Abstract Configuring the Context of Realistic Christian Hope: A Multidisciplinary Inquiry into Practices of Pastoral Care for Marginalized Persons By Bo-Rah Chung What makes hope possible for those deemed "minorities" on the margins of society? The influences of marginalization fundamentally constitute a person's experience of hope over time. This dissertation uses a phenomenological social constructivist approach to examine the complexity and ambiguity of human experience in context through multidisciplinary analyses of contemporary pastoral theologies of hope, life course perspectives on inequality, and a theological anthropological model by Edward Farley. This inquiry into everyday experience of marginalization and hope extends the ecclesial dimension of Christian practice of care. This research envisions a constructive practical theology of realistic hope for marginalized persons in terms of a faithful commitment to living in tragic and social vulnerability and the freedom of vitality. Hope can be forged by everyday actions and narratives. Christian hope for marginalized persons emerges from the ecclesial and redemptive practices of care: life-affirming relationships, participations, and dialogues.