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Pope Francis, in his encyclical Laudato Si' calls for an ecological conversion. In his view, we are no longer the owners of creation, nor is nature available at our disposal. Yet, the ecological conversion that Pope Francis seeks is almost impossible without problematizing traditional substance ontology or ways of being. We need a complete overhaul of how we understand reality. I suggest Pope Francis offers us a pathway forward in his apostolic exhortation letter Querida Amazonia. I invite you to navigate the richness that emerges from reading Laudato Si' through the lenses of Querida Amazonia.
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Across the Abya Yala continent, indigenous people, many Christians themselves, are decolonizing the religious landscape, placing their epistemologies and philosophical/spiritual principles at the theological table. In this presentation, I suggest that the first step to incarnate Francis's cultural dream of intercultural encounters among cultures, is to pause, and make sure that we truly comprehend indigenous complex philosophical systems. Then, through an inter-religious, intercultural hermeneutics, place in dialogue indigenous philosophical/spiritual systems and the foundational theological and metaphysical assumptions that sustains Christian dogmas. The result could be a richer pluricultural Church.
Cardinal Gregory was named the first African American cardinal in November 2020. He has spoken extensively on race relations and divisions within the church, the sexual abuse crisis, and the importance of Pope Francis' work on environmental justice.
Cardinal Gregory currently serves as a Member of the Vatican Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life and on the Board of Trustees for the Papal Foundation. Additionally, he is the Catholic Co-Chair of the National Council of Synagogues consultation for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Read more about Cardinal Gregory here.
Dr. Cecilia Titizano is a native of Bolivia of Quechua-Aymara descent. She is currently the Director of Latina/o Theology and Ministry Leadership Network of the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. Dr. Titizano is a Catholic theologian and teaches at NAITTS an Indigenous Learning Community (formerly known as North American Institute for Theological Studies). For many years, Dr. Titizano has worked among Quechua and Aymara communities. Her research areas include Indigenous philosophies and ethics, relational ontologies, and Indigenous and feminist decolonial thought. She currently serves in Memoria Indígena as an advisory board member and is part of the Comunidad de Sabias y Teólogas Indígenas del Abya Yala (COSTIAY).