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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Architectures of hate kill human dignity by design

Theology en la Plaza: The current moment of protest and pandemic provides an opportunity for a critical examination of architectures of hate that we uphold by our participation, directly or indirectly.

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We breathe together

Theology en la Plaza: We write because the confluence of twin epidemics, COVID-19 and the ongoing plague of racism, place vulnerable communities at particular risk. Escribimos porque as Latin@s our communities are formed and shaped both by the richness of African diasporic roots and people as well as by anti-blackness that for too long remains under addressed en nuestra casa.

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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. 

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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.