TITLE: Intercultural Church: Bridge of Solidarity in the Migration Context
AUTHORS: Agnes M. Brazal & Emmanuel S. De Guzman
PUBLISHED: April 2015
ABSTRACT: This volume is among the first to reflect on the contemporary phenomenon of migration from an ecclesiological perspective. It sets the context of migration and cultural encounters within a global capitalist economy. Expounding on the concept of interculturality through the use of several theoretical frameworks, such as those of Stuart Hall and Pierre Bourdieu, the authors locate cultural practices in the context of power. A. M. Brazal and E. S. de Guzman describe and evaluate contemporary metaphors for the church, and identify new ecclesiological models which have emerged in response to various migration contexts. Intercultural Church: Bridge of Solidarity in the Migration Context is proposed to imagine new directions for church in an ever-changing society.
Praise for Intercultural Church
A very timely book that offers fresh insights for the church to address migration of people in our contemporary world. Engaging postcolonial and intercultural theories and rooted in praxis, this book is both theoretically rich and highly practical. I recommend it enthusiastically.
— Kwok Pui-lan, author of Postcolonial Imagination and Feminist Theology
Agnes M. Brazal is a Filipina lay theologian, organizer, and “bridge-builder”. Currently director of the Office for Research and Publications and coordinator of the Graduate program (PhD/MA) at the St. Vincent School of Theology, Philippines, she was also past President and founding member of the DaKaTeo (Catholic Theological Society of the Philippines) and one of the first coordinators and “mothers” of the Ecclesia of Women in Asia (association of Catholic women theologians in Asia). She has been a planning committee member of the Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church since 2007 and editorial board member of the journals Asian Christian Review and Budhi. She obtained her STL/MA and STD/PhD in Theology at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.Her awards include the 2003 MWI (Institute of Missiology, Missio, Aachen) prize for the international academic essay contest on Contextual Theology and Philosophy on the theme “Religious Identity and Migration” and the book Body and Sexuality was a finalist in the 2007 National Book Award granted by the Manila Critics Circle and the National Book Development Board.
Emmanuel Serafica de Guzman, Ph.D., is a married theologian from the Philippines. He is a fulltime professor of Systematic Theology at St. Vincent School of Theology (SVST) – Adamson University, in Quezon City, Philippines, where he is also the Director for Theological and Pastoral Services. Among the regular courses he teaches are “Introducing Theologies of Migration” and “Ecclesiology and Ministries in Migration Context,” which he conducts in SVST and at the Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University, in Quezon City. He is also a regular lecturer of “Introducing Pastoral Studies” at East Asia Pastoral Institute, Quezon City; “Shifting Paradigms of Culture, Church and Mission” at the Euntes Mission Center, Zamboanga City (Philippines); and various systematic theological courses at Notre Dame Center for Catechetical Formation, Cotabato City (Philippines), and at the Institute of Philosophy and Religion, in St. Louis University, Baguio City (Philippines).He has published academic works, among which are theological reflections on migration (see references in this booklet). He also has read academic papers dealing with migration concerns, such as “The Aroma of Difference in Migratory Relations” during the 2007 Annual Conference of Damdaming Katoliko sa Teolohiya (DaKaTeo) or Catholic Theological Society of the Philippines; “Paul for Today’s Slaves of Globalization: The Migrants’ Anti-Imperial Marginality” during the 2007 Mission Study Conference at Maryhill School of Theology, and in the same venue, “Wired-in-Christ: Ecclesiological Reflections in Migration Context,” during the 2006 Mission Study Conference. His other academic research interests and pastoral endeavors are focused on theologies emerging “from the margins” and dealing with various facets of the life of mission and spirituality of the laity, as well as on basic ecclesial communities. He is co-founder and former secretary of DaKaTeo, and co-founder as well of the Catholic Resources for Theological Education (CResT). He obtained his doctoral degree in Religious Studies from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.