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What is left of me in that house I grew up?

What is left of me in that house I grew up?

The house I grew up in São Paulo was sold. I can now see how presences become ghosts and how spaces once filled with life lose their spirit. We grow up, we leave the house, our parents get sick, die or need to move and the house which once was a castle, a shelter, a place of belonging becomes a memory of entire lives, a close-distant place, a landscape filled with moments that made who we have become. Like a polaroid that freezes many years together, the shiny picture loses its color and gives space to something else. I lived…

Book Review-How Do We Become Green People and Earth’s Communities? Inventory, Metamorphoses, and  Metamorphoses, and Emergenc(i)es

Book Review-How Do We Become Green People and Earth’s Communities? Inventory, Metamorphoses, and  Metamorphoses, and Emergenc(i)es

  Cláudio Carvalhaes. How Do We Become Green People and Earth’s Communities? Inventory, Metamorphoses, and  Metamorphoses, and Emergenc(i)es (York, PA: The Barber’s Son Press, 2022).  Journal of Hispanic / Latino Theology Volume 25 Number 1 Article 13 6-2023   Cláudio Carvalhaes graciously attributes to Leonardo Boff the paradigm shift in theology that invites us to “think with the earth” in Boff’s book Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor (1997). Yet Carvalhaes’s work is not only a new way of thinking, a new scientific paradigm shift as defined by Thomas Kuhn, but also an invitation to a new way…

Clarice Lispector – The Hour of the Star

Clarice Lispector – The Hour of the Star

Clarice Lispector – The Hour of the Star A part of a talk to pastors in Sweden Let me now point to Clarice Lispector’s novel The Hour of the Star that you all read. It seems that immigration and refugees are at the heart of your preoccupations and for me this novel speaks to the heart of it. I don’t know how you read it but I want to offer a way to read this novel from a context I know very well, the context of being an immigrant living in the United States. Lispector is bringing about the drama…

Literary Text-Remembering The Trees – The Cross, The Lynching Trees, and The Amazon Forest

Literary Text-Remembering The Trees – The Cross, The Lynching Trees, and The Amazon Forest

Remembering The Trees – The Cross, The Lynching Trees, and The Amazon Forest Cláudio Carvalhaes   “All important ideas must include the trees, the mountains, and the rivers.”  Mary Oliver   I didn’t know anything about trees until I met Wonder. Wonder lives at Adams Ricci Park in Enola, a very small town in Central Pennsylvania. She is next to this beautiful shallow and meandering creek called Conodoguinet, one of the hundred tributaries of the Susquehanna River, namely the oldest river on earth, dating circa 320-340 million years. Located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, the Susquehanna river…