500 Years of Christianity and the Global Filipin@

Postcolonial Perspectives

February 8- 9, 2022
Location: Online Zoom Webinar

The year 2021 marked the five-hundredth anniversary of Christianity’s entry into the Philippines. With over 90% in the country identifying as Christian and with more than eight million Filipin@s all over the world, Filipin@s are a significant force reshaping global Christianity. This anniversary thus not only calls for celebration but also reflection and critique. This two-day conference gathered theologians in the Philippines, United States, Australia, and around the world to examine Christianity in the Philippines through a postcolonial theological lens. The “post” here is not used in the temporal sense, as if colonialism has ended, but rather, suggests the desire to go beyond the colonial in all its contemporary manifestations. 

The first panel, “Rethinking Encounters,” focused on introducing the context of Christianity’s arrival in the islands and its effect on its peoples. The second panel, “Reappropriation, Resistance, and Decolonization,” grappled with the enduring presence of coloniality in Filipin@ religious practices as well as celebrate the ways Christianity as a gift has been critically and creatively reimagined.

This event was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University; the Department of Theology and Religious Education at De La Salle University; and BBI-The Australian Institute of Theological Education.

It was supported by:

  • Catholic Studies Program, Georgetown University
  • Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Georgetown University
  • Southeast Asian Research Center and Hub, De La Salle University
  • Ecclesiological Investigations Network
  • DaKaTeo
  • Department of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University
  • Religious Educators Association of the Philippines
  • Lode Wostyn Webinar Series, Maryhill School of Theology Alumni
  • San Carlos Major Seminary
  • Pacific School of Religion and Graduate Theological Union 
  • University of San Francisco
  • Union Theological Seminary
  • The Filipinx and Philippine Studies Working Group at UC Berkeley


Tuesday, February 8

Rethinking the Encounters
7:00-9:00 p.m. EST | 4:00-6:00 p.m. PST

Agnes M. Brazal, De La Salle University, Philippines (Chair)
Vivienne Angeles​, De La Salle University, USA
Daniel Franklin Pilario, CM, St. John's University, USA
Ma. Marilou Ibita, De La Salle University, Philippines
Albert Alejo, S.J., Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome

Wednesday, February 9

Reappropriation, Resistance, and Decolonization
7:00-9:00 p.m. EST | 4:00-6:00 p.m. PST

Cristina Lledo Gomez, BBI-The Australian Institute of Theological Education, Australia (Chair)
Leny M. Strobel, Sonoma State University, USA
Rev. Ferdinand Anno, Union Christian College, Philippines
Rev. Revelation Velunta, Union Theological Seminary, Philippines
Antonio Sison, CPPS, Catholic Theological Union, USA

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