The Grace of Medellín: History, Theology and Legacy. Reflections on the significance of Medellín for the Church in the United States
CATEGORY: Latin American Theology
The Second CELAM (Latin American Bishop`s Council) Conference held in Medellín, Colombia, in 1968, proved to be a movement of grace, not only for the church in Latin America and Caribbean, but also for the world church at large. Viewed as foundational for the reception of Vatican II, the evolution of liberation theologies and the emergence of diverse ecclesial movements committed to peace, justice and the integrity of creation, the grace of Medellín continues to be poured out upon the People of God, especially the poor, the powerless and the most vulnerable.
Given the current realities of the church and world today, this new volume focuses on those grace-filled aspects of Medellín that warrant remembrance, recognition and reinvention, particularly within the context of the United States. This collaborative effort on the part of twenty theologians, social ethicists, and historians take account of the action of the Holy Spirit and the transformative power of Medellín in terms of its history, theology and legacy.
"Medellín was a profound, hopeful, and unforgettable spiritual experience of historical commitment and prayer; it was a strong call to solidarity with the «least of these who are members of my family [brothers and sisters]» (Matthew 25:40). It put us on the path of what Pope Francis calls «a poor church for the poor». It is a vision in which there is perhaps little «religion» but much of the Gospel."
— Gustavo Gutiérrez, OP, Preface, The Grace of Medellín (2018)
Margaret Eletta Guider, OSF, is Associate Professor of Missiology at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. She is member of the Sister of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate and served as the Congregations Vice-President and councilor for Mission from 2008-2012. During the 1970s, she was lay missioner in the rural interior of Goiás, Brazil. She is the author of Daughters of Rahab: Prostitution and the Church of Liberation in Brazil. She has served as an advisor and consultant for numerous religious institutes and missionary societies. She is past president of the American Society of Missiology
O. Ernesto Valiente is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He earned his PhD at the University of Notre Dame. His main areas of scholarly interest include political and liberation theology, and theologies of social reconciliation. He is author of Liberation Through Reconciliation: The Christological Spirituality of Jon Sobrino (Fordham University Press, 2016). A native of El Salvador, he currently lives with his wife and daughter in Watertown, MA.
Félix Palazzi von Büren is Associate Professor at the Ecclesiastical Faculty of Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He earned his Doctorate at the Pontifical Gregorian University and Post-Doctorate at the Julius Maximiliams Universität in Würzburg, specializing in Karl Rahner’s Anthropology and Mariology. His scholarly interest include Eschatology, Anthropology and Mariology. He is the Author of «La Tierra en el Cielo: el Dogma de la Asunción de la Beata Virgen María según Karl Rahner», making available for the first time Rahner’s most controversial manuscript on Mariology. He is native from Venezuela, where he has been Professor at the Jesuit’s Universidad Católica Andrés Bello.
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