Editor’s Note: After the devastating hurricanes on Puerto Rico in September 2017, the Forum, “Puerto Rico and María: Histories and Vulnerabilities in the Eye of the Storm” was held at the Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature in November 2017. Various Puerto Rican scholars of religion explored historical, political and theological implications in the aftermath of an excruciatingly slow USA government response to the devastation on the Island. In what follows, Perspectivas offers three of those reflections, especially prepared for this issue, one from a theologian, one from a biblical scholar and one from an ethicist. Issues of Puerto Rico’s colonial status, historical injustices on the Island, and religious and ethical implications moving forward inform these important and helpful essays.
The following three reflections are part of the Special Edition forum on the Crisis in Puerto Rico: