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African Women’s Theology, Gender Relations, and Family Systems Theory

Pastoral Theological Considerations and Guidelines for Care and Counseling

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Mpyana Fulgence Nyengele

African women theologians have written extensively about problems in gender relations in African contexts, identifying oppressive elements and their effects on women’s self-concept and status in the church, family, and society. This book provides much-needed pastoral theological attention and a response to the psychospiritual, relational, and sociocultural effects of gender injustice and marginalization of women. It critically examines concepts, methods, and principles of family systems theory, analyzes gender relations in African families and churches, and develops a theology of pastoral care (based on the Trinitarian concept of perichoresis) that offers pastoral guidelines for effective pastoral counseling with women and men, as well as recommendations for corrective and preventative care grounded in educational strategies. The paradigm of pastoral care that emerges attends both to women affected by gender injustice and to the sociocultural norms that cause distress and perpetuate gender oppression.