Quaker peace activist David Hartsough knows how to get in the way. He has used his body to block Navy ships headed for Vietnam and trains loaded with munitions on their way to El Salvador and Nicaragua. He has marched with mothers confronting a violent regime in Guatemala and stood with refugees threatened by death squads in the Philippines.
Arrested for his acts of faith-inspired civil disobedience, Norman Lowry reflects from his prison cell on what it means to follow Jesus in a culture of perpetual war-making. Prophets do not necessarily predict the future but the prophetic voice points out the danger ahead and reminds those so inclined to think about God; to THINK about what God might say about the present. Like the prophets Norman personally repents for the misery inflicted upon the innocent by those with political power….
Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor by Leonardo Boff In his latest work, the noted Latin American theologian Leonardo Boff extends the intuitions of liberation theology, showing how they contribute to answering urgent questions of poverty and ecological degradation. If faith fails to appreciate the ecological paradigm, Boff argues, it only adds to the crisis and begs for reform. Focusing on the threatened Amazon of his native Brazil, Boff traces the economic and metaphysical ties that bind the fate of the rain forests with the fate of the Indians and poor of the land.
He shows how liberation theology must join with ecology in reclaiming the dignity of the earth and our sense of a common community. To illustrate to possibilities, Boff turns to resources in Christian spirituality, ancient and modern, including cosmic Christology and the vision of St.
Francis of Assisi. This is the credo and seminal text of the movement which was later characterized as liberation theology.
Books by and about Archbishop Oscar Romero:. Clearly and independently from the mystery of the martyrdom of Archbishop Romero, these four documents have much to tell us today therefore about our own present situation, about ecclesiology and the prophetic obligation and mission of the Church in the modern world, and they more than merit our close reading now as we struggle still as an oppressed and a pilgrim Catholic Church in America.
Sobrino notes, salvation has many dimensions, both personal and social, historical and transcendent. Christ the Liberator: A View from the Victims. Archbishop Romero: Memories and Reflections. Martin Luther King, Jr. God of the Oppressed by James H.
But if alternative psychologies are to be built, ones that are not inherently and unconsciously oppressive, there are first some questions to ask about the nature of the knowledge and theory they can aspire to. Thus, for method, attention must be given first to the social, and then to theology. This volume is a much-needed addition to bring to an English speaking audience the currents of twenty-first century liberation theologies from Latin America. What is really happening is that what I am talking about is 'post' all this. It is the change in the religious reality of Brazil. As in his treatment of living labour, Dussel appears to be using the notion of exteriority in two complementary senses, firstly to refer to the un-rationalised aspect of humanity, that resource un-colonised in the Habermasian sense by formal systems the totality , and secondly to the humanity life circumstances, culture, consciousness of those excluded coercively from the totality of the modern world system.
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Toward Psychologies of Liberation Critical Theory and Practice in Psychology and the Human Sciences By Mary Watkins and Helene Shulman Psychologies of liberation are emerging on every continent in response to the collective traumas inflicted by colonialism and globalization. The authors present the theoretical foundation and participatory methodologies that unite these radical interdisciplinary approaches to creating individual and community well-being. They move from a description of the psychological and community wounds that are common to unjust and violent contexts to engaging examples of innovative community projects from around the world that seek to heal these wounds.
The creation of public homeplaces, the work of liberation arts, critical participatory action research, public dialogue, and reconciliation are highlighted as embodying the values and hopes of liberation psychology. Drawing on psychoanalysis, trauma studies, liberation arts, participatory research, and contemporary cultural work, this book nourishes our understanding of and imagination about the kinds of healing that are necessary to the creation of more just and peaceful communities. In dialogue with cultural workers, writers, and visionaries from Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe, the United States, and the Pacific Islands, Toward Psychologies of Liberation quickens a dialogical convergence of liberatory psychological theories and practices that will seed individual and community transformation.
Download Introd uction as PDF file. Book info and purchase links. To share in that subjugating power, we create a false self, a pleasing-to-others image of ourselves that springs from powerful and deep-seated hopes of being loved and fears of being injured and humiliated. Virgilio Elizondo. What he would do after that was not clear at the time. He was later invited to join the theology faculty at Notre Dame and he accepted.
That decision made possible this truly historic event. The convocation attracted participants, more than originally expected. The mix was unusual for a theological gathering: theological giants of the stature of the Rev. David Tracy, mainstream U. Latino and African-American counterparts, youthful theologians and students from across the United States, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia—as well as hundreds of pastoral and social justice agents from every corner of the United States and Canada.
We found light in the methods and message of liberation theology, a compelling vision for an engaged and caring Christian praxis grounded in deep biblical and doctrinal currents. Silence allows what has been said and done in the ritual to sink in.
People who thought that liberation theology was over—that it was a curious, passing phase in the theological parade—would find at this event serious reasons for changing their minds. Of special note was the presence of scores of young theologians, mostly laity, from all over the world. Several of them addressed the assembly on the last day.
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We heard, for example, about liberation theology in the context of fierce ethnic rivalries in Sri Lanka, the AIDS pandemic in Africa and the struggle for the human rights of immigrants in the United States. The initial talks highlighted the fact that in the last decade, pastoral-social agents and liberation theologians have broadened their understanding of poverty. Overly simplistic views of socioeconomic realities inspired by a soft Marxism are over. Current studies on poverty reveal its multidimensionality. It has economic, political, social, cultural and psychological dimensions.
To combat the evils of poverty today requires attention to all these levels.
Christians may try to get around this foundational datum of revelation, but they cannot do so. Other speakers showed how the option for the poor is a fundamental category of patristic theological thought and gave engaging examples from the writings of the church fathers. The stress given to the contextual and social science analyses as a first moment in the process of theological reflection helps explain this anthropocentric drive.
But that necessary first moment in the method is grounded on something else. Concern for the other, especially the least, the most seemingly insignificant, is a divine quality that is echoed over and over again in the Scriptures. Liberation theology is about God. What kind of God have we come to know in Jesus Christ?
A constant theme of the Notre Dame gathering was that the option for the poor today is deeply functional, with an apostolic spirituality of service with and for the marginalized of this earth. With characteristic brilliance, the Rev. He sketched points of contact and areas for possible future dialogue centered on the mystical-political understanding of God. Shawn Copeland, an African-American theologian who is president-elect of the Catholic Theological Society of America, suggested that the option for the poor is making new demands on theologians.
One of them is the need to move beyond the academy. John Markey, a Dominican priest, was one of the young theologians who shared what they are doing now in the development of liberation theology.
Father Markey is publishing a book on ecclesiology.