A Reader in Latina Feminist Theology: Religion and Justice

Paperback | April 15, 2002

EditorMaría Pilar Aquino, Daisy L. Machado, Jeanette Rodríguez

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Speaking for the growing community of Latina feminist theologians, the editors of this volume write, "With the emergence and growth of the feminist theologies of liberation, we no longer wait for others to define or validate our experience of life and faith.... We want to express in our own words our plural ways of experiencing God and our plural ways of living our faith. And these ways have a liberative tone."

With twelve original essays by emerging and established Latina feminist theologians, this first-of-its-kind volume adds the perspectives, realities, struggles, and spiritualities of U.S. Latinas to the larger feminist theological discourse. The editors have gathered writings from both Roman Catholics and Protestants and from various Latino/a communities. The writers address a wide array of theological concerns: popular religion, denominational presence and attraction, methodology, lived experience, analysis of nationhood, and interpretations of life lived on a border that is not only geographic but also racial, gendered, linguistic, and religious.

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Speaking for the growing community of Latina feminist theologians, the editors of this volume write, "With the emergence and growth of the feminist theologies of liberation, we no longer wait for others to define or validate our experience of life and faith.... We want to express in our own words our plural ways of experiencing God and...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.97 × 5.98 × 0.7 inPublished:April 15, 2002Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292705123

ISBN - 13:9780292705128

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Foreword by Olga Villa ParraIntroductionPart I: Sources, Thought, and Praxis of Latina Feminist Insight1. Michelle A. González Seeing Beauty within Torment: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and the Baroque in New Spain2. Teresa Delgado Prophesy Freedom: Puerto Rican Women's Literature as a Source for Latina Feminist Theology3. Gail Pérez Ana Castillo as Santera: Reconstructing Popular Religious Praxis4. Leticia A. Guardiola-Sáenz Reading from Ourselves: Identity and Hermeneutics among Mexican-American Feminists5. Anna Adams Perception Matters: Pentecostal Latinas in Allentown, Pennsylvania6. Jeanette Rodríguez Latina Activists: Toward an Inclusive Spirituality of Being in the WorldPart II: U.S. Latina Feminist Theological Insight7. María Pilar Aquino Latina Feminist Theology: Central Features8. Daisy L. Machado The Unnamed Woman: Justice, Feminists, and the Undocumented Woman9. Carmen Marie Nanko Justice Crosses the Border: The Preferential Option for the Poor in the United States10. Nora O. Lozano-Díaz Ignored Virgin or Unaware Women: A Mexican-American Protestant Reflection on the Virgin of Guadalupe11. Gloria Inés Loya Pathways to a Mestiza Feminist Theology12. Nancy Pineda-Madrid Notes Toward a ChicanaFeminist Epistemology (and Why It Is Important for Latina Feminist Theologies)Selected BibliographyContributorsIndex

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To my knowledge, this anthology is the first attempt to give a comprehensive account of the emerging field of Latina feminist theology, and the various contributions illustrate how variegated this field promises to be. - Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, Krister Stendahl Professor of Scripture and Interpretation, Harvard Divinity School