Adivasi Christians and Contextual Theology

TAPSA: Elsa Marty, Department of Theology, University of Chicago

Christians in the tribal state of Jharkhand are predominantly Adivasi (indigenous). In recent years, Christians have been returning to their Adivasi cultural roots and are increasingly reflecting on what it means to be simultaneously Christian and Adivasi. Drawing upon ethnographic work with two Lutheran denominations in Jharkhand, this paper explores the churches’ different approaches to articulating and promoting an Adivasi Christian identity and discusses the implications of their divergent approaches for contextual theology more broadly.

Dates: 
Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 5:00pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)