Truth Be Told: Leveraging “Mujerista” “”And Womanist Theologies For Ministry Among Victims And Survivors Of Sex Trafficking -- By: Valerie Geer
Journal: Priscilla Papers
Volume: PP 31:1 (Winter 2017)
Article: Truth Be Told: Leveraging “Mujerista” “”And Womanist Theologies For Ministry Among Victims And Survivors Of Sex Trafficking
Author: Valerie Geer
PP 31:1 (Winter 2017) p. 24
Truth Be Told: Leveraging “Mujerista” “”And Womanist Theologies For Ministry Among Victims And Survivors Of Sex Trafficking
Valerie Geer is pursuing a Doctor of Intercultural Studies at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. She is Executive Director of the House of Ezer (www. HouseofEzer.org), a ministry for survivors of US domestic sex trafficking. As second-place winner of CBE’s 2016 Student Paper Competition, this article was part of CBE’s annual conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, in September 2016.
At the intersection of socioeconomics, ethnicity, and gender lurks one of the most insidious forms of violence against girls and women: sex trafficking. What theological insights should inform Christian ministry to victims and survivors of sex trafficking? Female theologians who are well-acquainted with histories of multiple forms of oppression should inform Christian practice. Therefore, mujerista (Spanish for “womanist”) and womanist scholars ought to be at the top of the list. Unfortunately, many evangelicals and other Christians whose praxis has primarily been informed by white, Western, male theological perspectives, are hesitant to consider theologies by and for women of color. This is a mistake. Whether or not a person fully embraces all the theological points of womanist and mujerista theologies, these contextualized liberation theologies contain powerful and poignant biblical truths that are particularly relevant to today’s victims and survivors of sex trafficking. This paper will first highlight relevant definitions and themes in mujerista and womanist theologies, then examine the implications for ministry among today’s sex trafficking victims and survivors.
Mujerista Theology: A Relational Missiology Within Latino/A Liberation Theology
Mujerista theology is a constructed, contextualized liberation theology by Latinas. Mujeristas assert that “theology is a praxis— that is, reflection-action that in a spiraling motion integrates the faith of Latina women with the struggle for liberation-fullness of life.”1 Mujeristas contend that their social location as both women and Latinas in the United States places them among the most marginalized. Latinas of all economic classes in the United States lag behind in education, health access and economic well- being, relative to other women, with the exception of African American and Native American women who share these lower echelons of societal status, putting them at a higher risk for sexual exploitation.2
Mujerista theology is grounded in an integrated understanding of salvation and libe...
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