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Gift and Fiesta: Two Ways from the Hispanic Latino/a Perspective to Combat Climate Change

Nelson Araque, Barry University

The purpose of this presentation is to examine the recovery of the aesthetical value of creation as a way to combat climate change and safeguard the integrity of creation. This examination will first explore Alejandro Garcia-Rivera's "theological cosmology." A former distinguished faculty member of the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkley, CA and member of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the U.S., he offers a unique aesthetic and religious vision on this topic.

I will draw also from Roberto Goizueta's understanding of "Fiesta." Currently the Margaret O'Brien Flatley Professor of Catholic Theology at Boston College, his works have focused on theological aesthetics, as well as liberation and Latino/a theology. I will demonstrate how the work of these two scholars offer a unique contribution to the discussion about the implications of climate change.

I would use a Power Point program which I have developed, and accompany it with an extended commentary. At the conclusion, I would invite questions from the audience and point them in the direction of further research.

The projected outcomes would include increased awareness and understanding of both the problem of climate change and a concrete way to address it. Though of particular benefit to those of Hispanic background, this presentation would have universal appeal. The audience would leave the presentation with practical wisdom about the role of aesthetical theology in restoring an integrative view of creation.