Areas of Interest: Systematic Theology, Latino Theology, Theological Aesthetics.
Biography: Theologian Cecilia González-Andrieu returned to her alma mater LMU after completing the doctorate at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, where she was the first to combine the studies of systematic theology with religion and the arts.
González -Andrieu is one of the leading scholars of theological aesthetics, which she proposes as a way to bring communities together, respect and celebrate otherness, and lift the theological insights of those who know and express themselves in ways beyond the textual.
She has been recognized with awards for her writing by the Catholic Press Association, and singled out as one of the most promising theologians of the next generation by America Magazine. Her book Bridge to Wonder: Art as a Gospel of Beauty has received international acclaim and praise for its ability “to link art’s power to move beyond the discursive, cognitive and propositional to a theology grounded in an experience that opens the imagination and moves one to encounter ‘God in all things’” (The Pneuma Review). Gonzalez-Andrieu is also active on research and advocacy for issues of Latino/a Theology, immigration and educational justice.
Other recent publications include co-editor of Teaching Global Theologies: Power and Praxis, and contributor to Go Into the Streets: The Welcoming Church of Pope Francis, along with key articles for The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts and The Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States. She co-chaired the National Symposium on Hispanic Ministry (2014), and contributed the opening reflection to the Journal of Catholic Education special issue on “Latinos/as, education and the Church,” (2016).
González -Andrieu teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs of LMU’s Department of Theological Studies, co-chairs the LMU Latino Theology and Ministry Initiative, is a member of the Theological Commission of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and active on several ecumenical and interreligious projects including CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts) and SARTS (the Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies. She is an active mentor and alumna of the Hispanic Theological Initiative, Princeton and co-founder of LMU’s Viernes por la tarde Latino issues working group and mentors the Social Justice Scholars community..
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