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.
Maria Pilar Aquino is Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego. Daisy L. Machado is Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Church History at Union Theological Seminary. JEANETTE RODRIGUEZ is Professor and Chair of Theology and Religious Studies at Seattle University.
Foreword by Olga Villa Parra Introduction Part I: Sources, Thought, and Praxis of Latina Feminist Insight 1. Michelle A. Gonzalez Seeing Beauty within Torment: Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz and the Baroque in New Spain 2. Teresa Delgado Prophesy Freedom: Puerto Rican Women's Literature as a Source for Latina Feminist Theology 3. Gail Perez Ana Castillo as Santera: Reconstructing Popular Religious Praxis 4. Leticia A. Guardiola-Saenz Reading from Ourselves: Identity and Hermeneutics among Mexican-American Feminists 5. Anna Adams Perception Matters: Pentecostal Latinas in Allentown, Pennsylvania 6. Jeanette Rodriguez Latina Activists: Toward an Inclusive Spirituality of Being in the World Part II: U.S. Latina Feminist Theological Insight 7. Maria Pilar Aquino Latina Feminist Theology: Central Features 8. Daisy L. Machado The Unnamed Woman: Justice, Feminists, and the Undocumented Woman 9. Carmen Marie Nanko Justice Crosses the Border: The Preferential Option for the Poor in the United States 10. Nora O. Lozano-Diaz Ignored Virgin or Unaware Women: A Mexican-American Protestant Reflection on the Virgin of Guadalupe 11. Gloria Ines Loya Pathways to a Mestiza Feminist Theology 12. Nancy Pineda-Madrid Notes Toward a ChicanaFeminist Epistemology (and Why It Is Important for Latina Feminist Theologies) Selected Bibliography Contributors Index