Siblings By Choice: Race, Gender, And Violence by Archie SmithSiblings By Choice: Race, Gender, And Violence by Archie Smith

Siblings By Choice: Race, Gender, And Violence

byArchie Smith

Paperback | November 30, 2004

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How is it possible for women, men, and children from different cultural and spiritual backgrounds to come together and struggle against common forms of oppression? How can we create relationships and make connections as teachers and practitioners of pastoral care and counseling while we acknowledge and find value in differences? Archie Smith Jr. and Ursula Riedel-Pfaefflin turn to Mark 3:33, "Who are my mother and my brothers?" and Mark 3:35, "Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother," to propose a vision for living creatively within the realities of an intercultural world. Exploring the historical, social, political, economic, and ecological dynamics that shape who we are and how we relate to one another, Smith and Riedel-Pfaefflin uncover the many layers and complexities of race, gender, class, and violence that make change difficult to achieve and sustain, and discuss the significance of an intercultural sibling metaphor for the teaching and training of pastoral care and counseling. The incorporate art, myth, history, social sciences, and scripture to demonstrate how the concepts of intercultural realities, systemic thinking, and narrative agency help us to understand historical processes that still have an influence on today's problems of violence between cultures, races, gender, and religions. Smith and Riedel-Pfaefflin offer their own life experiences, enlightenment from theological giants, teaching tools, group exercises, and case studies to build more culturally competent counseling and teaching and to enhance personal and social transformation.
Title:Siblings By Choice: Race, Gender, And ViolenceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9 × 6.06 × 0.51 inPublished:November 30, 2004Publisher:Chalice PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0827234562

ISBN - 13:9780827234567


Editorial Reviews

"Rarely does a volume embody so clearly the invitation it sets forth to the world. Siblings by Choice: Race, Gender, and Violence is the exception. In its pages the authors ask us to consider a life where we who have been enemies work together as brothers and sisters intent on mending the world. As the authors paint for us the portraits of their own social locations we realize that they themselves represent the differences about which they speak: one an African American male who has known the systemic oppression of life in a white privileged society; the other, a German female who has known privilege because of race, but oppression because she is woman. Being of different genders, races, and nationalities, they write together in the midst of a world broken and scarred by fear and violence."