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Journeys

March, 2016

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In this edition of Journeys:

FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear friends, 

Welcome to this issue of Journeys. As always, Journeys is a place where we can come together to share in the successes of our community, stay informed about key events, and share knowledge. However, this issue is particularly special.  
 
The Hispanic Theological Initiative is celebrating its 20th Anniversary  this year. Over these two decades more than 100 Latina/o scholars have received support to earn doctoral degrees to empower them within the church and academy. Throughout this year we will be giving thanks and also highlighting the giftedness of these scholars and all of the collective work that has been accomplished throughout these twenty years! Our story is your story: The Hispanic Theological Initiative is a community and a family, and I want to thank YOU for YOUR contributions.
 
This success is why we are looking forward and in honor of our 20th Anniversary, we are proud to launch a new Affiliate Membership Program. Affiliate Membership is a way to continue to build relationships across the theological community and a way for you and those who share your commitment to scholarship to support Latina/o scholars earlier in their journey, so that we can continue to build leaders for communities across this nation and abroad.
 
We need YOUR help! Affiliate Membership is open to non-PhD granting institutions and affords masters-level and undergraduate students with exposure to HTI’s successful offerings, as well as supporting institutions in strengthening their commitment to Latina/o faculty, staff, and students. If you are associated with such an institution, we’d love to hear from you.
 
Because you have been requesting the return of Perspectivas it gives us great joy to share HTI’s peer-review journal Perspectivas new online (and bilingual!) platform with you.  Thank you for your persistence and patience for now we have an expansive channel for Latina/o faculty, church leaders, and students to share in American Academy and beyond. 
 
Wow, and it is only the beginning of March, we encourage you to read on to hear about all of the great happenings within our member institutions and with HTI Scholars in the United States and abroad.  Please savor this issue, share your thoughts about Perspectivas, and stay tuned in for all of the great things that are to come!
 
As always, thank YOU for being a valued member and helping nurture the current and future generations of Latina/o academic and church leaders!
 
Blessings, 

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LUTHER SEMINARY
 
Luther Seminary.pngLuther Seminary, located in St. Paul, MN., educates students from many parts of the world to be future leaders for Christian communities. The seminary’s diverse student body reflects many traditions, ethnicities and ages, all united by a deep faith in Jesus Christ.
 
The seminary offers Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Doctor of Ministry and Master of Theology degrees and is in the process of revising and re-launching its PhD. program.
 
Serving the church on a worldwide basis takes many forms at Luther Seminary, including educating students from a global perspective, working with various outreach efforts such as the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and developing innovative seminary programs designed specifically to help students engage more deeply with Latino communities around the world. One faculty member who is instrumental in this push is Guillermo Hansen, associate professor of global Christianity, societies and cultures and Martin Luther King Jr. Chair at Luther Seminary.
 
A native of Argentina, Hansen joined the faculty in 2008. In his home country, he held several positions in the United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Argentina and Uruguay, ranging from clergy member to director of studies for the ministerium of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church. Additionally, he has done work with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and served as a theological adviser to the Department of Theological Studies in the LWF.
 
Hansen’s focus at Luther Seminary specifically encompasses theology, global Christianity and communities and cultures. He also travels and teaches frequently throughout Latin America. In mid-January, Hansen taught an intensive course in contemporary theologies for the Master in Theology program at the Comunidad Teológica de México, the center for higher theological education for most mainline churches in Mexico, including Lutherans.
 
“This experience relates to my work at Luther Seminary in a two-fold way,” Hansen said. “On the one hand, Luther is pursuing a global strategy which seeks to identify and engage in key partnerships with global church institutions and networks—especially centers for theological and ministerial education. We also want to deepen our partnership with the Comunidad Teológica de México, which in the future will lead to a more robust exchange program of students and faculty.”
 
Luther Seminary is also engaging more deeply with Latino communities here in the United States as well as abroad. This summer, in collaboration with the Augsburg Center for Global Education, the seminary is offering a contextual course in Cuernavaca and Mexico City called, “Knowing our Neighbors.”
 
