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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 C. Hoover. Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Pastoral and Practical Theology at LMU and Associate Chair for Graduate Education for the Theological Studies department. Dr. Hoover focuses on how Christian life, practice, and ministry shape and are shaped by both social and cultural context as well as interpretations of the Christian (especially Roman Catholic) tradition. He teaches courses on ministry, immigration, faith and culture, and US Catholicism. 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 much of his recent research. He is the author of several books and articles, including the forthcoming IMMIGRATION AND FAITH: CULTURAL, BIBLICAL, AND THEOLOGICAL NARRATIVES (Paulist, July 2021). He regular consults with parishes and offers workshops for various organizations. He co-founded the Catholic seeker website, BustedHalo.com, and he currently serves on the board of LMU's Center for Religion and Spirituality. Before coming to LMU in 2011, he taught graduate students in ministry at the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago, and in the various seminaries of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

Education (3)

Graduate Theological Union: Ph.D., 2010

Washington Theological Union: M.A., 1997

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

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Areas of Expertise (4)

Pastoral Theology

Parish life

Sociological of religion in theological research

American Catholicism

Languages (1)

  • Spanish

Research Grants (4)

Project Grant for Researchers

Louisville Institute 

2021-01-04

A grant to research the operative theologies of ministry of Catholic pastoral leaders of color.

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Fellow

The American Parish Project 

2015

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Congregational Studies Fellow 

2012-2014

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 (13)

Practical Theology in the United States

Zeitschrift fùr Pastoraltheologie

2020-03-18

“Practical Theology in the United States,” Zeitschrift für Pastoraltheologie (Journal for pastoral theology) 39, no. 2 (2019): 7-18.

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Power in the Parish

American Parishes: Remaking Local Catholicism

Brett C. Hoover

2019-07-02

“Power in the Parish: Racial and Ethnic Groups Sharing Parishes,” in American Parishes: Remaking Local Catholicism, ed. Gary Adler, Tricia Bruce, and Brian Starks (New York: Fordham University Press, 2019).

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Power Dynamics in Catholic Parishes Shared by Latinos

Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community

Brett C. Hoover

2019-01-17

“Power Dynamics in Catholic Parishes Shared by Latinos,” Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community 46, no. 4 (2019): 380-392.

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I Am Not a Sociologist: Reflections on Sociological Research in Theology

Qualitative Research in Theological Education

Brett C. Hoover

2018-09-30

“I Am Not a Sociologist: Reflections on Sociological Research in Theology,” in Qualitative Research in Theological Education: Pedagogy in Practice, ed. Susan Wilhauck and Mary Moschella (London: SCM Press, 2018).

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A Place for Communion

Theological Studies

Brett C. Hoover

2017-11-21

“A Place for Communion: Reflections on an Ecclesiology of Parish Life,” Theological Studies 78, no. 4 (2017): 825–849.

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The "Ownership of Shared Sacred Space: Churches and Ethnic and Racial Groups in US Catholicism"

Eurostudia

Brett C. Hoover

2017-05-08

“The ‘Ownership’ of Shared Sacred Space: Churches and Ethnic and Racial Groups in U.S. Catholicism,” Eurostudia 12, no. 1 (2017): 105-124.

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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).

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).

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).