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March 2018



 
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HTI’s new En Conjunto workings!
 
Social media is the public platform used to share, discuss, shape, and spread ideas and movements. Studies indicate that the Latina/o community is the second highest mobile phone user at 97% (African-Americans highest at 98%).  Since HTI has supported and nurtured a cohort of more than 115 scholars--many of whom are addressing key issues that affect and impact Latina/o communities–HTI sought the opportunity to write a grant to one of its en conjunto partners, the Henry Luce Foundation, to create a virtual Latina/o public space.  I am elated to announce that, in November 2017, the Henry Luce Foundation believed in this vision and approved a $475,000 grant for HTI to develop an HTI App that will showcase HTI Talks, podcasts, and blogs. The grant will allow HTI to build a platform for many HTI graduates to address key social issues that affect and impact Latina/o communities across this nation and abroad.  The project will incorporate public theology characterized by HTI en conjunto collaborative methodology. The leadership team for this important project includes HTI Scholars  Dr. Jacqueline Hidalgo, Dr. Eric Barreto, Dr. Daniel Ramírez as well as HTI Mentors, Dr. Santiago Slabodsky and Dr. Arlene Sánchez Walsh. Stay tuned as we share the developments of the projects and how and when you can contribute.  
 
Additionally, at the AAR/SBL annual meetings in Boston, MA in November your HTI proudly launched the HTI En Conjunto Association (ECA). This association strives to unite HTI graduates and its many co-leaders across the globe to improve the sharing of information, resources, and to advance HTI’s mission and programming.
 
From its vision to its leadership the HTI En Conjunto Association follows the “en conjunto”  model by having HTI Scholars co-lead the governing board:  co-presidents, Dr. Xochitl Alvizo and Dr. Melissa Pagán; co-secretaries, Dr. Peter Mena and Dr. Gilberto Ruiz; and co-treasurers, Ángel Gallardo and Dr. Matilde Moros.  These scholars rolled up their sleeves to support HTI’s mission and vision and signed 47 members at the HTI reception, getting us closer to our goal of $15,000 by raising almost $5,000.  They are also excited about reaching out to you to share more about HTI’s current and future projects and how you can contribute to advancing HTI’s mission.
 
The HTI En Conjunto Association believes that in order to advance HTI’s mission it must be inclusive and collaborative in its membership, and for this reason it welcomes HTI graduates; professors within the HTI member institutions, non-member schools, affiliated organizations; and every individual that believes in the mission of HTI. Today HTI invites you to become part of shaping the next generation of leaders in theology and religion, by joining the HTI En Conjunto Association.
 
Membership in the Association is $60 a year, and some of the benefits include a handmade stole (special offer only until the end of March) that identifies you as a member, a special reception during the AAR/SBL annual meetings, discounts to future HTI eventspromoting your profile and CV on HTI’s website, and the opportunity to shape and engage with various HTI projects!
 
Do not miss out, join today!
 
 
In this edition of Journeys:


FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Friends,

Your Hispanic Theological Initiative continues to develop new and important ways to advance its mission by practicing what  Dr. Javier Alanis (2001-2002 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar) shared at the 20th Anniversary, “Somos un pueblo de Dios que pone mano a la obra del reino al trabajar y celebrar en conjunto.” HTI is a community of God that puts hands to work for the kin-dom by working and celebrating together.  In this issue you will read about Dr. Julian Andrés González Holguin (2014-2015 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar) , the 2018 book prize winner, and the great work he did with his book titled Cain, Abel, and the Politics of God, An Agambenian reading of Genesis 4:1-16, published by Routledge.  You will also read about what Princeton Theological Seminary, HTI’s member school, accomplished when they sent a group of facility workers with Rev. Dr. Victor Aloyo, Jr. to build up, both physically and spiritually,  the Seminario Evangelico de Puerto Rico after the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

These are just two of the many stories featured in this newsletter showing how HTI scholars continue exercising their scholarship at different events and through new publications; and how member schools continue creating spaces to support the Latina/o community.  

In case you missed it, your HTI was featured in an article entitled “Crossing the finish line – Hispanic Theological Initiative helps students thrive” in the New Year 2018 issue of In Trust Magazine.  The article written by Jay Blossom and Holly Miller captures the essence of your HTI including quotes from your HTI scholars and mentors.

Lastly, I want to express, on behalf of the HTI community, sincere gratitude to Dr. Edgardo Colón-Emeric, for his unconditional service as a member of the HTI Steering Committee from 2012 until 2017; and to welcome Dr. Oscar García-Johnson as the newest member of the committee.
 
As always, keep us up to date on what is happening in your world.  After all, Journeys is your newsletter.   Happy Reading!

Blessings,
 
Rev. Joanne Rodriguez

 

HTI’s Book Prize Winner, a conversation.

At HTI's reception during the AAR/SBL Annual Meetings, Joanne Rodríguez had the unique opportunity to announce Dr. Julian Andrés González Holguin (2014-2015 HTI Dissertation Scholar) Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Church Divinity School of the Pacific and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, as the winner of the 2017 HTI Book Prize, for his manuscript, Cain, Abel, and the Politics of God, An Agambenian reading of Genesis 4:1-16, published by Routledge. And recently, HTI's student aide, Rudy Logan, had a conversation with González about his winning entry:

Logan:  What prompted your take on the story of Cain and Abel, which interprets it differently than it is commonly understood; Cain being evil and Abel being innocent? What do you say to those who find your interpretation problematic?

González
:  All interpretations are social constructions and no interpretation is going to exhaust the meaning of the text. No interpretation is transparent even if one is dominant. That is why I  devoted two chapters of my book to the history of interpretation.  I also included sources outside of religious studies and academic biblical interpretations to bring other perspectives often not considered by biblical scholars and religious people.  I bring all of these voices together to discuss the difficulties of the text and how readers fill in the gaps to answer complex issues. I admit that I am also trying to fill the gaps and I recognize that it is something we all do especially when the text has a claim on us.  In this case, the story of Cain and Abel, the stereotypes they have been assigned are not actually part of the story.  The idea that Cain is evil and Abel is innocent is not clearly stated in the text, so in order to have that dominant reading you need to go to the history of interpretation and read Philos, Josephus, and mainly Augustine, to see the complex ideas that are built on a story by readers.  Thereby, all interpretations are problematic.

Logan: What constitutes a responsible theological analysis, as a biblical reader, in regards to the scriptural account of Cain and Abel?

González:
A responsible reader of the Bible, in the case of Genesis 4, reads as many interpretations as possible. The reader should engage the history of interpretation of the story, so that he or she can see how all of the interpretations are contingent even though some are dominant readings of the story. Cain being evil and Abel being innocent is a dominant, early patristic, mostly Augustinian way of reading the text, but it does not mean that Augustine is infallible, and that his reading is the only possible reading.  Reading the history of interpretation permits a reader to hear all those voices so one can start thinking about the theological frameworks and how it relates to issues in our world.  One can then begin the conversation as to whom we are talking about as well as who is being left out.  Thus, the stories become political revelations for understanding communities and with respect to those who do not belong to communities.  A person who quotes the Bible and then states "this is biblical" is using that phrase to close the conversation.  He/she does this because the idea of the Bible is a powerful force to determine the course of action for people.  This is especially relevant in two religions, Judaism and Christianity.  The Bible is the theological ethical center for deciding how to be in the world.

Logan: How instrumental was the formation of your faith in the writing of this book? What components of your faith were largely considered in your writing process?

González:
I am a migrant. I was not born here nor did I grow up in this culture.  I came as an  adult seeking theological education eleven years ago.  I changed in one day from being a Colombian to being a migrant in the United States and this deeply challenged my understanding of myself and my faith.  When you come to this country you are assigned new tags.  Before coming to the United States, I was white, a citizen and Colombian, but in less than 24 hours I became brown, alien, dangerous, lazy, not a citizen, and Latino.  All of those tags were assigned to me, and were not my own.  So what I wanted to do in my book was to bring my scholarly work in connection with my migrant identity.  And how, when I carefully think about my migrant identity, I can use that embodied experience -- something that was actually traumatic for me, but also an opportunity for me to use this experience to inform my research in biblical interpretation. The project began from my own experience, but I was not subverting the story, instead I wanted to show how complex the story is and how complex it is to try to answer its theological dilemmas. I noticed that Cain is also a migrant, because God sent him and his family out of the Garden of Eden. He is sent away by God after the killing of his brother, so that made me approach Cain from the perspective of a migrant and what it means to be the other, because suddenly, I was also the other.  I was trying to identify how stereotypes are assigned to people and how difficult it is to read a person of a committee of those stereotypes.  Now I was not part of a community, I was an outsider. You start dealing with your identity and how to relate with those who are insiders. So I was trying to use that to understand how Cain was interpreted through history and how this experience was also shaping my identity, my faith and who I am as a person and from there I tried to incorporate it into my academic scholarly work.

 

LOGROS

After months of interviews, conversations, and deep vocational discernment, Dr. Antonio (Tony) Alonso (2016-2017 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar) accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture and Director of Catholic Studies at Candler School of Theology at Emory University, beginning August, 2018. This appointment will allow Alonso to continue, as he said, teaching and imagining a Catholic Studies program for the future.  Congratulations Dr. Alonso on this appointment! 

Dr. Benjamin Rolsky (2011-2012 HTI First-Year Doctoral Scholar), a graduate of Drew University, was recently appointed Research Fellow at Lehigh University College of Arts and Sciences, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. We wish Dr. Rolsky all the best in this new endeavor.



Congratulations to Dr. Horacio Vela (2011-2012 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar) on his promotion to Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of the Incarnate Word. Vela is a graduate of University of Notre Dame.
 


