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Brett C. Hoover - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Brett C. Hoover Brett C. Hoover

Associate Professor and Graduate Director of Theological Studies | Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA, UNITED STATES

Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

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Biography

Brett Hoover is Assistant Professor of Theological Studies at LMU, specializing in practical (pastoral) theology. Dr. Hoover focuses on how Christian life, practice, and ministry shape and are shaped by interpretations of the Christian (especially Roman Catholic) tradition. He teaches graduate students in ministry in the pastoral theology degree program as well as undergraduates in courses at the intersection of culture and religious (or spiritual) practice. Dr. Hoover also serves the Church by teaching pastoral leaders locally and around the country, especially about ministry in culturally diverse parishes, the focus of his recent research. Through LMU extension, he facilitated worships in intercultural ministry training, including cultural orientation for international priests beginning ministry in the United States (COPIM) and the United States Catholic Bishops’ program, Building Intercultural Competency for Ministers (BICM). He is the author of THE SHARED PARISH: LATINOS, ANGLOS, AND THE FUTURE OF US CATHOLICISM (NYU Press, 2014) and co-editor of HISPANIC MINISTRY IN THE 21ST CENTURY: URGENT ISSUES (Convivium Press, 2016), as well as several other books and articles. He consults with parishes and offers workshops for other organizations, and he previously served in parish ministry in culturally diverse parishes in New York City, Chicago, and the San Francisco Bay Area. He co-founded the Catholic seeker website, BustedHalo.com, and he currently serves on the board of the Latino Theology and Ministry Initiative at LMU. Before coming to LMU in 2011, he taught graduate students in ministry at the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago, the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University, and the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley.
Dr. Hoover co-leads LMU’s Youth Theology Institute, a weeklong experience for high school students equipping them with leadership skills and the tools to consider contemporary theological questions in depth.” It would go between these two sentences: “He teaches graduate students in ministry in the pastoral theology degree program as well as undergraduates in courses at the intersection of culture and religious (or spiritual) practice. Dr. Hoover also serves the Church by teaching pastoral leaders locally and around the country, especially about ministry in culturally diverse parishes,the focus of his recent research.

Education (3)

Graduate Theological Union: Ph.D., 2010

Washington Theological Union: M.A., 1997

University of California, Santa Barbara: B.A., 1989

Areas of Expertise (4)

Pastoral Theology Parish life Sociological of religion in theological research American Catholicism

Affiliations (4)

  • Treasurer: Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities for Graduate Education in Ministry
  • Former Convener for Practical Theology Topic Session: Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA)
  • Association for Graduate Programs in Ministry (AGPIM)
  • American Academy of Religion

Languages (3)

  • Spanish
  • Biblical Greek (reading)
  • German (reading)

Research Grants (3)

Fellow

Congregational Studies Fellow 

2012-2014

Fellow

The American Parish Project 

2015

Youth Theology Institute Grant Team

Loyola Marymount University 

2016-2020

Courses (13)

Supervised Pastoral Field Education

Contextual Education Seminar

Foundations of Pastoral Theology

Foundations of Pastoral Theology

Faith and Culture in Pastoral Ministry

Faith and Culture in Pastoral Ministry

Theology of the Parish

Theology of the Parish

Church and Mission

Church and Mission

Introduction to Theology

Introduction to Theology

Theologies of Cultural Diversity

Theologies of Cultural Diversity

American Catholicism

American Catholicism

Ministry and Pastoral Leadership

Ministry and Pastoral Leadership

Search of a Way: Spirituality, Faith, and Culture

Search of a Way: Spirituality, Faith, and Culture

Communion Ecclesiology in a Culturally Diverse World

Communion Ecclesiology in a Culturally Diverse World

Special Studies: Faith and Culture

Special Studies: Faith and Culture

Migration and the Border: Context, Theologies, and Pastoral Responses

Migration and the Border: Context, Theologies, and Pastoral Responses

Articles (7)

From Bonaventure to BustedHalo®: Ministry Beyond the Church Walls Wipf & Stock/Cascade

“From Bonaventure to BustedHalo®: Ministry Beyond the Church Walls,” in The Church Has Left the Building, ed. Michael Plekon et al (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock/Cascade, 2016).

No Favoritism: Effective Collaborative Leadership Practices in Multicultural Parishes Lanham, MD: Lexington Books

“No Favoritism: Effective Collaborative Leadership Practices in Multicultural Parishes,” in Collaborative Parish Leadership: Contexts, Models, and Theology, ed. William Clark and Daniel Gast (2016)

Hispanic Ministry and Parish Life Hispanic Ministry in the 21st Century: Urgent Issues

"Hispanic Ministry and Parish Life," in Hispanic Ministry in the 21st Century: Urgent Issues (Miami: Convivium Press, 2016).

Lost and Found: Immigrant Conversion Stories, the New Evangelization, and Parish Life New Theology Review

“Lost and Found: Immigrant Conversion Stories, the New Evangelization, and Parish Life,” New Theology Review 27, no. 1 (October 2014): 33-39.

Faith from Nowhere: The Liquid Catholicism of Busted Halo Feminism and Religion in the 21st Century

“Faith from Nowhere: The Liquid Catholicism of Busted Halo,” in Feminism and Religion in the 21st Century, ed. Gina Messina-Dysert and Rosemary Radford Rüther (New York: Routledge, 2014).

Dorothy Day: The Seeker Saint All Holy Men and Women: A Paulist Litany of Saints

"Dorothy Day: The Seeker Saint,” in All Holy Men and Women: A Paulist Litany of Saints (New York: Paulist, 2014).

Generations and Culture: The Future of Parish Life in the United States Parish Under Pressure-Quests for Meaning from a Global Perspective: Germany and the USA in Comparison

“Generations and Culture: The Future of Parish Life in the United States,” in Parish Under Pressure-Quests for Meaning from a Global Perspective: Germany and the USA in Comparison (Münster: Aschendorff Verlag, 2012).

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