Mother Earth, Postcolonial and Liberation Theologies adds another contribution to the ongoing interrogation of an imminent universal crisis, global warming. Examining the environmental crisis from liberation, postcolonial, and theological lenses in Africa, the continent whose people stand to bear the brunt of ecological catastrophe, the contributors provide fresh perspectives that place this book at the forefront of new research being done across the African continent. The volume serves as a compendium for the intersection of African spirituality, cultural expression, and the earth.
Sophia Chirongoma is a senior lecturer in the religious studies department at Midlands State University, Zimbabwe. She is also a research fellow at the Research Institute for Theology and Religion (RITR) in the College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa (UNISA).
Esther Mombo is associate professor in the Faculty of Theology at St. Paul’s University in Limuru, Kenya.
Introduction: Mother Earth and Postcolonial and Liberation Theologies
Sophia Chirongoma and Esther Mombo
Part 1: Introductory Mapping
1.30 Years of African Women’s Liberation Theology
Esther Mombo and Sophia Chirongoma
Part 2: Envisioning Mother Africa’s Liberation through Textual Exploration
2.Sisters of the Soil … Surviving Collective Cultural Traumatization: Intertextualities between Hagar, the Ethiopian Virgin Girls in the Book of Esther, and Mother Africa
3.A Kenyan Postcolonial Feminist Rereading of the Fourth Gospel: Towards a Christology for Eco- and Gender Justice
Part 3: Earth Friendly and Eco-Feminist Hermeneutics
4.“On Earth as It Is in Heaven”: Conversations between Musa Dube’s Earth-Friendly Hermeneutics and Sallie McFague’s Ecological Theology
5.The Cry of the Earth Is the Cry of Women: Ecofeminisms in Critical Dialogue with Laudato Si’
Part 4: Mother Africa and Postcolonial Musings on Eco-Justice
6.African Women as Environmental Freedom Fighters
7.The Discourse of Drought: Ongoing Gendered Inequality of Water Access in Cape Town, and the Implications for Public Theology
8.“Redeeming the Land….” Pentecostalism, Neo-colonialism, and Re-imagining Africa
9.Voices from the Margins: Religio-Cultural Perspectives of Women, Children, and the Elderly amidst the Tokwe-Mukosi Dam Displacements in Zimbabwe
Mother Earth, Postcolonial and Liberation Theologies is a deep and intense cry from the womb of Africa.
Chronicling the faithful and persistent pilgrimage of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians to the Promised Land of true liberation and freedom in every sphere of life and living on the planet, this landmark collection of essays is informed and visionary. It is churned in the crucible of an incisive socio-political and prophetic imagination.
Bravely bearing witness to a pernicious history of diminishment and erosion of true personhood in Africa, through the blight of colonial oppression and discrimination, poverty, wars, degradation of our common environment, and the absence of basic amenities for dignified, everyday living, this book is a CRY OF THE EARTH for urgent change and transformation. Grounded and rooted in a robust contextual theology, it is a compelling call for the restoration and healing of humanity in the image of God.
Mother Earth is ailing and we who live on and with her are causing her great distress. The ecofeminist essays in this book written by members of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians clearly describe her human-induced pain. The authors use feminist liberation hermeneutics in a variety of ways as they interrogate cultural issues in diverse African contexts. This is a unique book in African feminist scholarship and is highly recommended.
The current global ecological crisis brings us full circle to review our theological lenses of salvation and liberation in the context of global power relations of ancient, modern, and contemporary times. This volume brings the inter-sectionality of various layers of history, gender, race, and religions to interrogate the past and the present that has brought us to the current global ecological crisis. The chapters in this volume endeavor to focus our theological acts as acts of healing the Earth and re-imagining what constitutes liberation and salvation. Given the growing global interconnection, characterized by neo-liberal economic policies, driven by the maximization of profit above ethical care for the sanctity of all life, this volume is an important voice of prophecy in the quest of healing and preserving creation community.
The ecological crisis cannot be seen as a binary. The compounding effects on people minoritized in multiple ways cannot be ignored in the proposed solutions to this crisis. If these are ignored, they will fail or at best unequally succeed. All this gives urgency to listening to the voices of those most affected. This is shown clearly by the important voices of the scholars in the present volume who offer profound insights from their position and experiences as African women.