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Mourning for Yasmina: A Passion Narrative. Storytelling and Social Engagement in Urban Ministry

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This chapter uses Pastor Monique's journal to explore the function of storytelling, and especially of narratives of pain and survival, in empowering local communities. It explores an actual example of a neighborhood pastor's work: the writings of Pastor Monique. The chapter analyzes this text in three ways: as reportage, as a literary creation, and as a typical example of a specific genre, that is, the Passion narrative. Pastor Monique described in her journal how the people in her neighborhood, a mix of immigrants and indigenous Dutch, reacted to the murder of five-year old Muslim girl Yasmina in October 2000. The chapter investigates whether, and how, stories of suffering and survival can set in motion a practice of public engagement and what roles the neighborhood pastor, her theological agenda, and religious imagery and frames of reference might play in this.

Keywords: Passion narrative; Pastor Monique; reportage; storytelling; Yasmina



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