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Leadership Born Of Struggle and Hope: Rutillo Grande, Ignacio Ellacuria, Jon Sobrino, and Us
November 5, 2014 | 4:00-5:15 p.m.
St. Clare Room, Library and Learning Commons
In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the assassination of the Jesuits and their collaborators at the Universidad de Centroamerica (UCA) in El Salvador, this panel will consider the life struggles and challenges out of which the leadership of Rutilio Grande, Ignacio Ellacuría, and Jon Sobrino emerged, and how their examples might inform our own lives, work, and commitments to justice at Santa Clara University today. Panelists will also reflect on how the work of educated solidarity and the proyecto social has become central to the work of Ignatian leaders in Jesuit higher education and beyond.
Kevin Burke, S.J., a Jesuit priest and theologian, is an Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and former dean of the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley. Before coming to California he taught fundamental and systematic theology at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts (1997-2006). Prior to completing his doctoral studies in theology he worked in campus ministry (Regis University, Denver, Colorado) and diocesan parish ministry (Archdiocese of Boston, Massachusetts).
Fr. Burke has authored and edited several books and numerous articles dealing with the thought of Ignacio Ellacuría and the legacy of the UCA martyrs, including The Ground beneath the Cross: The Theology of Ignacio Ellacuría (2000), and a co-edited (with Robert Lassalle-Klein) collection of essays, Love that Produces Hope (2006). More recently he wrote the commentaries for a collection of translated essays by Ellacuría, Ignacio Ellacuría: Essays on History, Salvation, Liberation (edited by Michael Lee, 2012), and co-edited (with Matthew Ashley and Rodolfo Cardenal) and wrote the introduction for a 25th anniversary volume of essays on Ellacuría entitled A Grammar of Justice: The Legacy of Ignacio Ellacuría Today (2014). His other books include another edited collection, Pedro Arrupe: Essential Writings (2004), featuring a selection of the spiritual writings of the former Superior General of the Jesuit Order. He produced his first audio book An Introduction to Catholic Theology with “Now-You-Know Media” (2009) and published a well-reviewed collection entitled The Ignatian Tradition (2009) with his sister, Dr. Eileen Burke-Sullivan, the Barbara Reardon Heaney Chair in Pastoral Liturgical Theology at Creighton University.
Fr. Burke has spoken to diocesan audiences, has given retreats and workshops, and has delivered lectures at universities and conferences throughout the United States. He has addressed a number of theological topics but most recently has turned his focus to the intersection poetry and theology and the possibilities of theologies inspired by the Ignatian vision. Kevin is a native of Casper, Wyoming where he grew up as one of ten children in a sheep and cattle ranching family. He still returns to Wyoming regularly to enjoy his family’s summer ranch in the Big Horn Mountains. He enjoys playing the guitar, writing poetry, and cooking, and he has a growing interest in photography.
Robert Lassalle-Klein, Ph.D., S.T.L., M.S.W., is Professor of Religious Studies and Philosophy and convener of the Department of Religious Studies at Holy Names University (Oakland, CA). His sabbatical projects include The Spiritual Writings of Jon Sobrino (Orbis) and research for a book on Jesus the Immigrant: Contextual Christology and the Signs of the Times. Recent publications include Blood and Ink: Ignacio Ellacuría, Jon Sobrino, and the Jesuit Martyrs of the University of Central America (2014); “Ignacio Ellacuría’s Rahnerian Fundamental Theology for a Global Church” (2013); and three edited volumes: Jesus of Galilee: Contextual Christology for the 21st Century (2011); the Special Issue of Theological Studies on the Galilean Jesus (Spring 2009); and (with Kevin Burke, S.J.) Love That Produces Hope: The Thought of Ignacio Ellacuría (2006). Twenty-seven years ago he co-founded and still serves on the board of the Oakland Catholic Worker, which provides hospitality to immigrant families from Latin America. He serves on advisory boards for the Region XI Seminar in Formation for Hispanic Ministry, the Instituto Hispano of the Jesuit School of Theology, and the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries of Santa Clara University, where he will be teaching one course each quarter while on sabbatical at SCU during the 2014-15 academic year. Bob is a graduate of SCU and his daughter, Kate (a junior), received a Jean Donovan Fellowship to work with Sr. Peggy O’Neill, S.C., this summer (2014) in Suchitoto, El Salvador.
Lynette M. Parker is the Associate Clinical Professor of Law (Immigration Practice Area) and Clinical Faculty member of the Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center. The Law Center is a civil clinical program of Santa Clara University School of Law. She has been teaching and supervising law students handling immigration cases at the Law Center since March 2000. In addition to her work at the Law Center, Ms. Parker is a lecturer in law at Santa Clara University School of Law, teaching immigration law and Spanish for lawyers. She provides technical support to attorneys on U visa and T visa cases for sexual assault and human trafficking survivors. She has authored the article “Increasing Law Students’ Effectiveness When Representing Traumatized Clients: A Case Study of the Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center,” 21 Geo. Immigr. L.J. 163 (2007) and co-authored the manuals published by ILRC titled “Representing Survivors of Human Trafficking: A Promising Practices Handbook.” [1st and 2nd editions] Ms. Parker is a member of the Bay Area Coalition for Immigrant Victims of Crimes, a member of the South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking, and a representative of the Coalition on the Santa Clara County Human Trafficking Commission. Prior to beginning her work with Santa Clara University, Ms. Parker worked as a staff attorney at the International Institute of the East Bay, handling a wide variety of immigration cases.
Ana María Pineda, R.S.M., was born in San Salvador, El Salvador., and was raised in the Latino neighborhood of San Franciso, California. She is an associate professor in the Religious Studies Department at Santa Clara University in California, where she regularly teaches courses in Latino/Hispanic theology. Pineda has published numerous articles on topics related to Hispanic Ministry, popular religion, pastoral practices and the importance of oral tradition. One of her research interests has focused on the lives and legacies of Archbishop Romero and Rutilio Grande, S.J. Pineda has served on the board of the Louisville Institute, the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the U.S. (ACHTUS), the Advisory Committee for the Hispanic Theological Scholarship Initiative (HTI) and many others. Pineda is a founding member of the influential Hispanic Theological Initiative which provides scholarships and mentoring for Latino/a doctoral theological students. She is the past president of ACHTUS, and the co-editor of Dialogue Rejoined: Theology and Ministry in the United States Hispanic Reality.