Dr. Rebecca Berru-Davis (2010-2011 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar) joined the faculty of the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages at Montana State University-Billings, as a University Lecturer. This appointment allowed Berru-Davis to return to her home and community after being away for 10 years. She was also able to return to her position as the Book Review Editor for the Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology, and had the opportunity to reconnect with the local Latina/o community, serving in different capacities (teaching English and Citizenship at her local Migrant Council, and  offering some art and spirituality retreat days at Angela's Piazza, the local women's drop-in center run by two Ursuline nuns that serves Native American women and others). !En hora buena, Rebecca!
 
University of Dayton recently awarded tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies to Dr. Neomi DeAnda (2009-2010 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar),  effective with the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year. Congratulations on this well-deserved achievement!
 

Dean Elaine Heath of Duke Divinity School announced the appointment of Dr. Edgardo Colón-Emeric (HTI Steering Committee Member) as the Faculty Director of the Center for Reconciliation (CFR), effective July 1, 2018. The CFR runs several student programs to develop students’ understanding of the theology and practice of reconciliation. These include workshops, trainings, pilgrimages, and conferences. Faculty also teach a number of courses related to reconciliation. As faculty director of the Center for Reconciliation (CFR), Colón-Emeric, who has played numerous leadership roles at the CFR, will provide intellectual and strategic leadership by guiding the overarching planning and program development of the Center.  HTI congratulates Dr. Colón-Emeric on this appointment.
 
Congratulations to Dr. Jacqueline Hidalgo (2007-2008 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar, HTI Steering Committee Member), Associate Professor of Latina/o Studies and Religion at Williams College, who received a Sabbatical Grant for Researchers from the Louisville Institute, that will allow her to work on her book  Latinx Theologies and Religious Pluralism;  this book is already under contract with the Fortress Press/Rowman & Littlefield series, “Disruptive Cartographers: Remapping Theologies Latinamente” -- ed. Dr. Carmen Nanko-Fernández (HTI Mentor, Selection Committee member, and Curriculum Review Committee member) and Dr. Gary Riebe-Estrella (HTI Mentor), a series that remaps key theological and religious studies vocabulary from the perspective of Latina/o Catholic scholarship and histories. This book will focus on religious pluralism that culminates from the practices arising out of Latina/o religious hybridity. The HTI community looks forward to its publication!

Dr. Cristina García Alfonso (2007-2008 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar), Staff Chaplain at Gwinnett Medical center in Duluth, GA, is the recipient of the 2017 Len Cedarleaf Award for best theology position paper with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. Congratulations, Dr. García Alfonso on this well deserved recognition!  
 


HTI Latina Alumni Catholic Scholar/Leaders
 





Three HTI scholars make the list in an article published by Dr. Hosffman Ospino in the Catholic News Service entitled Pioneer Hispanic Catholic Women of 2017.  In his article, Ospino highlights Dr. Maria Teresa Dávila (2004-2005 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar, HTI Mentor), Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Andover Newton Theological School; Dr. Jacqueline Hidalgo (2007-2008 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar, HTI Steering Committee Member); Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies and Religion at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts; and Dr. Neomi DeAnda (2009-2010 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar), Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Dayton. Other women that made Dr. Ospino’s list are Dr. Nancy Pineda-Madrid (HTI Mentor), Associate Professor of Theology and Latino/Latina Ministry at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry; Sister Teresa Maya, member of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious; Dr. Maria Pilar Aquino, Professor at the University of San Diego; and Dr. Elsie Miranda, Associate Professor of Theology at Barry University.
 
Ospino stated that the year 2017 brought attention in unique ways to these pioneer Hispanic Catholic women. They represent a major shift in the Catholic theological world and in Catholic leadership in the United States. This is a shift worth remembering in an increasingly Hispanic church. He adds that for the first time in the history of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians in the United States (ACHTUS), the third largest Catholic theological guild in North America, five women would serve as presidents consecutively. Hidalgo and DeAnda are incoming presidents. Your HTI is proud to be a part of these women’s success. Hosffman Ospino is Professor of Theology and Religious education at Boston College. He is a member of the leadership team for the Fifth National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry. The original article was published in The Monitor, the newspaper of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton, NJ.
 
Passing Comprehensive Exams
 
Congratulations to Michael Orellana (2017–2018 HTI Comprehensive Exams-Year Scholar), who entered the writing stage of the doctoral program as he recently passed his comprehensive exams at Andrews University. Happy writing!
 




HTI SCHOLARS EN ACCIÓN
 
 Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at University of the Incarnate Word
 
This past fall, various departments of Catholic and Hispanic Serving institutions of higher education in San Antonio, TX, partnered to organize a week-long series of events in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, and HTI Scholars, Dr. Horacio Vela (2011-2012 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar) and Dr. Victor Carmona (2010-2011 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar), were instrumental in the creation of this partnership. One of the main speakers was Dr. Neomi DeAnda (2009-2010 Dissertation-Year Scholar), Assistant Professor at the University of Dayton. DeAnda  presented the inaugural Escobedo Lecture in Spanish titled, “Inmigrantes y Justicia Social: Una respuesta teológica” at Oblate School of Theology and the English version, “Immigrants and Social Justice: a Theological Response” at the University of the Incarnate Word.  In her lecture, DeAnda illustrates how logics of supremacy--entailing creative systems of thought and action--are utilized to maintain the dominance of one group over others. Moreover, she expresses that such systems generate ecological abuse and enact violence on human beings that serve to maintain the interests of the dominant group. In response to such oppression, DeAnda enunciates Catholic Social Teaching and its advocacy for human dignity as a counter to the detention centers and for-profit prisons where undocumented migrants are being incarcerated. Additionally, DeAnda concluded her lecture by encouraging the audience to be in solidarity with migrants and communicating that the Academy of Catholic Hispanics and the Black Theological Symposium have been denouncing white supremacy and proclaiming radical goodness unto those considered “other.” After the lectures, Dr. DeAnda thanked the students for attending and staying for the Q&A session, she could not have expressed it better, “The future looks bright with [the students] inquisitive minds in it!”
 
Following the lectures, faculty, staff, and students from Our Lady of the Lake University, University of the Incarnate Word, Oblate School of Theology, and St. Mary’s University, had the opportunity to participate in a symposium to discuss DeAnda’s chapter (2015), “Jesus the Christ,” in Dr. Orlando Espin’s (HTI Mentor, HTI Selection Committee Member) Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Latino/a Theology. DeAnda also had the opportunity to teach two classes at the University of the Incarnate Word during the week. They included an English and Woman and Gender Studies class on Latina Feminist Theology as a Political Theology and in Dr. Horacio Vela’s Guadualupe course, spending time on Sor Juana’s, “Villancico for the Feast of the Assumption” and “Loa” to “The Divine Narcissus.” This is a great example of HTI Scholars working en conjunto!

Inspiration from a scholar provides hope for an entire community
 
Inspiration can come at any time during our life and for Dr. Teresa Delgado (2003-2004 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar, HTI Mentor, HTI Steering Committee Member, Selection Committee Member), Director of Peace and Justice Studies, Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics, and Chair of the Religious Studies Department at Iona College, it came while she was an undergraduate student at Colgate University.  It was during her Latin American Literature class, almost thirty years ago, where she was exposed to important literary pieces that began to fuel her passion and love for theological studies.  Last year, as she submitted to her publisher the manuscript for her recent book, A Puerto Rican Decolonial Theology: Prophesy Freedom (Palgrave Macmillian), Delgado remembered the impact her former professor, Lourdes Rojas-Paiewonsky, made, and decided to e-mail her to say “thank you”.  Dr. Rojas-Paiewonsky was so excited to reconnect with Delgado that she decided to invite her to Colgate to give a talk about her book. In A Puerto Rican Decolonial Theology: Prophesy Freedom, Delgado illustrates Puerto Rican identity through her own lens coupled with a theological perspective. She communicates that despite society minoritizing her people as colonial subjects, they are not the latter in the eyes of God.  In her final remarks, Delgado prefaced, “Our suffering is not our lot in life--it is but a moment to claim our resistance to suffering.” “In God’s eyes we are never a lost cause; there is always hope.”   Just as professor Rojas-Paiewonsky inspired Delgado thirty years ago by introducing her to works that were not part of her educational curriculum, Delgado hopes that her works will inspire the many students that have told her, ‘Profesora, you need to write this. We need this for our own work.”  Delgado hopes that her book inspires many more students to write, and that it provides hope to people all over the world that are feeling hopeless in the midst of great suffering.
 
HTI’s incoming scholar wins 2018 Rubem Alves Award for Theopoetics
 
Yohana Agra Junker (2018-2019 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar) a doctoral student in Art and Religion at the Graduate Theological Union, and visual artist, is the winner of the 2018 Rubem Alves Award for Theopoetics. Your HTI is ecstatic that Junker's enriching contributions to the intersection of imagination, faith, and art are being recognized. Her work has been presented in the American Midwest and in South America. This award is given in the honor of Rubem Alves, Brazillian theologian, author and teacher, whose life work centered creativity and spirituality to promote the dignity of all creation. Junker is the second recipient of the award since it was established in 2016.
 
Junker’s abstract work invites audiences to think about their journeys retrospectively in conjunction with artistic visuals. She communicates that art provides a space for unity, strategy, transformation and deepens our understanding of people and God. Additionally, Junker expresses that art evokes curiosity and heightens the capacity for concern. Her work is attentive to the proclamation of indigenous peoples, that land is sacred and also to the poignant elements that produce planetary change. Junker's work and beliefs reflect the mission of ARC, which promotes the coupling of art, spirituality, and activism.
 