Hansen said the course is organized “as an intentional engagement with our present Latino (mostly Mexican) neighbors here in the upper Midwest. We begin this course in the Twin Cities, visiting churches and social centers in the Latino community. And because we want to learn from and get to know better our neighbors, we continue the course in Mexico. Their experiences at the grassroots level, as well as workshops with eminent Mexican scholars, will expand our comprehension of Mexican culture, religious customs and social realities.”
 
Luther Seminary also recently began offering a Spanish language concentration, focused on ministering in the Spanish language and open to any who feel a call to bilingual ministry.
 
“Service, ministry and even good citizenship with our Latino neighbors requires a particular set of linguistic, pastoral, theological and anthropological tools, which demonstrates an intentional seriousness of wanting to know the neighbor in their own terms,” Hansen said. “When we speak of Spanish language ministry it refers not merely to the Spanish tongue, but to the cultural, religious, ideological and social mindsets and realities that are part of the Spanish speaking peoples—both in Latin America and the United States. The Spanish ministry initiatives at Luther Seminary are part of a larger strategy that seeks to offer a theological education that is faithful, intercultural, engaging and innovative.”
 
In addition, Luther Seminary now also offers students a course called Spanish for ministry. Each session is organized around a particular theme (culture, migration, popular religiosity, church in Latin America, gender, violence and peace, justice, arts) and approached through readings, conversation, Bible study, ministerial practices, films, theological pieces and other interactive events.
 
“The course is taught on the basis of ‘generative themes’ proper to the Latino community,” Hansen added. “For example, we will learn part of the religious Spanish vocabulary by learning about the religiosity around the Virgin of Guadalupe and participating in prayer and worship with local Latino communities. We will learn Spanish juridical terms and language by studying the immigration policies in the United States, as well by visiting advocacy centers in the cities.”
 
The outreach to Latino communities is both local and global. This outreach is part of Luther Seminary’s effort, through Graduate Theological Education, to develop a global theological network in partnership with the LWF and other ecumenical partners.  The work of diversification is at the core of Luther Seminary’s identity. Recently both Hansen and Dirk Lange, associate dean of graduate theological education, participated in the LWF-sponsored conference,– Global Perspectives on the Reformation: Interactions Between Theology, Politics and Economics. Theologians from around the globe were present, including many from Latin America. At the heart of this conference was an intense discussion, led by Lange, on the future of theological education in the diversity of languages and cultures around the world.
 
In order to serve the growing need of theologically educated leaders in the global south, Luther Seminary is in the process of exploring a revised PhD program, which would equip participants to be global leaders and teachers in a variety of educational, ecumenical and missional settings.  Luther Seminary is a member of the Hispanic Theological Initiative Consortium and is supporting Andrés Roberto Albertsen, as HTIC dissertation scholar. Andres is working with Hegel and Kierkegaard’s works to show a compelling political conception of love that can serve as the basis for far-reaching social change.
 
 
The Return of Perspectivas

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Since 1998, Perspectivas has offered the Latino/a theological community a space to share with you  the innovative contributions of Latino/a scholars in theology and religion. It serves as a critical resource to stimulate further dialogue and research in theological and religious education. It has been a printed peer-reviewed journal through 2009, but with this Spring 2016 issue HTI is pleased to move Perspectivas to an online (and bilingual!) home. We expect that this online venue is what you have been asking and waiting for. In this new format it will continue to offer a channel to showcase scholarship that is much needed in today’s American Academy and beyond.
 
Perspectivas online will be able to reach a wider audience, keep costs down and maintain our commitment to the environment.
 
To celebrate our online debut, we are waiving subscription fees for 2016. Visit www.perspectivasonline.com to read our Spring 2016 issue and spread the word to your friends, colleagues, and institutions. Happy reading and thank you for your support!
 

Launch of Affiliate Membership!
 
HTI is growing! Since our inception, HTI has sought to serve Latina/o scholars enrolled in PhD programs and the schools which support them. While that remains our primary objective, we are pleased to now offer Affiliate Membership. Our Affiliate Membership level offers the opportunity for non-PhD granting institutions to join the HTI family. Affiliate membership is an affordable, practical, and supportive way of exposing master’s and undergraduate degree students HTI’s valuable offerings, as well as a way to help institution support the Latina/o theological community and institutional diversity aims.
 
