ACHTUS Board Challenges U.S. on Paris Accord ExitOn June 9, 2017, the Board of Directors of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS) released the following statement challenging the Trump Administration's decision to take the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord:
Given that President Donald Trump’s June 1, 2017 decision runs directly counter to the vision for care of creation presented by Pope Francis in his Encyclical Letter Laudato Si, among other ecclesial documents,* we stand with the international community of scientists, academics, and citizens of the world, who recognize the impact of climate change on all of creation, particularly the world’s most vulnerable citizens. As such, we commit to stand with global and local leaders who act in a manner that promotes environmental stewardship that meets or surpasses the previously held commitment of the United States to the Paris Climate Agreement. Furthermore, we commit to supporting critical, theological reflections that advance ecological consciousness and the common good.
Watch This Space …If you are reading this page, you‘re getting a taste of things to come for the Journal of Hispanic / Latino Theology, which is undergoing a renacimiento! The JHLT is the preeminent, peer-reviewed journal for Latinx Christian scholarship in theology, scriptures, ethics, religious history and U.S. Latinx cultures. Published since 1993 by ACHTUS, the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States, the JHLT showcases the work of thinkers from every religious and ethno-racial background on the religio-cultural condition of Latino/as in the United States. Our disciplinary mainstay is U.S. Latina/o theological studies — an enterprise evermore informed by transnational and trans-historical perspectives, intercultural theorization, and interdisciplinary research drawing from fields outside religious studies.
The journal has been on editorial hiatus recently — as we rebuild our platform on Bepress's remarkable Digital Commons, thanks to generous support from the excellent staff of Gleeson Library at the University of San Francisco, which will be our repository institution. The journal is changing its public presence in important ways. Until now, the JHLT has been a subscription-based publication. While its print edition was a bonus for members of ACHTUS, others had to pay annual subscription fees to read the journal. When we became an online journal about a decade ago, our editorial content likewise was behind a paywall, accessible only to ACHTUS members and paid subscribers. With our move to the Digital Commons universe, the JHLT will be open-access: While author and journal copyrights remain intact, all the editorial content of the journal will now be freely accessible to anyone accessing a Digital Commons search engine, or accessing the journal through USF's repository-library portal. You only need to run a couple of searches through the DC repository engine to be impressed with the range of scholarly material you can summon. (See the search boxes in the sidebar to the left.) While the journal will no longer earn revenues from subscriptions, the powerful Digital Commons platform will give our scholarship more global reach and citationality. We will become more relevant, as scholars the world over read us like never before.
If all goes well, our new site will go live with the JHLT's 15-year archive sometime before the ACHTUS Colloquium in June. We hope and plan to publish our next new edition of the journal before Thanksgiving 2017. Thereafter we anticipate publishing three to four issues annually, each comprising up to a half-dozen articles and essays, and any number of book reviews. In the meantime, keep us in your prayers as we complete our move and reconstruction.