Rising and Senior HTI Scholars present at World Christianity Conference
 
Rising HTI Scholar Grace Vargas (2017-2018 HTI Comprehensive Exams-Year Scholar) is grateful for funding from HTI member school Southern Methodist University's Office of Research and Graduate Studies to present at the "Currents, Perspectives, and Methodologies in World Christianity" conference held at HTI's member school Princeton Theological Seminary on January 18-20, 2018.  Grace jumped at the opportunity to share her early work on U.S. Protestant missions to Cuba at the turn of the 20th century. Her presentation focused on the historiographical gaps that she hoped to fill through her research in the Cuban archives this summer. Grace's research highlights the missing accounts of Cuban agents in this cross-cultural religious encounter. She especially enjoyed participating in a panel with a colleague from Nigeria who examined the development of mission work among indigenous parachurch organizations in Nigeria and the way it intersects with existing economic and sociopolitical dynamics.
 
The engagement of Christian history on a truly global scale was one of the most exciting aspects about the World Christianity conference for Vargas and Dr. Daniel Ramírez (2002-2003 HTI Dissertation Scholar, HTI Mentor) Associate Professor of American Religions at Claremont Graduate University. The scholarship presented at this conference fulfilled what a precursor to field, the late church historian Kenneth Scott Latourette, named a challenge to stop passing "clan history," i.e., European Christian history, as the global history of Christianity. The presentations represented the multiple historical centers of Christianity around the world.
 
Ramirez, also shared that he welcomed the opportunity to compare notes with scholars from the global South, especially Africa and Brazil, and especially (for him) concerning Pentecostal movements and proto-Pentecostal precursors. Most historical treatments of early Pentecostalism remain tethered to a U.S.-centric approach to the question of origins and transmission. Ramirez shared that from its very beginnings; however, modern Pentecostalism displayed many of the features that problematize a unilinear approach: interstitial location between cultures and between nation-states; polyphonic voice; robust expressive culture; fluid confessional identity; hybrid practice; ethnic revindication and autonomy; and, importantly, migratory movement-forced, voluntary, and circular.  His paper, "Early Americano Pentecostalisms in Hemispheric Context: History and Historiography," charted the migratory, cultural, and politically prophetic features of early Pentecostalismos, beginning with the labor migration of Juan Lugo, "el Apóstol de Pentecostés a Puerto Rico," and including the circuits of labor migration between Mexico and the United States and Italy, the United States, Australia, and the Southern Cone (circuits that carried the new revivalism to migrant proletarian and peasant niches previously untouched by mainline Protestant missions). In his opinion, this conference provided a forum for the continued de-centering of Christian history, a forum that HTI scholars should consider participating in future iterations, especially since the field has developed primarily out of scholarship on European missions to Africa, Asia and Australasia, and Latin America remaining as an underrepresented region.

HTI Scholar invited by the Pope to address the disabled
 
When Pope Francis asked the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization to address the church’s failures with regard to the disabled, the name of Dr. Miguel Romero (2011-2012 HTI Dissertation Scholar), Assistant Professor of Religious and Theological Studies at Salve Regina University, was included on a list of about a dozen from around the world invited to present on October 17’s major international conference on “Catechesis and Disability” at the Vatican. Romero has become one of the most respected modern-day scholars concerning the church and its relationship with the disabled. He is especially concerned with the administration of sacraments being denied to people within the disabled community.  Romero had the opportunity to present to the pope two of his scholarly writings, “The Happiness of Those Who Lack the Use of Reason,” published in the January 2016 issue of The Thomist; and “The Goodness and Beauty of Our Fragile Flesh: Moral Theologians and Our Engagement with Disability,” published in a 2017 special issue in the Journal of Moral Theology. Dr. Romero serves on the board of directors for the National Catholic Partnership on Disability.

Much of the inspiration behind the faith and scholarship of Romero, is drawn out of reverence for his older brother, Vicente, who has a profound cognitive impairment. On his own words, “Part of what my journey has been as a Christian and also a theologian is not to argue for [Vicente’s] place, but rather to help understand that those who are oppressed, who are weakest and most vulnerable, have a place of privilege and honor within Christianity. And if they don’t, then we are confused about what it means to be a Christian.”

HTI networking funds allow an HTI Scholar to attend the Brown-Yale-Princeton Ethics Colloquium
 
To enhance their relationships, colleagues, and networks HTI  Scholars receive networking funds to attend guild conferences, Stephanie Mota Thurston (2017-2018 HTI Comprehensive Exams-Year Scholar) a doctoral student at Princeton Theological Seminary, decided to use her funds to attend the BYP₂ Ethics Colloquium at Yale Divinity School. This colloquium is a collaboration between faculty in Religion, Ethics, and Theology at Brown University, Princeton University, Yale Divinity School, and Princeton Theological Seminary. At this year's colloquium, three PhD candidates from three of the four schools presented papers, followed by Q & A sessions to help students receive feedback from current and future colleagues in the guild. Stephanie shared how enriching it was to hear Dr. Jeffrey Stout, Professor of Religion at Princeton University, who delivered the Gifford Lectures earlier in the year, and to hear the responses given by Dr. Keri Day, Associate Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religion at Princeton Theological Seminary, and Dr. Jennifer Herdt, Gilbert L. Stark Professor of Christian Ethics, Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Yale Divinity School.  The event included a dinner reception that allowed doctoral students to mingle with Ethics professors and have enriching exchanges, in regards to research and relationship-building.
 
HTI Scholar builds up the Spanish Preaching Resources at WorkingPreacher
 
During his doctoral studies at member school Luther Seminary, Rev. Andres Albertsen (2017-2018 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar), PhD candidate in Systematic Theology, has been the editor of the Spanish-language content on the site since 2012 and helped add a weekly commentary in Spanish on the Gospel/Evangelio text.  The site WorkingPreacher  is visited regularly by hundreds of thousands of preachers from different countries.  Albertsen considers this experience as a ministry because through his skill sets he is able to expand the Spanish readership of the site.  He enjoys working with the editor because Albertson is trusted and has freedom to choose the authors, negotiate the commentaries that they will write, edit their writing, and post the final product on the site. During his tenure he has worked with HTI alumni that contribute to the site, and as an HTI Scholar, he has had the opportunity, while attending the Summer Workshop, Writer’s Weeks, and other HTI events, to recruit several HTI Scholars to write for WorkingPreacher.  Some of the recent contributors are, Francisco Peláez-Díaz (2017-2018 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar) and Lydia Hernández-Marcial (2017-2018 HTI Comprehensive Exams Scholar).  Tito Madrazo (2017-2018 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar), past director of the Hispanic-Latino Preaching Initiative at member school Duke Divinity School, has been a steady contributor. This is another example of how the HTI en conjunto model is exercised by HTI scholars.
 

HTI MEMBER SCHOOLS EN ACCIÓN
 
Brite Divinity receives $250 Henry Luce grant to expand the workings of the Borderlands Institute

The Borderlands Institute, at member school Brite Divinity School seeks to transform scholarship, issues of justice, and practice by bring scholars, religious and community leaders to critically reflect on borderland topics, such as immigration, the environment, and human trafficking.  Recently appointed Director, Dr. Francisco Lozada, Jr. (1999-2000 HTI Post-doctoral Scholar and HTI Mentor), Charles Fischer Catholic Associate Professor of New Testament and Latino/a Church Studies shared that the Borderland Institute in November received a $250,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to enable students to travel to the U.S./Mexico border to learn about border related issues. Additionally, the grant provides support for theological leadership development for church leaders serving in the U.S./Mexico border during the summer.  He hopes that these programs will have a positive impact in the leadership role of current and future leaders. 
 
Duke University Divinity School’s Hispanic-Latino/a Preaching Initiative
 
The Hispanic-Latino/a (H/L) Preaching Initiative  was developed by Duke Divinity School’s Hispanic House of Studies. This program, coordinated by Tito Madrazo (2017-2018 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar), doctoral candidate at Duke, is accepting applications from Latina/o pastors interested in receiving homiletical training in a peer group format. Each year, ten applicants currently serving as pastors in Latina/o communities will be chosen to participate as preaching fellows. The peer group begins with a retreat and then meets monthly for 15 months (starting in June and ending in August of the following year). During these peer group meetings, the pastors engage with homiletical, theological, and exegetical resources led by the program coordinator and other invited teachers. Deadline for application is May 13, and additional information and application form can be accessed here.
 
Princeton Theological Seminary takes action after Maria  
 
Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on the island of Puerto Rico, causing a level of widespread destruction and disorganization paralleled by few storms in American history. After the storm abated, the entire island was left without electricity and clean running water, and six months later more than 50% of the island’s residents still lack access to electricity and clean water.  This type of devastation has left so many hopeless and paralyzed because the support from the federal government has been minimal.  What does anyone do under such devastating circumstances? From Princeton Theological Seminary’s perspective you begin at a point of immediate connection.  Princeton Seminary took action, by President Barnes sending a team lead by Rev. Dr. Victor Aloyo, Associate Dean for Institutional Diversity and Community Engagement, Germán Martínez, Director of Facilities and Construction, and Catherine Cook Davis, Associate Dean of Student Life and Director of Senior Placement, to Puerto Rico to assess the needs at the Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico and examine other opportunities of service with key denominational leaders.  Following their assessment President Barnes, consented the use of the proceeds of the annual book drive to be used to support a team of skilled Princeton Seminary’s workers led by Aloyo and Martínez, to help renovate and restore some of the buildings at the Seminary from January 27-February 3, 2018.  Aloyo shared, “It was an honor to co-lead with Germán Martínez, a Mission Service Team of amazing skilled workers to Puerto Rico. The skilled workers consisted of Oscar Soto, Franco DiDonato, Darryl Rawls, Peter Allain, Luis Orellana, John McAloon, and Patrick Schretlen.”  Aloyo adds, “together with resilient and dedicated friends and colleagues at the Seminario Evangelico de Puerto Rico we were able to accomplish the restoration of all lecture halls, the parking garage ceiling, the restoration of the chapel, and the front foyer of the administration building.”  Reciprocally, Aloyo and the team felt their colleagues at the Seminario fed them by their demonstrative faith in God and unwavering determination to rise and claim their voice. Aloyo commented that “we were a group of individuals representing a variety of cultures and languages coming together and in celebration acknowledging that with love and the willingness to share resources and skills, there is much more to this life that can unite than separate us.” While there, Aloyo and Martínez also helped the Rev. Dr. Doris Garcia, president of the Seminario Evangélico to re-envision and begin transforming the chapel, refurbish the wooden benches, and patch and repair the flat roof over the administrative and academic wing of their facilities. The goal was to prepare the Seminary for the first day of classes that began on Monday, February 5, 2018, and together they achieved these goals. On Monday, February 5th, returning and newly enrolled students were able to begin classes and resume their academic studies.  Beyond the structural repairs, Garcia shared, “the support we received from PTS also revived and quenched our parched spirits, so that we can continue to forge ahead in the midst of continued hardships, Princeton Seminary has been a beacon of light in the midst of darkness.”   















