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Earth's Cry: Prophetic Ministry in a More Than Human World

Morgan, Janet E. (2010) Earth's Cry: Prophetic Ministry in a More Than Human World. Doctor of Ministry Studies thesis, UNSPECIFIED.


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Earth cries out: a cry that is global and emplaced. Ministry is a response to cry. This thesis offers a conceptual structure for a process I call ecoministry. The structure arises from three intersecting elements: the critical interdisciplinarity of the ecohumanities, the ministerial model of James and Evelyn Whitehead (1995), and the prophetic imagination as interpreted by Walter Brueggemann (2001). A thread that runs through all three is narrative, and narrative is always emplaced. The ecophilosophical critique of the nature/culture divide holds radical implications: in essence it requires resituating culture in nature. ‘Nature’ is both a construction and a reality beyond and underlying all texts. Understanding this tension in discourses about nature challenges traditional approaches to religious tradition, and leads to a recovery of place. Brueggemann’s interpretation of the prophetic imagination presents place ambiguously, and it is elided in Whiteheads’ model. In this thesis I attend to place in the narratives of Victorian Volcanic Plains grasslands, and include a stalk of kangaroo grass as a way of recognising the materiality that must now be taken into account as sacred. I conceptualise a structure for ecoministry, rooted in the prophetic tradition, that is a call to the vocation of learning what it means now to be human, by attending to Earth’s cry globally and in local places, by critiquing silences and owning the violent misuse of our power, by grieving the multiple losses entailed, by trusting emergent outcomes and by risking alternative forms of praxis.

Item Type: Theses (Doctor of Ministry Studies)
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Ecoministry, ecotheology, ecophilosophy, ecological grief, ecoprophetic ministry, James and Evelyn Whitehead, Walter Brueggemann, nature, place, reinhabitation, ecological violence, earth ethics, ecological praxis, Victorian Volcanic Plains grasslands
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Missiology
College/Association with University of Divinity: Other University of Divinity
Depositing User: Cate Headey
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2010 03:35
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2013 23:27
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/526

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