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Author: Timothy Matovina
List of assigned readings and exams per session for the course.
Session Topic Readings Key Dates
1 Introduction
2 Latino Christianity in the United States ¡Presente!, xv-xxiii, 1-9, 17-20, 25-27, 32-35, scan 9-43. By “scan” I mean read all the short document introductions, glance over the documents themselves, and read more carefully select documents that catch your attention. For all days on which readings from ¡Presente! are assigned, be prepared to discuss
(a) the assigned primary documents and
(b) one other primary document which caught your interest when you scanned the overall reading.

See Lecture  1 Outline

3 Latino Christianity in the United States (a)*Gilberto M. Hinojosa, “Friars and Indians: Towards a Perspective of Cultural Interaction in the San Antonio Mission,” U.S. Catholic Historian 9 (winter/spring 1990): 7-26;
(b) ¡Presente!, 245-247.

4 Latino Christianity in the United States
¡Presente!, 45-58, 68-70, 73-76, 80-81, scan 58-89 See  Lecture 2 Outline
5 Latino Christianity in the United States
(a) *Ana María Díaz-Stevens, “The Saving Grace: The Matriarchal Core of Latino Catholicism,” Latino Studies Journal 4 (September 1993): 60-78;
(b) ¡Presente!, 248-251.
6 Latino Christianity in the United States
¡Presente!, 91-106, 110-115, 130-132, scan 101-139 See  Lecture 3 Outline
7 Latino Christianity in the United States
(a) *Daniel G. Groody, Border of Death, Valley of Life: An Immigrant Journey of Heart and Spirit (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002), chap. 1 “Corazón Destrozado,” pp. 13-39;
(b) ¡Presente!, 252-254.
8 Latino Christianity in the United States
¡Presente!, 141-150, 160-163, 171-174, scan 151-189 See  Lecture 4 Outline
9 Latino Christianity in the United States
(a) *Ada María Isasi-Díaz, Mujerista Theology: A Theology for the Twenty-First Century (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1996), chap. 3 “By the Rivers of Babylon,” pp. 35-56;
(b) ¡Presente!, 185-189, 254-257.
(c) Psalm 137 (Please bring a Bible to class for today’s session).
10 Latino Christianity in the United States
(a) ¡Presente!, 191-199, 206-209, 217-221, 238-239; scan 199-241;
(b) handout “Struggles for Justice.”
See  Lecture 5 Outline
11 Latino Christianity in the United States
(a) *Timothy Matovina, “Latino Catholics and American Public Life,” in Can Charitable Choice Work? Covering Religion’s Impact on Urban Affairs and Social Services, ed. Andrew Walsh (Hartford, CT: The Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life, 2001), 56-77;
(b) ¡Presente!, 257-260.
12 Latino Christianity in the United States
*Paul Barton, Hispanic Methodists, Presbyterians, and Baptists in Texas (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2006), chap. 5 “Jesús Es Mi Rey Soberano: The Mexican-American Character of los Protestantes,” pp. 78-114. See  Lecture 6 Outline
13 MIDTERM EXAM MIDTERM EXAM
14 Mestizaje and a Galilean Christology (a) *Allan Figueroa Deck, ed., Frontiers of Hispanic Theology in the United States (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1992), introduction, pp. ix-xxvi;
(b) Timothy Matovina, Roberto Piña, and Yolanda Tarango, “U.S. Hispanic and Latin American Theologies: Critical Distinctions,” Catholic Theological Society of America Proceedings 48 (1993): 128-129;
(c) Galilean Journey, preface, introduction.

15 Mestizaje and a Galilean Christology
(a) Galilean Journey, chapters 1-3;
(b) handouts on Latino identity (3 pages).
See Lecture 7 Outline
16 Mestizaje and a Galilean Christology
(a) Galilean Journey, chapters 4-6;
(b) handouts on select Biblical passages (2 pages);
(c) IMPORTANT: Please bring a Bible to class for today’s session.
See  Lecture 8 Outline
17
Mestizaje and a Galilean Christology
(a) Galilean Journey, chapters 7-9;
(b) handout “Notes from Virgilio Elizondo’s Galilean Journey.”
See  Lecture 9 Outline
18 Foundational Faith Expressions (a) Nican mopohua, from Virgil Elizondo, Guadalupe: Mother of the New Creation (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1997), 5-22;
(b) *Virgilio Elizondo, “Our Lady of Guadalupe as a Cultural Symbol,” in Beyond Borders: Writings of Virgilio Elizondo and Friends, ed. Timothy Matovina (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2000), 118-125.
See  Lecture 10 Outline
19 Foundational Faith Expressions
*Miguel H. Díaz, “Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres: We Walk with Our Lady of Charity,” in From the Heart of Our People: Latino/a Explorations in Catholic Systematic Theology, ed. Orlando O. Espín and Miguel H. Díaz (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1999), 153-171.
20 Foundational Faith Expressions
*Timothy Matovina, “Liturgy, Popular Rites, and Popular Spirituality,” in Mestizo Worship: A Pastoral Approach to Liturgical Ministry, ed. Virgilio Elizondo and Timothy Matovina (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1998), 81-91. See  Lecture 11 Outline
21 Foundational Faith Expressions
(a) *Horizons of the Sacred, Davalos essay, pp. 41-68;
(b) handouts with Way of the Cross prayer texts.
22 Foundational Faith Expressions
*Horizons of the Sacred, Medina and Cadena essay, pp. 69-94
23 Foundational Faith Expressions
*Horizons of the Sacred, Goizueta essay, pp.119-138 See Lecture 12 Outline
24 Faith and Justice (a) *Daisy L. Machado, “The Unnamed Woman: Justice, Feminists, and the Undocumented Woman,” in A Reader in Latina Feminist Theology: Religion and Justice, ed. María Pilar Aquino, Daisy L. Machado, and Jeanette Rodríguez (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2002), 161-176;
(b) Judges 19 (Please bring a Bible to class for today’s session).
25 Faith and Justice
*Justo L. González, Mañana: Christian Theology from a Hispanic Perspective (Nashville: Abingdon, 1990), chap. 6 “Let the Dead Gods Bury Their Dead,” pp. 89-100.
See Lectures 13 & 14 Outlines
26 Faith and Justice
(a) *Alex Nava, “On Tragic Beauty,” in New Horizons in Hispanic/Latino(a) Theology, ed. Benjamín Valentín (Cleveland: Pilgrim, 2003), 181-200;
(b) Job, chaps. 1-2, 38-42 (Please bring a Bible to class for today’s session).
See  Lecture 15 Outline
27 Faith and Justice
(a) Verónica Méndez, “Treasure of Hope,” in The Treasure of Guadalupe, ed. Virgilio Elizondo, Allan Figueroa Deck, and Timothy Matovina (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2006), 45-49;
(b) Timothy Matovina, “A Fundamental Gap: Conservatives, Progressives and Hispanic Catholicism,” America (17 March 2003): 6-8;
(c) Timothy Matovina, “Hispanic Catholics: El futuro Is Here,” Commonweal (14 September 2001): 19-21.
28 FINAL EXAM
FINAL EXAM
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