July 13, 2017 / Theology
In Appalachia’s faith-based intentional communities, Michael J. Iafrate locates the relevant “social poetry” necessary for ecological change.
Michael J. Iafrate is a doctoral candidate in theology at the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto. A West Virginia native, he currently serves as co-coordinator of the Catholic Committee of Appalachia and was the lead author of the organization’s “people’s pastoral,” The Telling Takes Us Home: Taking Our Place in the Stories that Shape Us. He has contributed to the National Catholic Reporter and Religion Dispatches, various journals, and the collections Secular Music and Sacred Theology (2013) and Music, Theology, and Justice (2017). He is also a singer-songwriter whose most recent album Christian Burial was released in spring 2017.