The healing dynamics of space. Relational and systemic therapy in pastoral care to people suffering from poverty.


  • DJ Louw



To deal with poverty in a constructive way, is often hampered by perceptions which deprive poor people from their human dignity. Despite diaconic actions of help and outreach, the challenge to contextual pastoral care is to create a space where people can rediscover their human dignity despite the limitations of poor conditions. Poverty is not only a lack of provision and supply; it often resides in a feeling of inferiority. A hermeneutical model for counselling both the poor and the rich is developed in order to foster a courage to be as well as to help people how to respond to severe poverty in a constructive way and manner. A paradigm shift in God-images and schemata of interpretation is proposed in order to create a theological space of grace for the poor.






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