Thursday, September 10, 2009

New Voices in the Church: Dr. Gemma Tulud Cruz

An article in Union of Catholic Asian News about a recent conference in Thailand, "Practicing Peace: Toward an Asian Feminist Theology of Liberation", introduced me to this new voice -- Dr. Gemma Tulud Cruz. This conference, sponsored by Ecclesia of Women in Asia, a group of Asian Catholic women theologians, brought together 28 theologians from 11 countries, including Dr. Cruz, 39, who is currently a visiting assistant professor in the Catholic Studies program at DePaul University in Chicago. The papers presented at the conference ranged from the idea of peacemaking in the Bible and the role of the feminine, interculturality, everyday acts of resistance, narratives, and rituals of liberation in practicing peace.

Dr. Cruz is a feminist theologian from the Philippines whose work focuses on liberation ethics in migration theology. In 2005 she won the Best Academic Essay Award to New Scholars granted by the Catholic Theological Society of America. She has been a regular contributor to the National Catholic Reporter’s Global Perspective column. Gemma has a BA in Religious Education (St. Columban, Philippines), MA in Religious Studies (Maryhill School of Theology, Philippines), and Ph.D. in Intercultural Theology (University of Nijmegen). Her doctoral dissertation was on "A Different Cartography: Mapping the God-Talk of a Feminist Theology of Struggle of Filipino Women Domestic Workers in the Context of Migration". In addition to DePaul University, she has been on the theology faculty of St. Ambrose University, Iowa.

Here are some of her writings that are available on the Internet:

Other publications include “Between Identity and Security: Theological Implications of Migration in the Context of Globalization,” in Theological Studies 69 (2008), "Faith on the Edge: Religion and Women in the Context of Migration," in Feminist Theology, Vol. 15, No. 1, 9-25 (2006), "Singing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land: Religious Identity in the Context of Migration" in Forum Mission Yearbook Vol.4 (2008) and “Asian Women and Dialogue” published in Prophetic Witness: Catholic Women's Strategies for Reform, edited by Colleen Griffith, Crossroad Publishing Company, 2009.

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