“Hagan lío!” Latin@ Cartographers Disrupting Theology – Book Launch
09 Feb 2023

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.