Going Native: reStorying Theology and Hermeneutics

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The Covid pandemic reminds us of the bad-effects of contact with outside civilizations – colonization of (is)lands, bodies, minds, and spirits. In colonized Pasifika, natives were dispossessed and shunned; but in the ‘new normal’, Native wisdom could heal theological and hermeneutical tasks. Seeing the practices of contextualization as tools for the colonial and missionary projects, this article presents talanoa (orality, oratory) and kautaha (working together) as native Pasifika practices that encourage interaction and collaboration (desperately needed in Covid’s lockdown and isolationist new normal). Talanoa and kautaha are the heart and soul of going native and reStorying (retell, reimagine, repurpose).
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
Specialist publicationModern Believing
PublisherLiverpool University Press
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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