2018 Cátedra Paulo Freire at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

 
The intersections between race, class, gender, sexuality, and nationality have had a significant impact on human rights conflicts around the world. Understanding the dynamics of these intersections has a direct implication on how we confront and resist the forces that dehumanize people in contemporary societies. Identifying the ideological mechanisms that shape and maintain social order in its historical, economic, and political dimensions is imperative and must be challenged if we are to seek constructive change in our society. The Hispanic-Latinx Center at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, is sponsoring the 2018 Cátedra Paulo Freire, which will explore how we—anchored in ethical and theological principles of equality, democracy, fairness, and justice—must individually and collectively resist. The theme of the Cátedra, "Resistencia: Contesting Racist Legacies," is an invitation to engage in a dialogue and together construct more emancipatory and just relations.  This event will take place March 14-15, 2018. More information can be found here. Within the context of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, the Cátedra Paulo Freire aspires to promote educational events, encourage research activities, and contribute to the enrichment of dialogue among students, faculty, religious leaders, and community members as we imagine collectively what it means to be responsible Christians in today’s contexts, while expanding and deepening our participation in today’s society as public theologians. Moreover, the Cátedra seeks to be a resource for Latina/o communities encouraging their engagement and interaction with their realities and contexts as Latina/o population in United States, and at the same time enhancing their relationships with the Garrett-Evangelical community.
 
New Doctoral Program launched at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
 
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary recently launched a new doctor of ministry track in preaching as leadership in Hispanic/Latina/o congregations with the first cohort set to start coursework in June 2018.  This new track is targeted to pastors who are bilingual in Spanish and English and who serve in predominantly Spanish-speaking ministry setting.  The curriculum is geared toward helping these pastors develop their capacity to lead more fully through equipping them with basic management skills and through better communication, especially when preaching or engaging in other forms of public speaking. Courses taught at Garrett-Evangelical will be taught bilingually, with a focus on being taught in Spanish, to make it possible for students to gain communication skills in the language they use in their ministries. Thanks to the Lilly Endowment Inc. Leading Vibrant Congregations grant students in the track’s first cohort will receive 50% tuition scholarships.
 
Applications are due by April 1, 2018, to be considered for the June term.  You can learn more and apply here.
 

“EN CONJUNTO” PARTNERS EN ACCIÓN
 
HTI invited to Imagine a more Equal Pulpit
 
HTI is intentional about living out en conjunto theology, so when Young Lee Hertig, executive director of Innovative Space for Asian American Christianity (ISAAC) invited HTI Executive Director, Joanne Rodríguez, to participate in the First Gender Summit Retreat on January 14-15, 2018 to “Imagine a More Equal Pulpit,” she responded with an affirmative, “Presente.” Rodríguez was excited to be invited to this important conversation, centering the inequalities and challenges women experience in the pulpit. Rodríguez was impressed by Young’s gathering of the ecumenical and evangelical group of Asian American and Latina/o faith leaders to speak about these inequalities and to exchange with each other, in hopes of creating systemic change to achieve greater gender parity.  At the end of the summit Joyce del Rosario (PhD candidate at Fuller Theological Seminary) felt heard and stated, “I appreciated having the space to talk about the intersections of race and gender in the pulpit among Latina and Asian American leaders. It is a rare, but much needed space for consideration, prayer, and vision. Race often reverts to a black/white binary discussion, but here I felt like my location as a Filipina American was seen.”   These are some of the action plans identified at the event:

  1. Organize Action Team,
  2. Upload a list of Asian North American (ANA) and Latina itinerant preachers on ISAAC website: collective sermon resources that include pictures, biographies, preaching, and contact info, as an easily accessible way for people to find women preachers, and
  3. Identify a group of churches willing to invite women preachers on Sunday’s, and place them in the preaching calendar rotation (with equal pay). 
Jennifer Guerra, Pastor at La Fuente Ministries and Coordinator of Multicultural Initiatives at Fuller Youth Institute, shared: “Mujeres, sisters, male pastors and leaders, and pastoras, all sitting in one room. What a sight! Especially during the weekend [when the nation commemorates [Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.], a preacher who reminded us that pulpits were meant to change the world. The gender summit, was a reminder of the abundance found in women and men working alongside to fill pulpits with women who can proclaim the liberating good news of Jesus.” This event was funded by the Louisville Institute.
 

HTI building networks in the Public Square
 
We are so grateful for partners like Chris Coble, the vice president for religion at the Lilly Endowment, Inc., who recently e-mailed executive director Joanne Rodriguez to introduce HTI to Kalpana Jain, the senior editor for ethics and religion at The Conversation US.  The Lilly Endowment, Inc. provided a grant to The Conversation for coverage of ethics and religion as well as philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.  Coble shared that in the face of our current political movement, it is critical for religion and theological scholars to contribute to the national conversation because they have much to share about ethical, moral, and religious dimensions of contemporary events and emerging debates, and that HTI has developed an outstanding network of Latina/o scholars who can contribute and reach broader public audiences.
 
The Conversation is an independent source for informed commentary and analysis, written by the academic and research community and edited by journalists for the general public.  Since launching in the U.S. in 2014, they have built a substantial audience on their site and through republication, which accounts for more than 90% of readership, they have recorded more than 200 million readers. In January 2018, articles from The Conversation US were read more than 9 million times. Globally, combining the audience of United States, United Kingdom, France, Canada, Africa, Indonesia and Australia, The Conversation reached 34 million.
 
The Conversation has introduced new protocols and controls to help rebuild trust in journalism, including an Editorial Charter that protects independence and author disclosure of funding and potential conflicts. The Conversation believes in the open access and free flow of information and publish under Creative Commons license, allowing free republication of our articles.  All articles are authored by scholars who write on their area of expertise. They work with professional editors to ensure that their knowledge is conveyed in language accessible to the widest possible audience.
 
The Conversation works with over 44 member universities and colleges (two of which are HTI member schools: Boston University and Vanderbilt University) and mirrors universities in the topics and disciplines it covers--including social sciences and the humanities, science and technology, health, education and the environment. They offer expert commentary on the big issues of the day, as well as the latest research news and breakthroughs.  
 
Like Coble, the president of the University of Michigan, Mark Schlissel, states, “It’s actually a responsibility or even an obligation of universities to engage in public discourse and to share the expertise that we accumulate, the knowledge we discover, and the understanding we achieve with the public.”
 

HTI Chairs elected to In Trust Board
 
 In Trust Center for Theological Schools recently elected three new members of the Center’s board of directors. Two out of the three are HTI chairs! We applaud In Trust for their great decision, and congratulate Dr. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan (HTI former HTI Chair), and Dr. Luis R. Rivera (current HTI Chair) on the confidence of In Trust in them. The In Trust Center is a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening leadership, governance, and institutional capacity in North American theological schools. 


ATS celebrates 20 years of Women in Leadership
 
On February 28th the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) gathered more than 120 women leaders in theological and religious education in Pittsburgh, PA to celebrate more than 19 years of programming as well as women who have been the pioneers in top leadership positions at ATS member schools for the past 40 years.   Eliza Smith Brown, Director of Communications at ATS, in her article titled, “Celebrating ATS women in leadership” praises pioneers and mentors, “these trailblazers were among the first women to be appointed chief executive or chief academic officers at their schools, paving the way and serving as role models for other women in theological education.”  Among the first ten pioneers listed is Dr. Daisy Machado (HTI former director) as the first Latina American woman CAO of Lexington Theological Seminary from 2005-2009.  Machado was also the first Latina dean at Union Theological Seminary from 2012 to 2015.  Attending the conference was Dr. Loida Martell (1999-2000 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar, HTI Mentor) who was recently appointed as the CAO of Lexington Theological Seminary. In 2005, as a doctoral candidate at Fordham University, Martell attended a Women in Color conference that proved to be a life-giving space and experience for her. She admitted that attending the ATS conference this year was like coming full-circle now that she is a dean.  As celebratory as this event was, a report written by Deborah H. C. Gin, director of faculty development, and Chris Meiner, senior director of administration, titled, “Women in ATS schools: 8 data points for conversation,” indicated that the growth of women in leadership roles for all women groups has slowed in the past 20 years, and that at the presidency and deanship levels it remains below 25% even when ATS school membership has increased from 211 schools in 1991 to 273 schools in 2016.  These are sobering numbers, and fortunately ATS is paying attention. ATS hopes to continue to share the important data that came from the surveys they collected and the insights and recommendations made at the conference to create impactful programming to support women in leadership roles that will also increase the representation of women leaders in theological and religious education.
 

