Teresa Dease Lecture
El Salvador — Passion for God and Compassion for the Other
El Salvador and its martyrs have taught us that no one can seriously seek God without struggling for a more just world. As Jeremiah says, “To do justice for the poor and oppressed, this is truly to know God.” In this lecture, Professor Zechmeister considers how her experience in El Salvador teaches us that no one can ‘know God’ without being open to God’s presence in the vulnerable and the disadvantaged. This is an openness which leads inevitably to action as well as conflict.
Martha Zechmeister, CJ, PhD
Martha Zechmeister is a member of the Congregatio Jesu and, currently, professor of systematictheology at the Universidad Centroamericana José Siméon Canas, San Salvador, El Salvador. Her main research interests are in political theology, Latin-American liberation theology, and Ignatian spirituality.
This lecture is endowed by a special fund created by the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Loretto Sisters.