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Hope in Time of HIV and AIDS: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: a pastoral appraoch

McCarthy, Mary M. (2011) Hope in Time of HIV and AIDS: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: a pastoral appraoch. Doctor of Ministry Studies thesis, UNSPECIFIED.


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Hope in a Time of HIV and AIDS: a pastoral approach seeks to develop strategies for pastoral ministry that might nurture hope. The study is informed by evidence gathered from social research and reflective engagement with the Christian tradition. It addresses the question, what is it like living with HIV in Port Moresby today? It investigates the effect of an HIV diagnosis on people in relationships and the influence of cultural and contextual factors. Employing ethnography as its method, data were collected using participant observation, in-depth interviews and document analysis. Data analysis used a grounded theory approach.
The study concludes that people find hope for living by drawing on the resources of the community, especially support from caregivers within the family, from faith communities and by accessing health services. They can manage their infection and find enjoyment in their lives. On the other hand, people living with HIV who have no home or resources in the city and depend on government, community and church services for care, struggle to survive. Faith sustains many in times of crisis.
Strategies for pastoral ministry include support and care of individuals and families affected by HIV and also encompass social, cultural and political action to strengthen communities and challenge the structural injustice underlying the HIV epidemic.

Item Type: Theses (Doctor of Ministry Studies)
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: HIV, AIDS, Pastoral Care, Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby, Psalms of Lament, Finding Hope, God's Justice, Voicing Pain, Pastoral Research, Pastoral Theology, Ethnography, grounded theory
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
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: Ministry Studies
College/Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
Depositing User: Cate Headey
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2011 03:31
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2011 03:31
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/905

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