NEW PUBLICATIONS
 
Women Religion Revolution
By: Dr. Xochitl Alvizo (2014-2015 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar) and Dr. Gina Messina

Paperback: 162 pages
Publisher: Feminist Studies in Religion Books (September 29, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1457546396 
 
In a world where women’s issues are political issues, feminism and religion are often scripted as opposing sides. But, drawing on the messages of love and social justice from within their religious traditions, women are leading feminist movements that promote positive social change at both the micro and macro levels. Religion is fueling women’s efforts to revolutionize the world! Women Religion Revolution is a provocative collection of essays written by women who understand that being passive is not an option. Each story resonates with passion drawn from the well of faith, along with a drive to forge a connection with other women. The experiences that can shape a woman’s soul are often negative and isolating—sexual assault, domestic violence, eating disorders, addictions—but in seeking healing, and revolutionary change, women often find that the path leads toward other women, toward a connectedness that strengthens us all.
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The Story of Latino Protestants in the United States Paperback – January 30, 2018
By: Dr. Juan Francisco Martinez (HTI Mentor)

Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Eerdmans (January 30, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0802873189
 
This groundbreaking book by Juan Francisco Martínez provides a broad historical overview of Latino Protestantism in the United States from the early nineteenth century to the present. Beginning with a description of the diverse Latino Protestant community and a summary of his own historiographical approach, Martínez then examines six major periods in the history of American Latino Protestantism, paying special attention to key social, political, and religious issues—including immigration policies, migration patterns, enculturation and assimilation, and others—that framed its development and diversification during each period. He concludes by outlining the challenges currently facing Latino Protestants in the United States and considering what Latino Protestantism might look like in the future. Offering vital insights into key leaders, eras, and trends in Latino Protestantism, Martínez's work will prove an invaluable resource for all who are seeking to understand this rapidly growing US demographic.
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Dogmatics after Babel
By: Dr. Rubén Rosario Rodríguez (2003-2004 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar)

Paperback: 275 pages
Publisher: Presbyterian Publishing (March 16, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0664261655
 
Rubén Rosario Rodríguez addresses the long-standing division between Christian theologies that take revelation as their starting point and focus and those that take human culture as theirs. After introducing these two theological streams that originate with Karl Barth and Paul Tillich respectively, Rosario asserts that they both seek to respond to the Enlightenments critique and rejection of Christianity. In so doing, they have both bought into Enlightenment understandings of human reality and the transcendent. Rosario argues that in order to get beyond the impasse between theologies of the Word and culture, we need a different starting point. He discovers that starting point in two sources: first, through the work of liberation and contextual theologians on the role of the Holy Spirit, and second, through a comparative analysis of the teachings on the hiddenness of God from the three ""Abrahamic"" religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). Rosario offers a strong argument for why this third theological starting point represents not just a marginal or niche position but a genuine alternative to the two traditional theological streams. His work will shift readers understanding of the options in theological discourse beyond the false alternatives of theologies of the Word and culture.
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Our Lady of Everyday Life: La Virgen de Guadalupe and the Catholic Imagination of Mexican Women in America
By: Dr. María del Socorro Castañeda-Liles (2003-2004 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar)
 
Paperback: 296 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press (April 2, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0190280409
 
For Mexican Catholic women in the United States, devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe-La Virgen-is a necessary aspect of their cultural identity. In this masterful ethnography, María Del Socorro Castañeda-Liles considers three generations of Mexican-origin women between the ages of 18 and 82. She examines the Catholic beliefs the women inherited from their mothers and how these beliefs become the template from which they first learn to see themselves as people of faith. She also offers a comprehensive analysis of how Catholicism creates a culture in which Mexican-origin women learn how to be "good girls" in a manner that reduces their agency to rubble.
 
Through the nexus of faith and lived experience, these women develop a type of Mexican Catholic imagination that helps them challenge the sanctification of shame, guilt, and aguante (endurance at all cost). This imagination allows these women to transgress strict notions of what a good Catholic woman should be while retaining life-giving aspects of Catholicism. This transgression is most visible in their relationship to La Virgen, which is a fluid and deeply engaged process of self-awareness in everyday life.
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UPCOMING EVENTS
 
Member School Honors the Memory of Monsignor Arnulfo Romero.
 
University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies will hold a conference titled  Romero Days 2018 - Memorializing Martyrdom: Romero’s Beatification and Our Tasks Today. This event will take place on March 23-24, 2018 at the University of Notre Dame in Hesburgh Center, C103. Dr. Peter Casarella (HTI Mentor) will be giving opening remarks and Dr. Ruben Rosario Rodríguez (2003-2004 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar, HTI Mentor), Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at St. Louis University will present on Romero’s Legacy for Antiracism Struggle in the United States. Please click  here for more information.
 
Drew University Theological School Seventeenth Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium
 
This year’s Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium will be a graduate student conference, and the theme is Trans: Human/Divine Bodies beyond Boundaries. The conference convenes scholars engaged in various fields of transgender, gender, and sexuality studies. Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza (2012-2013 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar) Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethics at Vanderbilt Divinity School and Public Theologian in Residence at Faith Matters Network, will be giving the keynote lecture. This event will take place on March 23-24, 2018. More information is available here.
 
Revolutionary Love: Complete the Dream
 
As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Middle Project will hold the Revolutionary Love Conference in New York City on April 6-8, 2018, at Middle Collegiate Church. This conference will feature a dynamic group of speakers including Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza (2012-2013 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar) Assistant Professor of Ethics at Vanderbilt Divinity School and Public Theologian in Residence at Faith Matters Network, and Dr. Miguel De La Torre (2000-2001 HTI Post-doctoral Scholar) Associate Professor of Social Ethics at Iliff School of Theology.  To register and for more information please visit: here.
 
The Middle Project unites progressive leaders who are ready for a revolutionary and prophetic way of using power and resources to act locally and think globally to heal the human family. The Middle Project takes its strength and approach from the progressive faith traditions that have played a major role in America’s greatest democratic achievements: the abolition of slavery, civil rights, universal suffrage, and the anti-war movement.

Identity, Suffering and Hope in Puerto Rico and Beyond: Latinx Communities Claiming Freedom
 
The Latinx Caucus and the Alumni/ae Relations Office of Union Theological Seminary are sponsoring this event where voices from the academy and church convene to reflect on identity, suffering and hope, and deliver a prophetic response for Latinx communities, unjustly the recipients of disparaging conditions. Dr. Teresa Delgado’s recent book, A Puerto Rican Decolonial Theology: Prophesy Freedom, and devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria will drive the conversation and offer opportunities to speak on behalf of the Puerto Rican people, and Latinx communities more broadly, to claim freedom as our own. Dr. Teresa Delgado (2003-2004 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar, HTI Mentor, HTI Steering Committee Member, Selection Committee Member) Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics,  Chair of the Religious Studies Department, and Director of Peace and Justice Studies Program at Iona College; The Rev. Canon Dr. Altagracia Perez-Bullard (2014-2015 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar) Canon for Congregational Vitality at The Episcopal Diocese of New York; and Jorge Juan Rodriguez V (2017-2018 HTI Doctoral Scholar) PhD Candidate at Union Theological Seminary will be presenting. Reflections by the speakers will alternate with roundtable discussions in order to allow for relationship building and the sharing of stories among participants.
 
The event will take place on April 4, 2018. For more information and to rsvp please check here.
 
Puerto Rico: Let Them Starve: Colonization, Past and Present hosted by Princeton Theological Seminary Office of Multicultural Relations
 
In the aftermath of hurricane devastation to Puerto Rico, a lesser propagated U.S. legislation called The Jones Act gained increasing attention due to the limitations it has place on aid coming into Puerto Rico, post-Hurricane Maria and Irma. The act, which passed in 1920, limits trade to Puerto Rico, a U.S. island, to ships owned by citizens or corporations of the United States and manned by predominantly U.S. crews. With many Puerto Ricans suffering and even dying as a result of this legislative negligence, the act has been criticized intensively for how it perpetuates the coloniality with which Puerto Rico has been treated by the United States of America. On Friday, April 13th from 12 noon - 9:00 pm, scholars and practitioners will convene at the Herencia Lectures to reflect and discuss the effects of neo-colonialism and how we can RISE with PUERTO RICO! This event is a collaborative effort of your Hispanic Theological Initiative, and Princeton Theological Seminary’s Office of Multicultural Relations, the Latin@ Collegium, and the Center for Continuing Education. The Herencia Lectures is a proactive platform in raising the consciousness pertaining to issues engaged by the Latina/o Community.  Speakers at this event include:
 
Dr. Edwin Meléndez, Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College,
Dr. Doris Garcia, President of the Evangelical Theological Seminary of Puerto Rico,
Dr. Luis Rivera-Pagán (HTI Mentor), the Henry Winters Luce Professor of Ecumenics and Mission Emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary,
Dr. Teresa Delgado (2003-2004 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar, HTI Mentor, HTI Steering Committee Member, Selection Committee Member), Director of Peace and Justice Studies, Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics, and Chair of the Religious Studies Department at Iona College.
 
Delgado will be delivering the keynote address. Her recent publication, A Puerto Rican Decolonial Theology: Prophesy Freedom, will center the discussion. It illuminates the prophetic voices emerging out of Puerto Rican literature and Puerto Rican theology, calling out for liberation for suffering people, on the island and in the Puerto Rican Diaspora.
 
AETH Biennial Assembly
 
The AETH Biennial Assembly program will be taking place from April 12-14, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. The purpose of the Biennial Assembly is to reflect on the Kingdom of God, in light of the revelatory message of Jesus. Special attention will be given to the role of the Hispanic/Latino church and its service to the world through a holistic theological education. This gathering functions to emphasize theological education and faith-based social action through the church and its leadership, while also engaging the role of Bible institutes as they relate with the rest of the ecology of theological education. Follow this link for more information and to register.
 
