Beyond Borders: Writings of Virgilio Elizondo and Friends

Matovina, Timothy, ed. Beyond Borders: Writings of Virgilio Elizondo and Friends. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2000.

Beyond Borders presents a collection of twenty-seven essays honoring the life and contributions of Mexican-American pastor, theologian and religious educator Father Virgilio Elizondo. Editor Timothy Matovina arranges the essays in five major sections reflective of Elizondo’s thought: Religious Education as Pastoral Theology; Popular Religion; Mestizaje and a Galilean Christology; Sin, Forgiveness, and the Experience of God; and Beyond Borders. <p>Each major section contains Introductory Essays written by a number of Elizondo’s colleagues and friends representing a wide range of personal and disciplinary fields. Fourteen of Elizondo’s previously-published essays also form a large part of the book’s material. The volume does not follow the usual “festschrift” format. Rather than cover a variety of topics to honor Elizondo, essays draw upon and highlight the principal elements of his unique theological insight. <p> Peruvian theologian Gustavo Gutierrez authors the book’s Foreword on Elizondo’s “Vision as a Hermeneutics of Hope.” Matovina’s Introduction offers an interpretation and summary of the man as pastor, liturgist and theologian. The book concludes with a Table of Original Publication, a Bibliography of Virgilio Elizondo’s Writings, and a List of Contributors.