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“Hagan lío!” Latin@ Cartographers Disrupting Theology – Book Launch

February 08, 2023 @ 7:00 PM CT - February 08, 2023 @ 8:00 PM CT

An Event Presented by the Bernardin Center

"Hagan lío!" Latin@ Cartographers Disrupting Theology - Book Launch

Join us in conversation with the Editors and contributors to Disruptive Cartographers: Doing Theology Latinamente, a multivolume series that re-maps theology and pushes out in new directions from varying coordinates across a spectrum of latinidad as lived in the USA. Authors reconfigure and disrupt key areas like revelation, eschatology, and trinity. The Doing Theology Latinamente series reflects ethical and theological commitments to the invitation of Pope Francis: “¡hagan lío!” As theologians and scholars arising from complex matrices of latinidad, lived and experienced in myriad modalities, we stir things up by retrieving resources from a rich diversity of Latin@ /Hispanic traditions. With particular attention to sources that may have been suppressed, erased, ignored, or overlooked, we explore in creative and interdisciplinary ways the stuff of lo cotidiano, daily life.

The Word Became Culture description: This inaugural multi-author volume of the series explores and expands key concepts and commitments in Latin@ theologies including options for migrants, for those made poor and vulnerable, hybridity, and culture. It includes a prologue by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi.
Revelation in the Vernacular begins with early encounters of Spanish colonizers with Indigenous peoples, retrieves a hermeneutics of the vernacular rooted en lo cotidiano (everyday life)—a retrieval with significant possibilities for contemporary believers in a religiously diverse world. The book considers the documents of the Amazonian Synod to revisit the question of revelation in the context of interreligious understanding. 
Queer God de Amor explores the mystery of God and the relationship between divine and human persons by turning to the sixteenth-century writings of John of the Cross on mystical union and the metaphor of sexual relationship that he uses to describe this union. In critical conversations with contemporary queer theologies, it retrieves from Juan de la Cruz a preferential option for human sexuality as an experience in daily life that is rich with possibilities for re-sourcing and imagining the Christian doctrine of God. 

Cosponsoring this event is the Hispanic Theology and Ministry Program (HTMP) of the Catholic Theological Union, celebrating its 40th anniversary this academic year. The HTMP provides theological education that is historically, culturally, pastorally, and theologically situated in Latin@ contexts. Through academic degrees, concentrations, certificates, and Latin@-themed courses, HTMP prepares students for theological study, ministry, and leadership in a church that is increasingly Latino/a/é in the USA. Through Latinx faculty, lectures, public events, and special programming, HTMP resources the greater community and church in pastoral ministry and theology done latinamente. 



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Miguel H. Díaz is the John Courtney Murray, S.J., University Chair in Public Service at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Díaz served under President Barack Obama as the 9th U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See. He is a co-editor of the series Disruptive Cartographers: Doing Theology Latinamente. He is editor of the series multi-authored volume one, The Word Became Culture (Orbis 2020) and the author of the third volume, Queer God de Amor (Fordham University Press, 2022). As a public theologian, Professor Diaz regularly engages print, radio, and television media. He is a contributor to the “Theology en la Plaza column for the National Catholic Reporter. As part of his ongoing commitment to advance human rights globally, he participates in several diplomatic initiatives in Washington, D.C., including being a member of the Atlantic Council, a member of the Ambassadors Circle at the National Democratic Institute (NDI), and a member of the Board and Senior Fellow for Religion and Peacebuilding for the Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP).

Jean-Pierre Ruiz is associate professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at St. John’s University in New York, where he is also a senior research fellow of the Vincentian Center for Church and Society. A Nuyorican biblical scholar and theologian, he earned his doctorate at the Pontifical Gregorian University. Ruiz is a past-president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the U.S. (ACHTUS), and he has served as a member of the executive board of the Catholic Biblical Association of America. He was editor of the Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology, and on the editorial boards of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, the Journal of Biblical Literature, and the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. Ruiz authored volume two, Revelation in the Vernacular, in the Disruptive Cartographers Doing Theology Latinamente series. In 2022, the book was awarded First Place in Theology by the Association of Catholic Publishers and honorable mention by the Catholic Press. His previous book, Readings from the Edges: The Bible and People on the Move (Orbis), was the winner of a Catholic Press Association Award. During the Obama administration, Ruiz served as a member of the U.S. Department of State’s Working Group on Religion and Foreign Policy.

 Carmen Nanko-Fernández is professor of Hispanic theology and ministry and director of Hispanic Theology and Ministry at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago. She is the founding co-editor of the Disruptive Cartographers: Doing Theology Latinamente series. A Latin@́ theologian, her publications include the book Theologizing en Espanglish (Orbis), as well as numerous chapters, scholarly and pastoral articles on Latin@́ theologies, theological education, lo popular, sport and theology. She is the author of Theologizing en Espanglish (Orbis) and her writing has appeared in popular venues like Commonweal and the National Catholic Reporter as well as journals like Aztlán, Apuntes, Perspectivas, and the Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology.


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