Sunday, December 11, 2016

Teresa Forcades "Faith and Freedom": Book and 2017 Forum

Sr. Teresa Forcades, the Benedictine nun from Barcelona who is both a medical doctor and a theologian, has published her first book in English, Faith and Freedom (Polity Books, 2016). Available in hardcover, paperback, and various electronic formats, the book organizes Forcades' reflections on a variety of topics around the monastic day and Liturgy of the Hours, as follows:

Chapter 1 - MATINS: LOVE AND FREEDOM
the biblical genesis and the Enuma Elish / creation vs. emanation / tzimtzum and perichorese / Augustine's notion of freedom

Chapter 2 - LAUDS: SOCIAL JUSTICE
liberation theology / the case of Guatemala / a critique of capitalism / my political experience

Chapter 3 - SEXT: PUBLIC HEALTH
public health systems / privatization and the WHO / the undue influence of pharmaceutical companies / medicalization

Chapter 4 - RECREATION: FEMINISM
my experience of femininity and of feminism / the mother as object of desire / sexism in today's society / feminist theology

Chapter 5 - VESPERS: FAITH
faith and reason / the gospel of Judas / Gertrude of Helfta / María Jesús of Ágreda

Chapter 6 - COMPLINE: FORGIVENESS
the testimony of a monastic sister / Lacan's subject vs. the Christian person / Jesus' parables / forgiveness and freedom

Two of Forcades' prominent British theological colleagues have reviewed the text, Dr. Tina Beattie opining that Forcades "offers a lucid and inspiring reflection on the mutually enriching relationship between contemplation and action, the spiritual and the political, faith and feminism," and Dr. Sarah Coakley adding that the nun "combines fearless intellectual analysis, radical resistance to injustice, and an unwavering commitment to the mystery and power of Christian forgiveness."



The new book is also the structuring element for a forum Sr. Teresa will be offering next year in Canada. Scheduled for March 31 - April 1, 2017, the Canadian Forum on Theology and Education will take place in Oakville, a suburb of Toronto. Sr. Teresa is the only presenter. Details are available on the Forum's website and Facebook page, but the essential information is as follows:

Date: 3/31/2017 - 4/1/2017

Place: St. Volodymyr Cultural Center, 1280 Dundas Street West, Oakville Ontario L6M 4H9

Registration: $220 includes parking, brunch, dinner, wine and cheese on March 31st, and parking, breakfast, refreshment break, and lunch on April 1st.

Housing: The Forum has arranged special pricing with two local hotels - $123.17/night

For more information: Contact John Quinn at johnquinn@cfotae.ca or 905-934-9115

Last year, the Forum featured Forcades' fellow Benedictine Sr. Joan Chittister OSB and Diarmuid O'Murchu MSC. Past presenters have also included Fr. Michael Crosby OFM and Kenneth L. Parker.