcism as empowerment 88
7.3.3. Empowering through parables 99
7.4. Conclusion 105
CHAPTER 8 CHRISTOLOGY AND EMPOWERMENT
IN LIBERATION THEOLOGIES
8.1. Debate on power 108
8.2. Liberation and empowerment 114
8.3. Power of God and power of human beings 116
8.3.1. Power of God or power of the poor? 116
8.3.2. Actors of liberation: God and the oppressed 118
8.3.3. Sources of power: the Christian God and
other religious traditions 120
8.4. Praxis of empowerment in liberation theologies 121
8.5. Jesus Christ and empowerment 124
8.5.1. The historical Jesus as starting point 124
8.5.2. The Kingdom of God 127
8.6. Power of healing: empowerment in one's culture 128
8.7. Church teachings and empowerment 130
8.8. Conclusion 133
PART THREE: HEALING AS EMPOWERMENT
IN THE WEST TIMOR CONTEXT 137
CHAPTER 9 MAPPING THE CONTEXT 143
9.1. The geographical context 143
9.2. The political context 145
9.3. The economic context 151
9.4. The cosmological context 153
9.5. The religious context: the Meto culture and Christianity 156
9.5.1. First contact: the Western traders 156
9.5.2. Period of intentional evangelization 158
9.5.3. GMIT as an independent church 161
9.5.4. Anti-communist violence and
the revival movement of 1965 162
9.6. Gender Relationship in Timor 166
9.7. Conclusion 173
CHAPTER 10 HEALING PRACTICES AMONG
THE METO
10.1. Healers as co-workers with the Divine 175
10.1.1. Crisis at the beginning of a calling 175
10.1.2. Healers as servants of the poor 176
10.1.3. Vision of health as part of cultural identity 178
10.1.4. Dreams as media for encountering the Divine 179
10.2. Power and empowerment in healing 180
10.3. Sources of healing power 181
10.4. Causes of disease and disaster 184
10.5. Types of healers 187
10.6. Cooling Rite 191
10.7. Gender issues on healing 193
10.8. Conclusion: Healing as empowerment 194
CHAPTER 11 THEOLOGICAL ISSUES IN
TRADITIONAL HEALING 195
11.1. The theological problem of power in healing 195
11.2. Uis Pah and the image of God 201
11.2.1. Uis Pah in the encounter between
Christianity and the Meto culture 202
11.2.2. Uis Pah and the Trinity 206
11.3. Who is Jesus for the Meto? 209
11.3.1. Jesus as Neno Anan (Child of Heaven) 210
11.3.2. Christ who speaks the Meto language 211
11.3.3. Jesus as the ultimate healer (mnane uf) 215
11.3.4. Jesus as the true offering (tulu 'honis) 219
11.3.5. Jesus Christ as the ultimate ancestor
(petu ufma o uf) 224
11.4. The Bible and empowerment in healing practice 227
11.5. Christianity and empowerment of Meto women 229
11.5.1. The revival movement as an awakening
movement of Meto women 230
11.5.2. The Meto women and empowerment 233
11.6. Traditional healing in the encounter between
Christianity and Meto culture 234
11.7. Conclusion 239
EPILOGUE
1. Toward a theology of empowerment from a
cross-cultural perspective 242
1.1. Theological problem of power in the empowerment
discourse 243
1.2. Healing as empowerment 249
1.3. The question of power in cultural encounters 252
2. Empowerment as a generative theme of theological debate 257
2.1. Liberation theologies and empowerment 258
2.2. The church praxis of empowerment in
the Indonesian context 259
3. Personal reflection on power and empowerment 263
SAMENVATTING (in Dutch) 268
BIBLIOGRAPHY 273
Appendix 1: List of Questions for Field Research 290
Appendix 2: List of Respondents 292
Appendix 3: Map of South Middle Timor District 295

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