María Pilar Aquino

Reimagining with Christian Doctrines: Responding to Global Gender Injustices

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This is my first article entitled, “U.S. Latina Feminist Paradigm: Model of an Inclusive Twenty-first Century Ecclesiology,” in Reimagining with Christian Doctrines: Responding to Global Gender Injustices, co-edited by Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Jenny Daggers.  It engages the insights of three U.S. Latina theologians on the question of what it means to be human. They include theologian, María Pilar Aquino, Christian ethicist, Ada María Isasi-Díaz, and philosopher and systematic theologian, Michelle Gonzalez. It highlights alternative liberative theological and inclusive interpretations of Church proposed by these three theologians that include pluralism, interrelatedness, and embodiment. It pays particular attention to U.S. Latina theologians’ critiques of the Church and metaphors of the divine that are liberative for them, or not. I am interested in an ecclesiology that is not hierarchical, patriarchal, or, sexist. In the twenty-first century, I contend that U.S. Latina theologians elaborate theological principles necessary to create a liberative ecclesiology that is egalitarian and pluralistic not only for U.S. Latina bodies but also for a church-at-large and global world that is also in desperate need of paradigms that are life-giving for all of God-creation.