From reconciliation to adoption: A talanoa from Oceania

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In this essay, I engage two manifestations of reconciliation: first, what I call culture of tulou; and second, islanders' attitude toward time (or more appropriately, 'island time'). I will draw from my Tongan experience, which is part of, but not all there is to, the rich island cultures in Oceania.I will argue that reconciliation is not enough for the people of Oceania. As a migrant to Australia who commits to the interests of First Peoples (Aborigines), I propose a shift from reconciliation (which is already on the agenda) to theologies of adoption (which is what Second Peoples can learn from First Peoples). I call for such a shift, but I cannot fully address what that might involve in a short essay like this one. This essay is therefore a call for more than reconciliation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMission as ministry of reconciliation
EditorsRobert Schreiter, Knud Jorgensen
Place of PublicationOxford, UK
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781912343300
ISBN (Print)9781908355263
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameRegnum Edinburgh centenary series


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