Jennifer Owens-Jofré (PhD)
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About Jennifer Owens-Jofré (PhD)
Jennifer Owens-Jofré, PhD, is a Catholic theologian and lay ecclesial minister whose academic writing has appeared in Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology, Anglican Theological Review, and the International Journal of Practical Theology. Currently, Dr. Owens-Jofré is crafting a manuscript based on her dissertation research with lay Latina leaders at Dolores Mission Parish, the working title of which is Taking Up la Virgen’s Mantle: A Theology of Accompaniment (Convivium Press, forthcoming). She co-edited From the Pews in the Back: Young Women and Catholicism (Liturgical Press, 2009), and more of her popular pieces can be found at Commonweal, the Political Theology Network, and America. Drawing on ministry experience in Catholic communities across the United States, Dr. Owens-Jofré also teaches in parish settings and offers professional development workshops, especially for those who would like to work with young adults, develop cultural competency skills for Hispanic ministry, and cultivate spiritual practices that root our commitments to anti-racism.
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This wisdom is based on the authors’ oral traditions, research, intuitions, and lived experiences—wisdom inspired by, and created from, personal trajectories on the path to spiritual conocimiento, or inner spiritual inquiry. This conocimiento has reemerged over the last fifty years as efforts to decolonize lives, minds, spirits, and bodies have advanced. Yet this knowledge goes back many generations to the time when the ancestors understood their interconnectedness with each other, with nature, and with the sacred cosmic forces—a time when the human body was a microcosm of the universe.
Reclaiming and reconstructing spirituality based on non-Western epistemologies is central to the process of decolonization, particularly in these fraught times. The wisdom offered here appears in a variety of forms—in reflective essays, poetry, prayers, specific guidelines for healing practices, communal rituals, and visual art, all meant to address life transitions and how to live holistically and with a spiritual consciousness for the challenges of the twenty-first century.
As new forms of worship and belief continue to evolve in the twenty-first century, Patheos invited thought leaders from a variety of religious traditions to talk about the future of religion. What trends will influence how people across the spectrum of faiths worship and practice? What are the challenges and opportunities that will confront faith leaders? What are the controversial issues? Will cooperation or conflict between religions be dominant in the years ahead? What reform movements will shape the future of belief?
In addressing these questions, we have included the thoughts of many of the most prominent and diverse scholars and commentators on religion today, including Reza Aslan, Philip Clayton, Quentin Cook, Michele Dillon, Gavin Flood, Martin Marty, Alister McGrath, Scot McKnight, Brian McLaren, Hemant Mehta, Eboo Patel, Sarah Pike, Charles Prebish, Jonathan Sarna, Phyllis Tickle, Asma Uddin, Reb Zalman, and many others.
This compilation of essays includes the reflections of scholars and practitioners of nine major faith traditions--Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Roman Catholicism, Progressive Christianity, Evangelicalism, Mormonism, Islam, and Paganism--and a tenth collection of articles on Humanism/Atheism.
Essays will tackle such subjects as race, interfaith relations, blogging, theological controversies, gender issues, proselytizing, music, emerging movements, politics, and film.
From the Pews in the Back is a book filled with questions about Catholic identity. How do young Catholic women see or define themselves? What is their relationship to the church? What are their struggles and joys? In a church that often consigns them to the pews in the back, what place are young women claiming? This collection of twenty-nine essays approaches these questions from a multitude of angles. These brief memoirs, to 'her with the insights of editors Kate Dugan and Jennifer Owens, offer a glimpse into what it means to be young, Catholic, and female in today's church. These women wrestle with the Catholic faith and with the church. They ask hard questions of the institution and are not willing to take easy answers.
From the Pews in the Back is a new chapter in the dialogue about the role of women in the church. The voices of these women range from inspiring and energetic to challenging and wounded. Ultimately, though these women are stubbornly hopeful. They are claiming a place in the church and are calling other Catholics to talk with them about this claim.