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School of Theology and Ministry

Fall course for students brings unique opportunity to study liberation theologies

May 11, 2017

For the last 15 years, the Director of the Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs, Dr. Manuel Mejido, has been working on the English translation of Ignacio Ellacuría’s (priest, philosopher and theologian) 600-page magnum opus, Philosophy of Historical Reality (UCA, 1990). 

Published posthumously in Spanish in the wake of the author’s assassination, this foundational text in liberation theology and Latin American social theory has long been inaccessible to the English-speaking world. Committed to making it available to colleagues and students in North America, Dr. Mejido began to translate this work when he was teaching in Santiago of Chile. Other professional commitments, however, made him put the translation on hold. As the project now nears completion, Dr. Mejido is for the first time making the still unpublished manuscript available to his students and to the larger School of Theology and Ministry community. 

This Fall, Dr. Mejido will teach Theologies of Liberation, a course organized around selections of this seminal text. Through a close reading of Ellacuría, students will be introduced to the broader philosophical issues underpinning the liberationist shift in modern theology. This framework will be used to compare and contrast the variety of liberation theologies, Asian, Black, Latino and LGBTQI.

For more information on the course, contact the School of Theology and Ministry’s Academic Programs Coordinator, Lizzie Young, lizzie@seattleu.edu.