Decreation and Attention in the Thought of Simone Weil: Reimagining Pastoral Ministry in the Pandemic Era


  • Jessica Novia Layantara Sekolah Tinggi Teologi Satyabhakti, Malang, Indonesia



Decreation, Attention, Simone Weil, Pastoral Ministry, COVID-19 Pandemic


This paper proposes a model of pastoral care in the pandemic era which is inspired by the concepts of decreation and attention in Simone Weil’s thinking. Decreation and attention are two important concepts in Weil's theological thought. Decreation in Weil's thought can be interpreted as denial of oneself so that the other can be revealed. The concept of decreation is inspired by God's act of withdrawal, which He did so that all creation could exist. Decreation manifests in attention, by emptying oneself, and being ready to be fully open to the disclosure of the other. Using Weil’s two concepts, this paper proposes “decreational ministry.” In this model, the church is no longer focused on pastoral ministries that are “creating” forms of service that attract many congregations to come to church, but instead focuses on placing other people or the congregation as the center of pastoral care. Decreational ministry thus has three characteristics: (1) space-giving, (2) friendly, (3) “empty” and “silent.”


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How to Cite

Layantara, Jessica Novia. “Decreation and Attention in the Thought of Simone Weil: Reimagining Pastoral Ministry in the Pandemic Era”. Veritas: Jurnal Teologi dan Pelayanan 21, no. 2 (December 31, 2022): 225–244. Accessed May 24, 2024.



Special Themes: (Re)Imagining the Church in a Postpandemic Era