The first generation of Latinx theologians was firmly rooted in pastoral work among those committed to ecclesial communities. Today presents new challenges as more Latinx theologians are formed in the academy and many Latinx persons show a wide spectrum of self-identification with religious beliefs and institutions. How can Latinx theologies be attuned to the sense of the faithful? What are the burdens of representing those from sometimes radically different epistemic locations? Drs. Lee and Imperatori-Lee will explore this new terrain for Latinx theology and consider how attention to narratives and popular movements are valuable sources to enrich Latinx theologies.
Natalia Imperatori-Lee is Professor and Chair of Religious Studies at Manhattan College in the Bronx, NY, where she also coordinates the Catholic Studies program. She, too, holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Notre Dame. Imperatori-Lee is the author of Cuéntame: Narrative in the Ecclesial Present (Orbis Books, 2018), and a forthcoming text tentatively titled “Women and the Church” from Paulist Press. Her work has appeared in Theological Studies and The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. A Cuban-American native of Miami, Florida, Imperatori-Lee has served on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the US.