In Octavia E. Butler’s short story "The Book of Martha," each time the title character interacts with God, God progressively changes shape, gender, and race, moving from a God represented by a white man to a Black woman who resembled her likeness. When Martha wonders why she was initially unable to see God as a Black woman, God replies: “You see what your life has prepared you to see.”
I thought about this story recently after giving a guest lecture on AfroLatinx theologies at Yale Divinity School. As a pastor and co-curator of the AfroLatine Theology Project, when I say “AfroLatinx theologies,” I generally mean the theologies of people who self-recognize as being of African descent and live (or have origins in) Latin America or the Caribbean. During the lecture, I spoke with students about AfroLatinx theologies and how these are dynamic, focused on a decentralization of power, and are embodied. It was important to highlight that AfroLatinx theologies are a helpful tool to combat the anti-Blackness that is often a part of Latinx theologies. | Read the full article from Guesnerth Josué Pere.