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SimonMary Aihiokhai

United States
Institution University of Portland
Position Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
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Recent Publications
  • “Deconstructing the Myth of Whiteness: A Decolonial Turn to a Eucharistic Humanity.” In “Why We Can’t Wait:” Racism and the Church. Edited by Catherine Punsalan-Manlinos, Tracy Sayuki Tiemeier, and Elisabeth T. Vasko. The Annual Publication of the College Theology Society 2022. Volume 68. Pp. 7 – 13. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2023.
  • “An Ecclesiology of the Whole People of God in the African Church.” In Under the Palaver Tree: Doing African Ecclesiology in the Spirit of Vatican II – The Contributions of Elochukwu E. Uzukwu. Edited by Stan Chu Ilo and Caroline N. Mbonu. Pp. 160 – 176. Pickwick Publications, 2023.
  • “The Enduring Power of Palaver as A Tool for Fostering Socio-Cosmological Harmony: An African Response to the Culture of War in Our World.” Journal of Catholic Social Thought. Volume 20. No. 2 (2023): 223 – 240.
  • “A Tapestry of Black Anthropology of Freedom: Insights from James H. Cone and Frantz Fanon.” The Heythrop Journal (2023): 1 – 14.
  • “Compassionate Imagination/Re-Existing/Hope: Embracing a Deliberate Turn to the Promptings of the Spirit for A Synodal Church.” Religions. Volume 14. No. 10: 1245 (2023):
  • “The Impotent God: The Divine Providence in Times of Global Power.” Concilium (2023/3): 73 – 80.
  • “Reimagining the Future of the Church in Africa.” Concilium. (2023/2): 94 -102.
  • “Where/How/For What Purpose is Christ Being Proclaimed Today?: Rethinking Proclamation in the World of Peripheries.” Religions. Special Issue: Religious Pluralism in the Contemporary Transformation Society. Volume 14. No. 3: 382 (2023):
  • Co-authored with Isaiah Negedu. “African Philosophy Post 1994: In Conversation with Alena Rettova.” Modern Africa: Politics, History and Society. Volume 10. No. 2 (2022): 101–118.
  • Religion, Women of Color, and the Suffrage Movement: The Journey to Holistic Freedom (Feminist Studies and Sacred Texts Series). Lexington Books. An Imprint of Rowan and Littlefield. 2022. ISBN: 978-1-7936-2769-8 (Hardback). ISBN: 978-1-7936-2769-4 (e-Book). 386 pages.
Professional Activities and Affiliations
  • Board member, College Theology Society (2020 - 2023)
  • Convener, Black Catholic Theology/Catholic Theological Society of America (2018 - 2021)
  • Member, African Studies Association (2008 - present)
  • Member, Society of Christian Ethics (2008 - present)
  • American Academy of Religion (2008 - present)
  • Black Catholic Theological Symposium (2008 - present)
  • Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church (2017 - present)
  • United States Association for the Study of Religion (2008 - present)