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HI-Touch Pastoral Approach in the 21st Century

A response to the problem of insufficient organic link between faith and daily life in Nigeria

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Sylvester Ajunwa

«Human Integrated Touch» (HI-Touch) is a pastoral care approach that could be a response to the lingering problems of Christianity marred by an insufficient organic link between faith and daily life in Nigeria. Arguing for an integrated approach to humans and the human condition, the study presents the HI-Touch as a form of pastoral care that is not only based on religious affiliations, but also on human authentic values vis-a vis an authentic Christian faith in a dynamic society. The growth of atheism in modern societies is not only a conceptual denial of the existence of God but an elimination of God from the affairs of man. The right way to overcome this is through a new order of human relations that calls for love, mutual respect, hospitality, empathy, communion, and dialogue with one another in all human situations.
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Chapter Six: Application: HI-Touch Pastoral Praxis in Nigeria

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Chapter Six:  Application: HI-Touch Pastoral Praxis in Nigeria

The target of this research has been to define a pastoral approach that will bridge the gap between faith as professed and faith as lived in Nigeria, a pastoral approach that will bridge the insufficient organic link between faith and daily life in Nigeria, a pastoral approach that will be ecclesiological and social, communal and personal, adaptive and integrative in solving pastoral problems as well as social problems. This target is not only a goal of this research but it is also the goal of the two Synodal assemblies for Africa. In their words these synods call for the possibility of transforming theology into pastoral care, namely into a very concrete pastoral ministry in which the great perspective found in the scripture and tradition will find application in the activity of the pastor (cf. Africa Munus, 10). HI-Touch pastoral approach has the propensity to fulfil this goal. In its integrative nature and capacity it can bridge the gap between faith and daily life in Nigeria. Based on the findings about Nigeria in Chapters one and two, this Chapter will discuss a few practical areas for the application of HI-Touch pastoral care as conceptualized in Chapter five. This chapter is in fact a continuation of Chapter five. It will look at some basic areas for the application of HI-Touch pastoral approach in Nigeria. The areas of application discussed here are not exhaustive and they do not nullify the dogged pastoral efforts...

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