Immigration and Faith: Cultural, Biblical, and Theological Narratives by Brett C. Hoover, Ph.D.
September 22, 2022
Brett C. Hoover, Ph.D. is the Associate Chair of Graduate Education and Associate Professor of Practical and Pastoral Theology for the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University.
His latest book, Immigration and Faith: Cultural, Biblical, and Theological Narratives, takes an interdisciplinary and wide ranging approach to the reality of human migration, with a special emphasis on the North American context. In nations like the United States with strong immigrant histories, the collision and interweaving of various migration narratives—cultural stories not only of receiving communities but of migrants themselves and the sending communities from which they come—help to explain the ever-shifting tensions and political struggles over migration. Hoover’s extensively researched portrayal combines sociological, cultural, and historical analysis with biblical, theological, and ethical study to create a nuanced, well-rounded discussion. Ultimately, he offers a practical theology of migration that integrates Catholic social teaching, tradition, and ethics in a clear and compelling way. Therein lies the possibility of opening new pathways for transformative encounters in immigrant societies. Immigration and Faith is a good introduction for students and scholars, but its accessibility makes it a helpful tool for parishes and other ministerial contexts.
For those interested in learning more, click here to purchase a copy of Dr. Hoover’s book.