The Call of God

Women Doing Theology in Peru

By Tom Powers, SJ

Subjects: Liberation Theology
Paperback : 9780791457900, 194 pages, July 2003
Hardcover : 9780791457894, 194 pages, July 2003

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Table of contents


1. Introduction


Why These Women?
Why El Agustino?
Liberation and Feminist Theologies
Contextual and Local Theologies


2. The Context


Historical Reflection as a Foundation
Sendero Luminoso
The Church in Peru
The City of Lima and the Barrio of El Agustino
Women in Peruvian History


3. The Women of El Agustino


A Personal Look at the Women
A Novel Quality
Voice and Listening in Theological Discourse
Theology or Vocation?
The Local Church
Faith Lived Out Loud
The Theological Context of El Agustino


4. The Theology


The Projects
SEA Finances
A Narrative, Listening, Acting Theology
Confronting Demons and Idols


5. The Path Ahead


Changes in Community/Changes in Theology
The Questions
The Road Ahead
A Different Liberation
Women and Future Theological Discourse


Appendix: Interviewees


Glossary of Spanish Words and Terms



Explores the religious thought and lives of the poor women of Peru, who were central to the birth of liberation theology.


Based on conversations with women in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Lima, Peru, The Call of God explores how their faith provides them with an understanding amidst extreme poverty, violence, and displacement. Peru was the birthplace of liberation theology and the poor women of that country were instrumental in its original elucidation. This book introduces the women of El Agustino, where a diverse, dedicated and eloquent group have set out to answer questions, solve problems, and rebuild a society stricken with rampant inflation and terrorism, all in response to the call of God. Without much formal education, these women possess and espouse complex theological propositions with a high degree of independence and proficiency. A careful reading reveals an education of a different sort—one rooted in life's changing experiences; one directed toward a different liberation.

Tom Powers, S.J. is Director of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality and Adjunct Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University.