Congratulations to Dr. Sharon Heaney

Date: March 14, 2024

Yesterday I sat with a new book – Engaging Latino/a/x Theologies: A Conversation by my esteemed colleague and friend Dr. Sharon E. Heaney. It is an important book. It is a book committed to conversation. Latino/a/x theologies are explored through six principles – teología en conjunto, mestizaje, lo cotidiano, interpreting Scripture latinamente, la lucha, and la justicia. Central to the invitation of the book is the theme of a collaborative, constructive theology, grounded in community. In chapter one, the complexity of community that transcends a single narrative is explicated; in chapters two and three, the centrality of every day life as the location of theological meaning is developed; in chapter four a distinctive shape of preaching is offered; and in chapter five, the theme of struggle, as expressed by women, is identified; and finally, the book concludes by exploring the importance of justice in the public square.

It is a pulsating text. It is beautifully written. The unfamiliar can rapidly learn. It is both personal, intimate, and deeply illuminating. And it was lovely to read the delightful reflection offered by the Rev. Altagracia Pérez-Bullard at the end of the book. Reading this book was an extraordinary journey. I was grateful to the worlds that were opened up to me. Congratulations Sharon. This is truly a treasure of major significance. Do buy the book here.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary and the President of The General Theological Seminary


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