Affiliate Membership permits non-PhD granting schools to send students to our valuable summer workshops where they can learn from and network with other Hispanic students and faculty. Likewise, Affiliate Member schools gain access to our network of scholars for the purpose of advertising, promotion, job searches, and professional guidance related to the recruitment and retention of Latina/o faculty, staff, and students.
 
You can help! Because you may already be employed by, or affiliated with, institutions which have a desire and also aspire to gain access to HTI’s offerings, you can help educate your institution about HTI.  For membership information, please contact HTI Director Joanne Rodríguez at joanne.rodriguez@ptsem.edu and/or 609-252-1721. By making this important connect you will help build a greater pipeline of Hispanic leaders!
 

Hispanic Theological Initiative: Honoring Our Past, Celebrating the Present, and Envisioning the Future  

Over the past twenty years, you have worked “en conjunto” to strengthen the Latina/o voices in academic circles in religion and theology and in the church.  Your commitment to this common cause has given fruit through more than 100 exceptional Hispanic educators and writers who are influencing the academy, the church, and the world!    

You made this possible! 

And that is why on the evening of November 18, 2016 we want YOU to be in San Antonio at the Oblate School of Theology Whitley Theological Center! There you will gather with more than 350 individuals from our member schools, partnering institutions, HTI alumni, HTI mentors, publishing houses, and church leaders to Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present, and Envision the Future. Your presence at this event will be a testimony of your commitment to building better leaders for the academy, who can articulate and shape current and future trends in theological and religious education. So SAVE the DATE and wait in anticipation for more news regarding our time together! 

If you can’t wait please contact us at 609-252-1732 or via email at hti.anniversary@ptsem.edu.
 
 
LOGROS

Dissertation Defenses

Recently, three HTI scholars successfully defended their dissertations:

Dr. WenWendy Arce and Ann Hidalgo.jpgdy Arce (2011–2012 HTI Dissertation Fellow) at Graduate Theological Union defended her dissertation, Reel Negotiations: Exploring the Relationship between Film, Religion, and Sexuality in the Latino Community. Wendy currently works at GTU and teaches during the summer there and at Santa Clara University, and is an instructor at San Francisco University during the year.


Dr. AnWendy Arce and Ann Hidalgo.jpgn Hidalgo (2014-2015 HTI Scholar) defended her dissertation Liberating Liturgy: Voices of Latin American Theology. Ann graduated from Claremont School of Theology.  Ann is an independent scholar, pianist and freelance musician/composer.  She also serves as Library Reference Desk Associate at her alma mater.
 


Dr. MScreen Shot 2016-02-25 at 12.59.04 PM.pnganuela Ceballos (2013–2014 HTI Dissertation Scholar) Assistant Professor of Islam at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, defended her dissertation, The Favor of Good Companions:' Violence and the Formation of Religious Communities in Early Modern Iberia and North Africa.  Manuela did her PhD at Emory University.



We are elated for these three promising scholars! Your support helped them achieve!
 

The following HTI Scholars successfully defended their comprehensive exams: 
 
Tito Madrazo (2015-2016 HTI Comprehensive Exams Scholar) at Duke Divinity School
 
Francisco Peláez-Díaz (2015-2016 HTI Comprehensive Exams Scholar) at Princeton Theological Seminary
 
Erica  Ramirez (2015-2016 HTI Comprehensive Exams Scholar) at Drew University
 
Rafael Reyes III (2015-2016 HTI Comprehensive Exams Scholar) at Claremont School of Theology
 
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New appointments:

Dr. Efraín Velázquez (2006–2007 HTI Dissertation Fellow) was appointed president of the Inter-America’s Theological Seminary (IATS), the second fully ATS accredited Seventh Day Adventist seminary in the world. Dr. Velázquez was academic vice president of IATS since 2008. He has more than 17 years of church service and has a doctorate degree in Old Testament archaeology and a Master of Divinity with emphasis in youth ministry from Andrews University.

