Into exile: theological perspectives on hearing the voices of Black queer Pentecostal men seeking asylum in the UK

Omari G. Hutchinson*

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Abstract

This paper presents fieldwork data extracted from a wider doctoral research project. The voices of five Black, gay Pentecostal men from countries in the Caribbean and Africa who are seeking asylum in the UK are heard and reflected upon theologically. The study contributes to ongoing practical theological conversation about the nature and practice of knowing the ‘other’. Three perspectives are used to interpret the men's experience of rejection, sometimes extreme violence and flight into exile; multiplicity of identity; multiple overwhelmings; and exile itself in relation to the author's reflexivity and the lived spirituality of the interviewees. The article concludes by placing their voices in dialogue with Christ's crucifixion and resurrection calling for, following Girard, an end to their scapegoating.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)426-436
Number of pages11
JournalPractical Theology
Volume11
Issue number5
Early online date17 Oct 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2018

Keywords

  • asylum
  • black
  • exile
  • multiple identities
  • multiple overwhelmings
  • queer theology

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