A World Uprooted: Responding to Migrants, Refugees and Displaced People
Compassion Peace and Justice Training Day and Ecumenical Advocacy Days
 
On April 20-23, 2018, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Presbyterian Mission will hold the Advocacy Training Weekend, “A World Uprooted: Responding to Migrants, Refugees and Displaced People”, in Washington, D.C.  The Compassion Peace and Justice Training Day at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, to take place on April 20, will look at how the  church and its partners are confronting white supremacy and nativism while supporting refugee and migrant populations in the United States and abroad. Dr. Matilde Moros (2011-2012 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar), Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), will be the keynote speaker. In plenaries and workshops participants will analyze the current context and offer concrete tools for members and their congregations to address these urgent issues. After Compassion Peace and Justice Training Day, the ecumenical community will gather for Ecumenical Advocacy Days, April 20-23.  Almost one thousand Christian advocates will participate in a weekend of workshops, lectures and concrete actions addressing the ills of the nation.   The weekend culminates in “Lobby Day” on Monday, April 23, when the group raise their voices in the halls of power for a more just, all-inclusive and equal society. For more information on the Advocacy Training Weekend, click here.
 
A Communion of Creation: Latinxs, Environmental Racism, and the Struggle for Ecological Justice
2018 ACHTUS Colloquium
 
The Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS) invites you to their 2018 colloquium in Indianapolis, IN from June 3-6, 2018. Particularly after 2017, a year in which we witnessed additional calamities related to climate change, a Latinx discussion of environmental crises, especially as they emerge in tandem with racial and socio-economic injustices, could not be more pressing.  Rooted in the event Midwestern location this year and critically engaging Catholic traditions (including Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Sí) as well as the wisdom of grassroots communities struggling for justice, participants will work together to understand, articulate, and practice theological visions for just ecologies. Visit here for more information
 
Hispanic Summer Program 2018
 
The 2018 Hispanic Summer Program (HSP) will take place from June 16 to June 30, 2018 at Perkins School of Theology, SMU in Dallas, TX. HSP offers seven choices of three-credit, accredited courses geared toward master-degree level Latina/o seminarians and graduate students.
 
This year's courses are:

Ethics
“The Nature of Citizenship: Ethical and Religious Considerations”
Dr. Santiago Piñón, Jr. (2009-2010 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar) Texas Christian University
 
This course considers the enduring question: What is a Good Citizen? In light of globalization, immigration, and the current political climate in this country and around the world, this political turmoil is representative of two notions of what it means to be a good citizen. On the one hand, being a good citizen may be understood in terms of being patriotic, or having love for country. On the other hand, one can understand citizenship from a political liberalism perspective, which entails a critical attitude toward all authority and may view liberty and citizenship as rights and duties that should be extended to all. By considering religious, political, and fictional texts, the class will evaluate and analyze various responses to this enduring question on the nature of citizenship.
 
 History
“History and Spirituality of the First Sanctuary Movement (ca. 1980-1990)”
Dr. Rady Roldán-Figueroa (2002-2003 HTI Comprehensive Exams-Year Scholar), Boston University
 
The course will introduce students to the history of the first Sanctuary Movement. Organized in three parts, the course will first set the stage with a survey exploration of the Ronald Regan wars in Central America, with special emphasis on the Salvadoran Civil War (1979-1992). Then, students will examine the historical development of the Sanctuary Movement in the U.S. as an ecumenical and inter-faith response to the refugee crisis. Last, the course will examine the spiritual practices of the movement and will consider possible appropriations for the present historical context.
 
Old Testament
“(Im)migration, Culture, and Gender in the Old Testament: A Re-view from a Latinx Perspective”
Dr. Ahida Calderón Pilarski (HTI Steering Committee Member, HTI Mentor), St. Anselm College
 
This course offers an overview of key passages in the Old Testament (including the legal codes in the Pentateuch) that highlight the complexities ingrained in the understanding of (im)migration in the Bible. Through the lenses of the Latino/a perspective, the analysis of the selected material will be focused on the power dynamics of culture, ethnicity, and gender (“behind” and “in-front” of the text) and the theological ramifications emerging from this approach. Our study of this topic in the Bible will be done in conjunction with the reading of Juan González’s Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America.
 
Pastoral Care
“The Path of Descent: Transforming Our Pain through Love”
Dr. Mayra Picos-Lee, Palmer Seminary
 
One of the critical qualities of transformational leaders is their ability and commitment to work toward the healing of their own wounds and pain as well as those of their communities. This is especially important in a climate of violence and polarization. Transformational leaders help people grow into the kind of love that is grounded in God’s peace and justice (1 Cor. 13:4-7). Throughout the course students will explore the impact of social systems (i.e. family, church community, culture, etc.) in the development of the roles, expectations, and histories that have shaped their identities. They will particularly examine issues that have contributed to their sense of marginalization and pain. By the end of the course and through the use of psychological and spiritual resources, students will be able to establish specific commitments to support their own personal and leadership growth in their current social context.
 
Preaching and Worship Colloquy (limited to 5 students)
“Latinx Worship/Preaching and Global Art”
Dr. Cláudio Carvalhaes, Union Theological Seminary, New York City
 
In this course, we will explore notions of aesthetics and the understandings and uses of art in our world today. We will examine works of art that deal with colonial critique, cultural contestation, social resistance and sexual complexities in the works of a myriad of artists such as Favianna Rodríguez, Guillermo Gómez-Pena, Kerry James Marshall, Banksy, Giuseppe Campuzano, Doris Salcedo, Raven Chacón, Kade L. Twist, Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar and others. As we examine these artists, we will see how they can relate to Latinx ways of doing worship, preaching, and life and together create understandings of art, worship and preaching within our Christian faith. Please note that the students and the instructor of ​​this class will be responsible for the chapel services of HSP.
 
Contextual Theology
“Latino Religious Expressions”
Dr. Cristian De La Rosa (2011-2012 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar), Boston University
 
What role does religion play in Hispanic culture?  What are the many ways that such beliefs are manifested? How do the fields of history, anthropology, sociology, literature and art all contribute to a better understanding of how Latinas and Latinos experience the Sacred? This course provides an opportunity for students to explore such areas as popular religion, the historical roots of religious expressions, how religion appears in contemporary movies, art and music, and also to learn about various perspectives. Although the focus is primarily Mexican and Mexican American, an attempt will be made to include examples from other Latino cultures. Aside from lectures and readings, the class features films, slides, and class discussions. Knowledge of Spanish is helpful but not a requirement.
 
Theology
“Religion, Social Conflict, and Peacebuilding”
Dr. María Pilar Aquino, San Diego University
 
The role of religion in social conflict and peacebuilding will be explored from the Christian perspective, including the intervention of religious actors in both human atrocity and conflict transformation, and constructive approaches of interreligious dialogue and feminist theology for violence prevention, positive peace, and global solidarity.
 
For more information visit the event’s webpage.

2018 Through Hispanic Eyes Workshop
Hispanic Summer Program (HSP)  will offer its 14th annual Through Hispanic Eyes workshop for non-Latina/o faculty and staff in sponsoring schools, from June 24 to June 27, 2018 at Perkins School of Theology, SMU in Dallas, TX.  This workshop is open to 10 participants and application can be found here.
 

RESOURCES
 
Exegetical-Homiletic Studies (EEH) at Luther Seminary
 
In April 2000, the ISEDET University Institute launched a new project: the Exegetical-Homiletic Studies (EEH),  based on the Triennial Ecumenical Lectionary used by the Catholic Church as well as by numerous Evangelical Churches throughout the continent from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. The group of teachers that started this project felt the call to extend and share biblical-theological knowledge and hermeneutical reflection with thousands and thousands of brothers and sisters from all over the Spanish-speaking world. They, along with advanced students of Bachelor, Master and Doctorate and later also teachers from other institutions, wrote those contributions for fifteen long years, month after month, so that pastors, laity, leaders of biblical studies, catechists, teachers and teachers of small seminars spread throughout the Americas had the EEH on time. So it was that the EEH came to provide a service for so many who every Sunday were preparing to preach a message of liberation and good news. Thanks to Luther Seminary, this cluster of study and consultation material is now available to an even larger audience through Digital Commons@Luther Seminary.
 
Dissertation in a Nutshell:  From Topic to Defense
 
Dr. Lauren Frances Guerra (2015-2016 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar) Lecturer at University of California, Los Angeles in the Cesar Chavez Dept. of Chicana/o Studies, recently shared a clever entry she wrote for the Forum for Theological Exploration blog. On her contribution, Dissertation in a Nutshell:  From Topic to Defense, she provides invaluable tips for those going through the dissertation writing process.  She compares the process to running a marathon and lays out three key points to consider:  let your heart induce your most desirable research question, writing your dissertation is like getting your driver’s license and will lead you where you need to go, and the defense can be fun, especially if colleagues, family and friends are there to celebrate you!   For those of you at post-comprehensive examination stage, this is a must read.
 
Building Congregational Capacity for Hispanic Ministry
 
Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest (a program of Wartburg Theological Seminary and Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago) is offering a level II intensive course scheduled for June 10-15, 2018.  This course is designed for congregational leaders who are considering beginning a Hispanic Ministry in their community.  Teams from congregations are encouraged to attend.  The course will cover how:
 
To increase capacity for doing Hispanic ministry
To learn several models for engaging in Hispanic ministry in congregational settings
To improve facility in Spanish language, especially liturgical Spanish
To build a cohort of colleagues preparing for Hispanic ministry within their community
To avoid cultural violence in mission development.
 
Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest is directed by  Rev. Dr. Javier Alanis (2001-2002 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar). If you wish more information on this course, please visit here .
 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
 
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Church Divinity School of the Pacific - Dean of Chapel/ Professor of Homiletics
 
The Church Divinity School of the Pacific, a seminary of the Episcopal Church, is seeking a faculty member who will serve as dean of chapel and teach homiletics, beginning July 1, 2018. We seek a person who will further the institution’s commitment to forming leaders of ministry in culturally diverse contexts and in a changing church and world. The successful candidate will teach one course each semester in homiletics and a related area (depending on interests and expertise), and take a full role as a faculty member, including student advising. As dean of chapel, the successful candidate will exercise liturgical and administrative oversight of the seminary’s worship life, under the direction of the president and dean. In particular, the dean of chapel will resource and further develop new patterns of creative worship at the seminary, and conduct workshops and teach courses on foundational skills in liturgical leadership.
 
