Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

Graduate Portfolio Plática: Brenda L. Sendejo

“The Face of God Has Changed”: Gender, Social Justice and the Remaking of Religion in the Texas-Mexico Borderlands

Wed, November 4, 2009 | Texas Union, Chicano Culture Room (4.206)

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Like other women of her generation, Rosie Castro has reexamined her relationship to the Roman Catholicism in which she was raised. In this graduate portfolio plática, Brenda Sendejo explores how “The Face of God Has Changed” for Rosie and other Tejanas involved in movements for social justice in Texas since the 1960s and 70s. Sendejo analyzes how women have shifted their religious understandings in a range of ways: as indicated by Rosie’s devotion to the “feminine face of God” over a hierarchical God, the invoking Our Lady of Guadalupe as the Mexica/Aztec earth goddess, Tonantzin, and through other Catholic, Buddhist, shamanic, and Indigenous practices and beliefs. Sendejo examines the social and historical struggles and experiences out of which such change emerges for women, which is in many ways distinct from previous generations and from their male counterparts. This plática reveals how women’s material and spiritual needs have changed so as to require new forms of spiritual engagement. Turning a critical gender lens on the study of cultural practices in the Texas-Mexico borderlands, Sendejo explores the intersection of women’s politics and religious experiences and the cultural forms that result as women reconcile the two.

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