Making new spaces in between: A post-reflective essay weaving postcolonial threads into North American homiletics
Jacobsen, David Schnasa
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Citation (published version)Yohan Go, David Schnasa Jacobsen, Duse Lee. 2015. "Making New Spaces In Between: A Post-Reflective Essay Weaving Postcolonial Threads into North American Homiletics." Homiletic, Volume 40, Issue 1, https://doi.org/10.15695/hmltc.v40i1.4122
This post-reflective essay is intended to provide common themes/threads that repeatedly appear throughout the consultation papers. However, it should be noted that though we distill and present these threads, not only numerous voices can remain unearthed but also the threads in themselves are porous, hybrid, changing, thus resonating. The threads that we identified in the papers are as follows: Hybridity and Identity in Contemporary Homiletic, Third Space, Loss and Memory, Performative Element, Context, Postcolonial Hermeneutics/Imagination, and Self-Reflexivity. In summary, these threads can be described in the following way: First, hybrid identity is closely related with Third Space, because postcolonial preaching is to create a Third Space where hybrid identity is forged. Thus, the understanding of both concepts is crucial for postcolonial preaching. Second, the lost should be recovered since under the influence of neo/colonialism, different elements (including memory) of the past that construct identities are lost, displaced and/or removed. Third, performative element is to be considered, focusing not only how and what to preach but also where to preach. Fourth, it is important to have synchronic and diachronic views of context as well as understanding of the inherent power dynamic within contexts. Fifth, postcolonial hermeneutics/imagination is needed to revision reality in historical, dialogical, and diasporic dimension. Finally, self-reflexivity is always required in order not to reproduce colonial discourse.