Candidates should be prepared to teach at the master’s level, and potentially the doctoral level, at an Episcopal seminary within the ecumenical and interfaith setting of the Graduate Theological Union. CDSP’s core program, the M.Div., offers rigorous academic and spiritual formation for those who, in a context of religious and cultural pluralism, will lead the church in participating in God’s mission, forming Christian disciples, and proclaiming the Gospel. We seek an engaging, dynamic teacher who bridges the line between the academy and the church, and can enable students to articulate and embody a public theology that relates to Christian life and ministry in the world. This teacher must be able to guide students into an understanding of the implications of diverse contexts for preaching. As a member of the seminary faculty, this teacher is expected to possess an integrated understanding of different aspects of theological education and be willing and able to work with colleagues in all aspects of graduate professional theological education. Candidates must have the capacity to teach in both face-to-face and online modalities and be eager to engage with the pastoral and formational processes of candidates preparing for ministry, ordained and lay.
 
This is a tenure-eligible, ranked position at the assistant or associate professor level for an initial appointment of five years. Candidates should be members of a church in the Anglican Communion. Ideally, candidates would be ordained, with significant prior experience in teaching and congregational ministry. They should hold an earned Ph.D. or D.Min. (or equivalent) in either homiletics or liturgics, with significant academic background in the other field. Important assets include:
 
• Christian commitment and practice
• Accessibility to students
• Openness to innovation
• A commitment to professional theological education
• Strong pastoral, administrative, and collegial skills
• Significant background and experience with a diversity of styles of worship and preaching
• Awareness of the potential of new technologies for the homiletical task and for faith formation
• Familiarity with the Episcopal Church.
 
The Church Divinity School of the Pacific is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Persons who would increase the racial/ethnic diversity of our faculty are especially encouraged to apply.
 
To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, and a statement of up to 1000 words discussing a) your theology of proclamation and how that would shape your teaching; b) how, in your teaching, scholarship, and chapel oversight in this seminary context, you would engage the curricular emphases of mission, discipleship, and evangelism; and c) your vision for your role in forming faithful leaders for the church, the academy, and the world. In addition, please have three letters of reference sent directly to CDSP.
 
Review of applications will begin on March 2, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.
 
Contact:
Mary McChesney-Young
Email: HomileticsChapelDeanSearch17@cdsp.edu
Phone: (510) 204-0714
Website: http://cdsp.edu/
 

John Carroll University - JCU Anisfield-Wolf Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Diversity and Christian Social Ethics
 
The Department of Theology & Religious Studies (TRS) at John Carroll University invites applications for a post-doctoral fellowship in Christian social ethics beginning in the 2018–2019 academic year and renewable annually through May 2021. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in Catholic Social Teaching and whose research and teaching engages issues of racism or cultural diversity. Facility in postcolonial, contextual, and/or liberationist approaches to religious ethics is desirable. Eligible candidates should be within 5 years of completion of the PhD degree. This position is supported in part by the Cleveland Foundation, which administers the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards (www.anisfield-wolf.org).
 
The successful candidate will be conversant with academic method and theory in the study of religion, particularly religious ethics. The candidate’s dissertation research, or in-process book manuscript should reflect and contribute to an understanding of racism and human diversity, broadly defined. An imperative for the Anisfield-Wolf Postdoctoral Fellow is a formal, structured engagement with the broader Cleveland community to disseminate the results of ongoing research, teaching, and scholarship at community forums, and perhaps even as an element of the annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards activities. We expect to hire someone who shows promise of excellence in undergraduate teaching, including cross-disciplinary collaboration in JCU’s integrative core curriculum (e.g., team-teaching, learning communities); is committed to course and program assessment; and affirms the Catholic Jesuit mission of the University.
 
The University is dedicated to a true balance between scholarship and teaching excellence that creates a rigorous and challenging learning environment. Post-doctoral fellows carry a 2+2 teaching load (including undergraduate courses of approximately 25 students each), assist with academic advising, and participate in faculty governance. Course descriptions and other information about JCU’s TRS department are available at http://go.jcu.edu/trs. Conference travel and other types of research support are available to all faculty.
 
Candidates are asked to submit a letter of application detailing interest and qualifications for the position, including a research proposal that engages issues of racism and diversity, a current curriculum vitae, transcripts from all institutions of higher education, and email addresses of three referees (from whom we will obtain confidential letters of recommendation). A teaching philosophy, sample syllabi, peer course evaluations (if available), summative student course evaluations, and a writing sample may also be included, if desired.
 
Applications received by 15 February 2018 will be granted full consideration. Review of applications will begin on that date and continue until the position is filled. All applications must be submitted through John Carroll’s PeopleAdmin website.
 
John Carroll is a Catholic Jesuit institution dedicated to inspiring persons to excel in learning, leadership, and service. JCU was founded in 1886 and is among 28 Jesuit institutions of higher learning in the United States. Rated as a top regional institution, JCU enrolls 3,125 undergraduate and 700 graduate students and is a significant contributor to the cultural and intellectual life of northeast Ohio. The smoke ­free campus is situated in University Heights, an attractive residential suburb ten miles east of downtown Cleveland.
 
John Carroll University is an affirmative-action equal-opportunity employer. The university is committed to diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.

Messiah College - Term-tenure track faculty - Biblical Studies
 
The Department of Biblical and Religious Studies at Messiah College invites applications for a Term-Tenure Track position in biblical studies.
 
Responsibilities: Teaching responsibilities include general education Bible courses, some departmental major courses in biblical studies, and involvement in the college’s interdisciplinary core course and/or first-year seminar program.
 
Qualifications: Ph.D. in New Testament, Early Christian Origins, or related field required. Evidence of strong commitments to teaching undergraduates in the liberal arts tradition is expected. A commitment to a variety of teaching methods and curricular perspectives that pay attention to diversity and inclusive excellence is also expected. Candidate must fully support our female students as they prepare for ministry in the church at all levels.
 
The Program: The Department of Biblical and Religious Studies offers two academic majors: Biblical and Religious Studies and Christian Ministries. Additionally, the department provides general education courses for all undergraduate students.
 
The Department: The Department of Biblical and Religious Studies is a community of students and Christian scholars who specialize in biblical studies, religious history, theology, world religions, and Christian ministry.Our goal is to model and encourage informed thinking about Christian faith and practice and the role of religion in the world. We foster spiritual and theological reflection that enables individuals to develop and deepen Christian commitment, interpret matters of faith intelligently, and minister to others with wisdom and compassion.
 
The College: Messiah College is a Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences and has a student body of approximately 2,800 undergraduate students including 13.9% of under-represented and 5.0% international students from 32 countries and over 600 graduate students including 11.8% of students from under-represented populations.
 
The College is committed to an embracing evangelical spirit rooted in the Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan traditions of the Christian Church. Our mission is to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society. Messiah College is a teaching institution that emphasizes instruction but values research and public service. Strong support is given to faculty development in teaching and scholarship.
 
Diversity: The College seeks to create a work environment and organizational culture that reflects and appreciates the uniqueness that the individual brings to the workplace while striving to provide an atmosphere of success. Messiah’s strategic plan includes a commitment to community engagement in diverse settings and the development of cross-cultural competencies as well as a commitment to developing a comprehensive and integrated approach to global engagement. As such, Messiah College is fully committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body. Successful candidates will evidence similar commitments.
 
Starting Date: August 2018
 
Compensation: Salary and rank commensurate with academic credentials and qualifications and experience.
 
Applications and Nominations: Application materials will be reviewed beginning January 31, 2018 and will be accepted until the position is filled. Please provide a current curriculum vitae and additional materials as described in the official job posting (see link below). Documentation should clearly explain how your Christian faith represents a strong fit with the mission of Messiah College, which is “to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.”
 
Vitae Instructions to Applicants: Curriculum Vitae must include: (1) education, (2) previous employment history, (3) scholarly and professional accomplishments (e.g., papers, publication, recitals, showings), (4) membership in scholarly, professional, or honor societies, and (5) awards and honors received.
 
Please apply via the following link: http://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/12050
 
Messiah College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, or veteran’s status in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, or the operation of any of its programs. Consistent with our nondiscrimination statement, the College does not tolerate abuse or harassment of employees, students or other individuals associated with the College. This includes, but is not limited to, vendors, contractors, and guests on the basis of, but not limited to, any of the above categories.

Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University - Associate Director (Internship Program)
 
Perkins School of Theology seeks an Associate Director to manage, supervise, evaluate interns for the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Ministry degree programs. These degree programs require successful completion of the Perkins internship. This job is essential to the theological curriculum as it seeks to form persons for ministry and community leadership.
 
The primary mission of Perkins School of Theology, to prepare women and men for faithful leadership in Christian ministry, precisely defines the mission of the Perkins Intern Program. In the Perkins Internship, students integrate the knowledge and theological reflection disciplines learned in the classroom with the practical demands of providing faithful leadership within a congregation or agency.
 
The Perkins Intern Program is widely recognized as an exemplary program in preparing persons for effective Christian ministry. The three full-time Intern Faculty members are committed to working with each Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Ministry student to provide an internship that maximizes learning opportunities within a hands-on ministerial experience.
 
Essential Functions: 
  • Placing of interns in churches or institutions in variety of contexts
  • Training and working with lay teaching committees in each ministry setting
  • Selecting, training, and working with mentor pastors/mentors (on-site supervisors)
  • Selecting and working with consultants
  • Leading required internship seminars
  • Evaluating, in cooperation with lay teaching committees and mentor pastors, the work and learning of interns
  • Participate in regular meetings to discuss supervisory, placement, and administrative concerns
  • Position requires evening hours during orientation sessions and evaluation sessions, as well as occasional travel


Education and Experience: Master of Divinity is required. Doctor of Ministry is preferred.

