Theological Education in the Mobile Classroom: Working toward Justice for Migrants and Climate Justice along the Border
Nov
23
9:00 AM09:00

Theological Education in the Mobile Classroom: Working toward Justice for Migrants and Climate Justice along the Border

rev. abby mohaupt and I will co-present at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion this fall. We will share this paper, the abstract for which follows.

Climate change and immigration are difficult topics, made more volatile when put in conversation with religion. However, two feminist scholars have created a mobile classroom for students to learn from people who have migrated to the US and people experiencing the effects of climate change. The classroom centers lived experience and solidarity, inviting students to learn in the public sphere as we move from a Texas seminary to the US/Mexico border.

We go to the border because we have been invited. We listen to stories of people and meet the land itself. We walk with students as they discern how they will respond. We invite students to become aware not only of the teachings of the religious and secular  traditions to which they belong, but also to introduce them to contexts that can acquaint them with right orientation of the heart and right action on immigration and climate change.

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Anger as a Resource for Ecclesial Change: Responding to Sexual Abuse in the U.S. American Catholic Church
Jun
8
2:30 PM14:30

Anger as a Resource for Ecclesial Change: Responding to Sexual Abuse in the U.S. American Catholic Church

June 6-9, 2019
Catholic Theological Society of America
Pittsburgh, PA

Drawing on the work of dialogue partners from Chicana feminist literature and Latina theology, this paper explores the possibility that anger can be an experience that clarifies a just course of action.   It will provide support for the claim that righteous anger not only is an appropriate response to injustice, but can also clear a path toward right action toward ecclesial change. In doing so, this paper will focus on the systemic sexual abuse of children at the hands of Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania.

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Las Caminatas por la Paz y las Misas en el Barrio:  How Nonviolent Practices in East Los Angeles Witness to the Kin-dom of God
Jun
8
11:00 AM11:00

Las Caminatas por la Paz y las Misas en el Barrio: How Nonviolent Practices in East Los Angeles Witness to the Kin-dom of God

June 6-9, 2019
Catholic Theological Society of America
Pittsburgh, PA

This paper details two popular Catholic practices—las caminatas por la paz (the peace walks) y las Misas en el barrio (neighborhood Masses)—that witness to the reality of the Kin-dom of God.  Drawing on two winters of field research in an East Los Angeles Catholic parish, I highlight the tensions between the work of a parish that has partnered with their local police department for over thirty years, in the hopes of bringing gang violence in their neighborhood to an end, and the fatal violence that police department perpetrated against a 14-year-old boy in August 2016.

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Sharing Our Stories: Culture and Catholicism
Oct
1
2:25 PM14:25

Sharing Our Stories: Culture and Catholicism

Pontifical University Antonianum
Rome, Italy

This panel is part of a book launch and symposium for the Catholic Women Speak collection of essays entitled Visions and Vocations (Paulist Press, 2018). Sheila Pires (South Africa) will moderate a conversation between Leslye Colvin (USA), Mishal Francis (Pakistan/UK), Gertrude Jesufu (Sierra Leone), Anna Kasafi Perkins (Jamaica), Zuzanne Radzik (Poland), and me. Our dialogue will lift up themes from our contributions to the book in light of our cultural contexts.

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