In his report to the board, Efrain spoke of the plans to offer a PhD for professors teaching Bible classes, a new cycle for the academic master’s degree program on Old and New Testament.

The Inter-American Adventist Theological Seminary (IATS) is a multi-site institution with a unique structure that serves thirty-four countries. The IATS is committed to providing professional and academic programs to ministers in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and the northern part of South America. Professional programs include the MA in Pastoral Theology, MA in Biblical Studies, and the Doctor of Ministry. These programs are offered at various affiliated sites: Costa Rica, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, México, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, and Venezuela.

¡En buena hora, Efraín!
 

Princeton Theological Seminary Welcomes Dr. Eric D. Barreto!

HTI member school Princeton Theological Seminary recently announced the appointment of Dr. Eric D. Barreto (2008-2009 HTI Dissertation Fellow and HTI Steering Committee Member) as Weyerhaeuser Associate Professor of New Testament. Dr. Barreto will join the faculty in the fall of 2016.

Dr. Barreto specializes in the theology of race and ethnicity in Luke/Acts. As a Baptist pastor, he has pursued scholarship for the sake of the church, and he regularly writes for and teaches in faith communities around the country. He has also been a leader in the Hispanic Theological Initiative Consortium. Dr. Barreto is an alumnus of Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv ’04) and received his PhD from another HTI Member School, Emory University. He has served on the faculty of Luther Seminary since 2009.

The Weyerhaeuser chair is a presidential appointment made to a scholar who engages theologically in her or his discipline and who enriches the work of the faculty.

We are happy to welcome back the Barreto family to Princeton!

 
The following professors have been promoted with tenure!  

Dr. Jacqueline Hidalgo (2007–2008 HTI Dissertation Fellow) is now the Associate Professor of Latina/o Studies and Religion at Williams College! Jackie is a graduate of Claremont Graduate University.




Some dreams do come true.  And that is the case for Dr. Carmen Nanko-Fernández (HTI Mentor and Selection Committee member) who was appointed the full professor of Hispanic Theology and Ministry at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois. She is the first Latina and first woman lay person to achieve this rank at her institution.

 

Louisville Institute grants

Two of HTI’s graduates were awarded a 2016 Sabbatical Grant for Researchers by the Louisville Institute.  This grant was designed to assist research and writing projects that will advance religious and theological scholarship in ways that also address practical issues concerning Christian faith and life, pastoral leadership, and/or religious institutions. Congratulations to:

Dr. Leopoldo A. Sánchez M. (HTI HTI Mentor), the Werner R.H. Krause and Elizabeth R. Krause Professor of Hispanic Ministries and director of the Center for Hispanic Studies at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Leopoldo will use the grant for a project that explores Spirit Christology and models of sanctification. “Ultimately, pastors can use this information to help them recognize how people in their congregations and communities are living out their spirituality and be better prepared to minister to them,” Leopoldo said. To read the abstract visit http://www.louisville-institute.org/Grants/abstract.aspx?id=12790.
 
Dr. Miguel De La Torre (2000-2001 HTI Post-doctoral Fellow), professor of Social Ethics and Latino/a Studies at Iliff School of Theology. The Louisville grant will allow him to spend a few months in Cuba during his 2017 calendar year sabbatical researching his next book: “The Political Theology of José Martí.” To access the book’s abstract visit http://www.louisville-institute.org/Grants/abstract.aspx?id=12591
 
 

HTI SCHOLARS AND MEMBER SCHOOLS EN ACCIÓN
 
Thanks to support of HTIC member schools, HTIC Scholars have extraordinary experiences that allow them to engage communities outside of the US.  Here are four amazing examples!  
 
Perkins/Southern Methodist University Immersion Trip to Mexico

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During an immersion trip in December to Texas and Mexico with a of a group of faculty at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University to learn more about the issues facing the communities that live there, Ángel Gallardo, (2015–2016 HTI Dissertation Scholar) fourth year student in the Graduate Program in Religious Studies. 

Angel traveled with Dr. Hugo Magallanes (2001–2002 HTI Dissertation Fellow), Director of the Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions and Associate Professor of Christianity and Cultures; Dr. Heidi Miller, Assistant Professor of Worship; Rev. