Narrative in the Ecclesial Present

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Natalia Imperatori-Lee
  • Maryknoll, NY: 
    Orbis Books
    , April
     192 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Antonio Alonso forthcoming.


If a people is known by the stories it tells, so too is a church.  Since its inception in the mid-1970s, Latino/a theology has redefined notions of personhood and relationship, culture and interculturality, and notions of the divine itself. However, a coherent, systematic Catholic ecclesiology has yet to be elaborated from a Latino/a perspective.

This book undertakes that systemization in a multidisciplinary way, drawing upon Latin American and U.S. Hispanic literature as well as theological reflection, to devise an ecclesiology shaped by narrative.  The author analyzes a variety of narratives—fiction, history, religious rituals, demographic studies—to find viable starting points for systematizing the “story” of the Church, which is ultimately what ecclesiology seeks to do.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Natalia Imperatori-Lee is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Manhattan College, NY, where she teaches in the areas of contemporary Catholicism, U.S. Latino/a Theology, and gender studies.

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