Cuéntame

$35.00
978-1-62698-267-3
In stock
+

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.

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.

Book Details

Title:
Cuéntame
Subtitle:
Narrative in the Ecclesial Present
Author:
Natalia Imperatori-Lee
Includes:
Index
Pages:
192
Binding:
softcover

Cuéntame Table of Contents (978-1-62698-267-3_toc.pdf, 656 Kb) [Download]

In Cuéntame, Natalia Imperatori-Lee takes an important step forward in alerting North American theology to the constructive power of Latino/a religious reflection. Building on the traditions of popular religion she injects the energy of storytelling into theology, both the stories we tell and are told, and the literary fictions that can help stimulate our religious imaginations.
Interweaving church history from the margins, art, literature, popular religiosity, demographic analysis, and stories drawn from the sacredness of everyday life (lo cotidiano) with keen ecclesiological reflection and insight, Natalia Imperatori-Lee points a way forward for a genuine dialogue about the nature and mission of the Church in the third millennium.
If you want to introduce or explain anything, tell me its story. Natalia Imperatori-Lee uses this principle to transform the teaching and the discipline of ecclesiology by showing their narrative structure. This small gem of a book tells the particular story of a church within a church and thereby reveals the whole church. Magnifico en su simplicidad.
Fascinating! This book mounts a compelling argument that the study of the church (ecclesiology) should be rebuilt from the ground up, and wonderfully shows how it might be done. The key is narrative, whether personal, literary, ethnographic, or artistic. Drawn from Latino/a experience, here is a method that starts with particular lives and practices and moves to true universal import. Are laity as subjects, not objects, the people of God? Tell me!
Write a review