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News about the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana – Jesuit University in Bogotá, Colombia

The International Relations Committee (IRC) of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality wants to promote the work of the Society by facilitating interaction between people and institutions across the world that are involved in the study of Spirituality. Diana Villegas, who lives in Colombia and recently joined the IRC, hereby offers a first report on her recent experience on work that is being done on Spirituality in Colombia. Readers who live and work in South America and who want to learn more about the Society or who want to share their interests and research are invited to contact Diana (dianavilsa@gmail.com).
Pieter G.R. de Villiers
President, SSCS

News about the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana – Jesuit University in Bogotá, Colombia
~Diana Villegas

The Theology Faculty of the Javeriana University has a solid commitment to research in spirituality, though currently professors of spirituality and research groups in spirituality are under systematics, one of three specialties in the theology department. (The others are Biblical studies and theology of action, most equivalent to practical theology.) Several professors focus on spirituality. Edith Gonzalez is interested in mysticism and did doctoral work on the Beguines. Rosana Navarro did her doctoral work on the spirituality of Etty Hillesum and continues to research her work. Hermann Rodriguez works on individual and community discernment in the tradition of Ignatius of Loyola. Orlando Solano has worked on the theology and spirituality of Gregory of Nyssa and Jorge Zurek specializes in Carmelite spirituality.

Professors Navarro, Rodriguez, Solano and Zurek together with a group of graduate students are engaged in an innovative group research project to analyze Latin American publications on liberation spirituality and examine development in teaching on this topic. The investigation is divided into four periods coinciding with the dates of the Latin American Bishops Conferences beginning with the Medellin conference which was strongly influenced by the emerging Liberation Theology. Two articles have been published in a peer reviewed journal corresponding to two periods, 1968 to 1979 (from the Medellin to the Puebla Conference) and 1979 – 1992 (Puebla to the Santo Domingo Conference). Two more articles are planned, one covering the period between 1992 (Puebla) and 2007 (the conference in Aparecida, Brazil); and a final article covering 2007 until the present.

The two published articles are:

Estupiñán, Miguel Ángel; Hoyos-Camacho, Adriana Alejandra; Navarro-Sanchez, Rosana Elena; Rodríguez-Osorio, Hermann; Solano-Pinzón, Orlando; Zurek-Lequerica, Jorge Antonio. “El despertar de la espiritualidad de la liberación: Evolución de sus expresiones desde Medellín hasta Puebla.” Cuestiones teológicas 40, no. 94 (2013): 405-31. http://www.scielo.org.co/pdf/cteo/v40n94/v40n94a06.pdf

Gómez-Díaz, Jairo; Hoyos-Camacho, Adriana Alejandra; Navarro-Sanchez, Rosana Elena; Rodríguez-Osorio, Hermann; Solano-Pinzón, Orlando; Zurek-Lequerica, Jorge Antonio. “El sentido teológico de una espiritualidad en camino: La espiritualidad de la liberación entre Puebla y Santo Domingo.” Cuestiones teológicas 43, no. 99 (2016): 149-74. https://revistas.upb.edu.co/index.php/cuestiones/article/view/6872/6283


Book: Thinking Prayer: Theology and Spirituality amid the Crises of Modernity, by Andrew Prevot

Published in 2015 by the University of Notre Dame Press, Andrew Prevot’s book argues for prayer having a crucial role to play in theology today. He grounds his argument in the work of a number of recent thinkers in philosophy and theology. Here’s the publisher’s description of the book:

In Thinking Prayer, Andrew Prevot presents a new, integrated approach to Christian theology and spirituality, focusing on the centrality of prayer to theology in the modern age. Prevot’s clear and in-depth analysis of notable philosophical and theological thinkers’ responses to modernity through the theme of prayer charts a new spiritual path through the crises of modernity.

Prevot offers critical interpretations of Martin Heidegger, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Jean-Louis Chrétien, Johann Baptist Metz, Ignacio Ellacuría, and James Cone, among others, integrating their insights into a constructive synthesis. He explains how doxological and contemplative forms of prayer help one avoid dangers associated with metaphysics, including nihilism, conceptual idolatry, and the concealment of difference. He considers the powerful impact that the prayers of oppressed peoples have on their efforts to resist socioeconomic and racialized violence. The book upholds modern aspirations to critical freedom, while arguing that such freedom can best be preserved and deepened through prayerful interactions with the infinite freedom of God. Throughout, the book uncovers the contemplative dimensions of postmodern phenomenology and liberation theology and suggests how prayer shapes liberative ways of thinking (theology) and living (spirituality) that are crucial for the future of this crisis-ridden world.

More information about the book can be found on the publisher’s website.