Pope Francis’s Encyclical on Ecology — June 2015
10 key excerpts from Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment (Washington Post 6/18/2015)
History is Made as Pope Francis’ Encyclical is Presented in the Vatican(America 6/18/2015)
Oscar Romero, Saint for Our Times
From the June 2015 issue of Celebration, A Comprehensive Worship Resource
Does beatification signal where Pope Francis is leading the church?
By Pat Marrin
The beatification of martyred Archbishop Oscar Romero on May 23, 2015, acknowledges what has been celebrated throughout Latin America since his assassination at the altar on March 24, 1980, in El Salvador. Blessed Romero gave his life as a good shepherd for his flock in a time of persecution. He modeled what a bishop looks like in a church committed to justice for the poor. Romero’s death and the baptism of blood endured by the people of El Salvador during its 12-year civil war (1980-92) inevitably have larger implications for the universal church, and for us in North America.
Pope Francis’ determination to advance Romero’s cause for sainthood recognizes this witness. It also reveals the influence Romero is having on Francis’ own goal as pope — to move the global church closer to the kind of church that emerged in El Salvador under Romero, whose story is a roadmap to such a church.
Kathy Kelly: Good Friday Sermon at Nuclear Weapons Lab
This sermon was given on April 18, 2014, by longtime peace activist Kathy Kelly outside the guarded fence of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California, about forty miles east of Oakland. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has designed nuclear weapons for the United States military since the 1950s. For more information about Kathy Kelly’s life and religiously inspired peace witness, click here.
Graduate Education and Research in Liberation Psychology
The “Hearing Voices” Newsletter from Pacifica Graduate Institute (12.5 MB)
With this newsletter, we are happy to share some of the news of the Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology specialization of Pacifica Graduate Institute’s M.A./Ph.D. Depth Psychology Program. Our students travel to campus three days a month (nine months a year) for three years from various places in the US and abroad. In the summer they are involved in community and ecopsychological fieldwork and research in diverse locations around issues of their passionate interest and commitment. On campus they engage in a curriculum that constitutes a bold initiative to forge interdisciplinary transformative approaches to personal, community, cultural, and ecological challenges of our time. This specialization places depth psychological theories and practices in dynamic dialogue with ecopsychology, critical community psychology, and indigenous psychologies and psychologies of liberation.
Mary Watkins, Nuria Ciofalo, and Susan James
Editors and Core Faculty
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.
Nativity mural at Batahola Norte
Community Center in Managua,
Nicaragua. (click image to enlarge)
Special Features & Links
www.ServiciosKoinonia.org (in Spanish / en Español) recursos de teología de la liberación, espiritualidad de la liberación, servicio bíblico latinoamericano, calendario bíblico litúrgico, Martirologio Latinoamericano, Monseñor Romero, Pedro Casaldáliga, Leonardo Boff, Maximino Cerezo, biblioteca, Revista Electrónica Latinoamericana de Teología, Libros digitales gratuitos, Agenda Latinoamericana, Cursos de Teología Popular
Article by Ulrich Duchrow
in Tikkun Magazine
Article by Rev. James Martin, S.J.*
2011 Book & Online Exhibit
Nicaragua: Surviving the Legacy of U.S. Policy
Paul Dix, Photographer
“Green” liberation spirituality: Joanna Macy streaming video
a library of recorded workshops and lectures (free)
A Fiery Theology Under Fire
Michael Powell article in The New York Times
Getting the Poor Down From the Cross (free PDF boook)
brings together the latest thinking in the global
Liberation Theology community.
I N T R O D U C T I O N A N D O V E R V I E W
This web site presents Liberation Theology/Theologies as efforts to think clearly about the meaning of religious faith in the context of oppression, war, poverty, inequality and environmental destruction, and the effort to live a compassionate, courageous and life-sustaining response to those conditions. Over the past several decades, people inspired by different strands of Liberation Theology have sought to give voice to a response that both addresses the needs of those who are injured and oppressed in a particular place and time, and also a response that works to change the structures and ongoing processes of injury and oppression.
Liberation theologies vary greatly according to the cultures in which they arise, but their underlying themes are immediately recognizable across the world: the transformation of everyday life through a new awakening of compassion, courage, truthfulness and justice. Liberation theology and theologies, singular and plural, are works in progress, born out of enormous pain and extraordinary hope, efforts which are sure to inspire many and probably offend many, as well. We hope you will be inspired by what you find here, and also that you will explore these worlds of thought and feeling with empathy and patience for the concerns of those with whom you may disagree. [DR]
* Editor’s note concerning permissions and endorsements: There are many disagreements and controversies within the world of liberation theology. Books, essays, articles and organizations listed on the pages of this site are listed here because they are available on the Internet, and are, in the opinion of the editor, part of the permanent intellectual public record of liberation theology as it has developed over the last century. The presence of a link on this site should not be taken to imply that the author of the linked document knows, permits, endorses or approves of this site, or of any of the other linked documents on this site.