A Womanist Pastoral Theology against Intimate and Cultural by Stephanie M. Crumpton

By Stephanie M. Crumpton

This e-book is ready Black women's look for relationships and encounters that help therapeutic from intimate and cultural violence. Narratives offer an ethnographic photograph of this violence, whereas elevating issues over even if present paradigms for pastoral care and counseling are congruent with what number Black girls procedure healing.

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This additional social pressure compounded the effects of the violence, in that she also felt judged and stigmatized: I had five children. I had no man living there, okay! Except when I was married and then, you know he was working 36 A Womanist Pastoral Theology fortunately, but those didn’t last long. And then I married the 15 year younger one the second time and uh, so that was, you know, like bringing a wolf in the house. As an African American woman coming of age in the socially conservative fifties and sixties, she took pride in the fact that she never lived with a man who wasn’t her husband.

And, so from then I just remember feeling like really depressed and being an angry child growing up. I’d always just have attitude. Always getting into it with my father. Very emotional. Always crying. I remember my dad used to say, “Stop all the crying. ” So for years, once I stopped crying, it took me a long, long, long, long time, even when I was in seminary, to really start to regain my emotions and really start to cry again. And I remember I suppressed the memory. And I remember being in high school and I was just sitting at my dining room table.

Well, I did anyway. As a sexually abused child I did not know that love was not intercourse. Eliza was grown before it became clear to her that what happened between her and her father was abuse. Moving into her grandmother’s house saved her. It took her out of her abusive father’s incestuous reach, and it gave her ties with a mother figure who nurtured her in ways that her birth mother had not. It was a safer, and far more affirming environment than her own home. Yet despite the move, she continued to experience abuse.

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