This essay shares reflections on the 2012 Consultation of African and African Disaporic Women in Religion and Theology by two professors of pastoral care and counseling. Using their experiences of Christianity, womanist theology, and African American history, they consider social constructs of race and gender and their effects on violence against women of African descent. The essay discusses civil rights, the enslavement practices of trokosi, the importance of self-care and positive self-identity construction, and the need for communal lament. The authors also discuss the need to affirm interdependent realities of African and African Disaporic women who live with experiences of violence, and include reflection on how such experiences shape women’s lives. The act of “remembering” is explored through art, conversation, and reflections on the pilgrimage through castles of enslavement to offer a model of self-care and potential ways to use pain and memory to re-construct identity
McCrary, Carolyn Akua L. and Wallace, Beverly, "The Women Gathered – Stringing Beads of Resistance: Identity, Lament, and Hope: A Pastoral Care Reflection and Response" (2016). Interdenominational Theological Center Faculty Publications. 6.
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