Discovering the face of an intercultural God : Christian evangelization among the Turkana nomads of Kenya and implications for the worldwide church.

Author: Grenham, Thomas Gerard

Awarding University: Boston College, USA

Level : PhD

Year: 2002

Holding Libraries: University Microfilms International ;

Subject Terms: Turkana (African people) ; Acculturation ; Ethnology ; Christianity ; Evangelism ;

Pages: 0

Advisors: Adviser: Groome, Thomas H

Abstract:

This dissertation defines interculturation as the activity of persons from diverse cultures and religious worldviews mutually and respectfully interacting with the intention of discovering the vision of the Gospel. Seeds of Gospel vision exist in every person, culture, and religion. Religious intercultural engagement uncovers the spirituality of the gospel which can lead to both a local and global commitment for the well-being of every person, culture, and religious perspective. The process of interculturation perceives cultural and religious interdependency as crucial for life-giving relationships within all creation. Worldwide collaboration is necessary to sustain human dignity and life for all. Within an age of globalization that fosters economic interdependency among nation-states, diverse cultures and religious perspectives encounter different challenges and opportunities for understanding religious and cultural identity, faith, human freedom, transcendence, justice, peace, reconciliation, relationships, and so forth. All religious evangelization, particularly Christian evangelization, needs further exploration in order to foster a diverse spiritual solidarity within this interconnected and interdependent world. Religious education functions in nurturing the life-giving seeds of the Gospel into plants of spiritual nourishment that reflect scented flowers of life-giving interpretation, appropriation, and transformation for sustained hope. Agents of Christian evangelization have the task of actualizing Gospel vision through relevant religious practices, localizing this vision within the contextuality of lived human experience, and globalizing this sense of transcendence for human well-being worldwide. For diverse communities of faith, meaning and a sense of belonging are discerned when each engages the other in an evolution of conversation. Such life-giving conversation is underpinned by a respectful reciprocity that shares power to create a conducive environment for mutual trust. This environment shapes and nurtures 'right relationship' with ourselves, others, creation, and God.