Many Faces, One Church: Cultural Diversity and the American Catholic Experience available in Hardcover
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Many Faces, One Church: Cultural Diversity and the American Catholic Experience both captures and facilitates a seismic shift in the who, what, where, when, why, and how of Catholic theology today. Along with a diverse group of theologians who represent the many faces of the church, editors Peter C. Phan and Diana Hayes recast the story of the church in America by including immigrant groups either forgotten or ignored and, in light of these new and not-so-new voices, retooling the theological framework of Catholicism itself. That the American Catholic Church is an 'immigrant church' is not news. What is news, however, is how diverse the immigrant church really is and how much work there is to be done to include their voices in theological discourse and training. Beyond the German and Irish immigrants, what of other European immigrant groups such as the Italians, Poles, Lithuanians, Czechs, Slovaks, and Eastern-rite Catholics? Where are the stories of the older presence of native Mexican, Native American, and African-American Catholics in this country? And more recently, of Asian-American Catholics, especially the Chinese, the Japanese, and the Filipinos, of the nineteenth and early twentieth century? And more recently still, Catholic immigrants have come from El Salvador, Guatemala, Vietnam, Cambodia, Korea, India, and the Pacific Islands. What impact are these immigrants having on American society and religious groups? Many Faces, One Church is a profound attempt to address these key questions and their implications for the Catholic way of being church, worshipping, and practicing theology. The result of three years of conferences sponsored by Elms College exploring the 'new faces' of the American Catholic Church, this thoughtful collection highlights opportunities and challenges lying ahead as the American Church tries to respond to the continuing presence of new immigrants in its midst. Many Faces, One Church is a beginning of a long but exciting journey in which the strangers welcomed today into the bosom of the American Catholic Church will be themselves the hosts to welcome, with equal warmth and generosity, the new strangers into their midst so that hosts and guests are truly one.
About the Author
Peter C. Phan, S.T.D., Ph.D., D.D., is the Ignacio Ellacur'a Professor of Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University. He is the author of many books including the trilogy: Christianity with an Asian Face (2003); In Our Tongues (2003); and Being Religious Interreligiously (2004). Diana Hayes, J.D., Ph.D., S.T.D., is associate professor of theology at Georgetown University. She is the author of many books including Hagar's Daughters: Womanist Ways of Being in the World (1995) and And Still We Rise: An Introduction to Black Liberation Theology (1996).
Table of Contents
Part 1 Preface Part 2 Introduction: The New Faces of the American Catholic Church Chapter 3 A New Ecclesial Reality and a New Way of Doing Theology: Heralding a Pentecost Chapter 4 Thinking about the Church: The Gift of Cultural Diversity to Theology Chapter 5 Black Catholics in the United States: A Subversive Memory Chapter 6 Reflecting on America as a Single Entity: Catholicism and U.S. Latinos Chapter 7 Devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe among Mexican Americans Chapter 8 "Presence and Prominence in the Lord's House": Asians and Pacific People in the American Catholic Church Chapter 9 Understanding Church and Theology in the Caribbean Today Part 10 Bibliography Chapter 11 About the Contributors