María Teresa (MT) Dávila is an associate professor of practice at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts. She was associate professor of Christian ethics at Andover Newton Theological School, a Protestant seminary located in Newton, Massachusetts, teaching at the intersection of Christian ethics and public theology. Her publications and courses focus on immigration, racism and racial justice, class and inequality, Catholic social teaching and the ethics of the use of force. She is co-editor of Living With(out) Borders: Catholic Theological Ethics and the Movement of Peoples (Orbis Books, 2016). Dávila is the president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS).

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Encountering the Spirit in the symbols of the ancestors

This vandalism of Amazonian statues represented the many ways colonial violence has an ongoing and deep hold on Catholicism even today, especially in the U.S. 


Faith is something best 'lived on one's feet'

The summer of 2019 has seen two powerful acts of resistance: the Catholic Day of Action for Immigrant Children and the Puerto Rican protests against Governor Ricky Rosselló. Both actions illustrate the power of movimientos, clamoring for the dignity and human rights of marginalized communities. 


Hate is not welcome aquí

We write as the authors of Theology en la Plaza -- en conjunto, united in prophetic rage and graced by the resilience of nuestra gente, paying critical attention to the role of the incendiary language that fueled the latest destructive incarnation of hate in El Paso.


The sins of racism and family separation erode the sanctity of life

The U.S. bishops' recent pastoral letter against racism, "Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love," acknowledges that complex histories of violence, exclusion and invisibility continue to impact the life prospects and dignity of African-American, Latinx and Native American communities today — and is a clarion call to actively address racism as a life issue.