Modern Believing

Going Native: reStorying Theology and Hermeneutics

Modern Believing (2021), 62, (4), 349–357.

Abstract

The Covid pandemic reminds us of the bad effects of contact with outside civilisations - colonisation of (is)lands, bodies, minds and spirits. In colonised Pasifika, natives were dispossessed and shunned; but in the ‘new normal’, Native wisdom could heal theological and hermeneutical tasks. Seeing the practices of contextualisation as tools for the colonial and missionary projects, this article presents talanoa (orality, oratory) and kautaha (working together) as native Pasifika practices that encourage interaction and collaboration (desperately needed in Covid’s lockdown and isolationist new normal). Talanoa and kautaha are the heart and soul of going native and reStorying (retell, reimagine, repurpose).

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References

Havea, Jione (2012) ‘Kautaha in Island Hermeneutics, Governance and Leadership’, Pacific Journal of Theology, Ser II, 47, 3-13. Google Scholar

Havea, Jione (2021) ‘Covid-19: New Normals, Old Platforms’, in Jione Havea, ed. MEDIAting Theology. Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 185-97. Google Scholar

Pacific Conference of Churches (2021) ‘Singing the Lord’s Song in Strange Lands and Times - A Just Pacific in the Time of Covid-19’, YouTube, 9 June, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBK68NlXD54. Google Scholar

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Havea, Jione