A minimum of five years of work experience is required. Experience providing supervision for growth in church leadership; teaching theological reflection; work with diversity in matters of culture, class, ethnicity, gender and theology; experience in community ministry are also required.

Ordination is highly desirable. Membership in The United Methodist Church or other Methodist denomination is preferred. Familiarity with the African American church tradition is desirable

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Candidate must demonstrate strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills, as well as the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. Must also demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in writing. A strong customer service orientation is essential.

Candidate must possess strong time management, organizational and planning skills with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks concurrently. Must also possess strong project management skills. A strong focus on attention to detail is essential.

Candidate must have a strong working knowledge of computers and MS Office. Knowledge of the Southwest and its ethnic groups is preferred. Knowledge of other denominational/non-denominational groups is desirable.
 
Physical/Environmental Demands: Sit for long periods of time
 
Deadline to Apply: The position is open until filled.
 
SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601, accessequity@smu.edu.
 

St. Mary's University - Beirne Director of the Center for Catholic Studies
 
St. Mary’s University seeks to appoint the inaugural Beirne Director of The Center for Catholic Studies at St. Mary’s University, beginning August of 2018. The Center for Catholic Studies at St. Mary’s University has both strong support and an ambitious mission to encourage faculty, staff, and students to explore the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and its impact on knowledge, culture, and faith. The Beirne Director is an endowed position, and the Director will be tenure-track or tenured in the appropriate discipline and department. The applicant need not be a specialist in theology or philosophy but must have experience and demonstrated skill in facilitating interaction between the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and other academic disciplines. Applicants from diverse academic fields are encouraged to apply.
 
The Director will lead the Center in developing campus cross-curricular conversations and programs as well as scholarly activities and publications about the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. The successful candidate will also be expected to promote the study of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the greater community through external programming. An earned doctorate is required as is a strong record of scholarly engagement, including academic contributions to the exploration of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.
 
The Director will work with various university constituencies, including other recently endowed Chairs in Human Dignity, Catholic Philosophy, and Catholic Leadership, to support existing programs that integrate the Marianist heritage of the university and the mission of the Center, including academic activities that explore the future of the Church in the Southwestern United States. The successful candidate will share an appreciation of the university’s significant Catholic Mexican American student body as well as San Antonio’s unique role in the development of the idea of Hispanic Catholicism in the United States. Roman Catholic applicants are preferred, but qualified non-Catholic applicants will be considered. Strong leadership and interpersonal skills, as well as administrative experience and a willingness to engage in advancement and fundraising, are required. This is a 12-month position; the Beirne Director will report to the Provost and teach one course each semester.
 
To begin the application process, or to recommend a potential applicant, please contact the chair of the search committee, Professor David Grenardo, via email at dgrenardo@stmarytx.edu with the subject line “Director of The Center for Catholic Studies.” Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, cover letter and references. A review of prospective candidates will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. Information about the Marianist mission of St. Mary’s University and the goals of The Center for Catholic Studies at St. Mary’s University will be made available to prospective qualified applicants.
 
Founded in 1852 by the Society of Mary (the Marianists), St. Mary’s is a comprehensive Catholic and Marianist university with a strong tradition of integrating liberal arts with professional studies. St. Mary’s is the oldest Catholic university in the Southwest. For further information about St. Mary’s University and its Marianist heritage, please visit the University’s webpage.

St. Mary’s University especially encourages applications from women, Hispanic, and other minority candidates. Any offer of employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a clear background check. AA/EOE.
 

Vanderbilt Divinity School- Assistant Professor in the History and Practice of Christian Worship and the Arts
 
Vanderbilt Divinity School seeks applications and nominations for the Luce Dean’s Fellow in the History and Practice of Christian Worship and the Arts beginning fall 2018. This is an assistant professor, tenure-track level position that may become an endowed chair upon successful completion of tenure. The appointment includes responsibilities for teaching and research in Christian worship and liturgical arts and administrative oversight of the Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture (RACC) program. It also entails advising in both the divinity degree programs (MDiv and MTS), which prepare students for ministry and public leadership, and the graduate department of religion (MA, PhD), which prepares students for teaching and research. Appointed faculty will join the Homiletics and Liturgics Area of the Graduate Department of Religion, teach the core MDiv requirements in worship and will also offer a range of courses relating Christian worship and the arts to practices of ministry and public leadership in today’s world.
 
Successful applicants will have completed a doctorate or its equivalent focused on the history, theology and practice of Christian worship and liturgical arts; an ability to teach a wide variety of students; interest in working with other University units such as the Blair School of Music, the department of history, art, or the history of art; and interest in facilitating programs for local clergy, laity, and public leaders. Applications from underrepresented candidates are especially welcome. The school has strong commitments to social justice and places a high value on diversity among its faculty and student body, as well as in research and teaching. Successful candidates will evidence commitment to these priorities. (see http://divinity.vanderbilt.edu/about/purposes.php). The search committee will begin reviewing applications November 1, 2017. Cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three recommendation letters should be submitted via Interfolio at: http://apply.interfolio.com/45660. Applicants will be able to establish a free Interfolio Dossier & Portfolio account.
 
Contact Person: Marie McEntire
Contact Email: marie.mcentire@vanderbilt.edu
 
 
OTHER OPPORTUNITIES
 
Horizons in Biblical Theology, a Brill published, international peer-reviewed journal, welcomes exegetical contributions and related essays dealing with the theological interpretation of the Bible; this includes traditional historical readings of biblical texts, thematic studies within biblical texts and theology, explorations of methodology and hermeneutics, and even readings from within confessional traditions.The journal considers both technical articles that address historical and linguistic issues in biblical texts and theoretical articles that address innovations and difficulties in theological reading of texts. For more information and to submit articles visit the journal’s website.  
 
Many thanks to the journal’s editor-in-chief, Dr. Margaret Aymer, Shreveport, D. Thomason Professor of New Testament at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, for sharing this information.  Members of the HTI familia serving on the Editorial Board are Dr. Eric Barreto (2008-2009 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar, HTI Steering Committee Member) and Dr. Gregory Cuellar (2005-2006 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar, HTI Mentor). Dr. Timothy Sandoval (HTI Mentor) serves as the Journal’s Book Review Editor.
 
The Louisville Institute
 
The Louisville Institute, funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc., and based at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, offers several Grant Programs, Fellowship Programs as well as Collaborative Inquiry Team program.  Currently, the Louisville Institute is accepting applications for the Collaborative Inquiry Team, a program that supports teams of four to eight pastors and professors that propose projects to strengthen the life of North American Christian congregations. Teams spend 18 to 36 months exploring together a living question currently confronting church and society. The grant amount is up to $45,000 for three years.  Deadline for Application is April 1, 2018.  Apply here.
 
Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Lilly Endowment is pleased to announce its Thriving in Ministry Initiative 2018. The Thriving in Ministry Initiative 2018 is a competitive grant program open to any charitable organization committed to the support of pastoral leaders in congregations and located in the United States.

Charitable organizations are invited to submit proposals for up to $1 million that may be used for up to a five-year period to develop new or strengthen existing programs that help pastors build relationships with other clergy who can serve as role models and exemplars and guide them through key leadership challenges at critical moments in their ministerial careers.  While the Endowment is interested in supporting a variety of approaches, it is especially interested in supporting efforts that: 1) attend to key professional transitions in a pastor’s career and/or 2) focus on challenges posed by particular ministry contexts and settings.

Information about this initiative and the request for proposals can be found on the Endowment’s website.  

Deadlines:  Interest Forms need be postmarked by April 6, 2018 and Proposals need to be postmarked by June 1, 2018.


CELEBRATIONS

On Saturday February 17, 2018, former HTI student aide, Dr. Carla España, married Dr. Ángel Rubiel González. Friends and family blessed and celebrated the beginning of Carla’s and  Ángel’s life partnership at an intimate ceremony that took place in Colombia. The happy couple live in New York. ¡Felicidades!
 


FOR PRAYER
 
In light of the mass shooting that took place on Ash Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Dr. Harold J. Recinos (HTI Mentor) Professor of Church and Society at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, shared with HTI a poem entitled, Another.  

Another by Harold J. Recinos
 
after another school shooting
horror again swells sorrowing
 
hearts faster than any can say
the Lord’s name, more innocent
 
blood ran the halls in Florida on
Ash Wednesday to make the nation
 
fall into unearthed darkness, the
speechless religious leaders shiver
 
into pieces, and the naïve politicians
weep. we kneel now only to beg the
 
Lord to help us pray on this terrifying
parting day, to lift words so often said
 
in the recurring nightmare and break
the remembrance bread that has yet to
 
deliver comfort, life and peace for those
left by the beloved dead. today, people
 
on every shore around the globe join the
wailing, churches are filled to the rafters
 
with tears, and not one hymn or steeple
filled with resonant prayer can lift the
 
cup of life to our lips. tell us explainers
of heavenly things for the sake of children
 
and the lost when will evil curve to the
fiery lake, and vanish?

© Harold J. Recinos - 2018

 
Let us continue praying for those who lost their lives and for their families, and let us pray for those leaders who are making decisions to prevent terrible acts that affect so many innocent lives.
 
Also, in our prayers are:
 

Dr. Luis R. Rivera (HTI Steering Committee Chair, HTI Mentor), Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, who lost his mother Dr. Dalila Rodríguez Irlanda.  Dr. Rodríguez Irlanda died on February 3, 2018 in Tamarac, Florida. She was 99 years old.
 
Please lift up Angela Schoepf (HTI Assistant Director) and her family in prayers as they mourn the loss of her father-in-law, Walter Heinrich Schoepf Sr., who passed away on January 19, 2018.
 
Dr. Efraín Velásquez’s (2006-2007 HTI Dissertation-Year Scholar) mother is in hospice in Puerto Rico. Please keep Efraín, and his family in your prayers.



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