Indigenous Christianity in Madagascar: The Power to Heal in Community Cynthia Holder Rich

ISBN: 9781299428355

Published: May 10th 2014

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210 pages


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Indigenous Christianity in Madagascar: The Power to Heal in Community  by  Cynthia Holder Rich

Indigenous Christianity in Madagascar: The Power to Heal in Community by Cynthia Holder Rich
May 10th 2014 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 210 pages | ISBN: 9781299428355 | 3.74 Mb

Madagascar is a poor country with very little power on the world stage. As a former French colony, Madagascars wealth has often been viewed as available to others with more power to take and use as they please. This trend continues today- while itsMoreMadagascar is a poor country with very little power on the world stage. As a former French colony, Madagascars wealth has often been viewed as available to others with more power to take and use as they please.

This trend continues today- while its unique flora and fauna and potential mineral resources excite international business, government, and conservation interests, for the most part, the lives of Malagasy people receive little attention.In this context of powerlessness, an indigenous Christian movement offers empowerment and healing to people with mental illness.

The movement, little-known outside the country, has offered care and community to many of societys outcasts for over a century. The impact of the movements work is so great that national health officials depend on the movement for mental health services, which are woefully lacking outside the movements camps.In this volume, the movements strategies for caring in community are explored, particularly focusing on understandings and uses of power among the powerless.

The book includes discussion of power use and abuse by colonial, missionary, ecclesial, national, and international forces, analyzes relationships between the powerful and powerless, asks theological questions about power and the Jesus movement worldwide, and invites conversation on the potential power of the building of communities of care for people with mental illness in other contexts globally, to work toward healing, justice, and health.



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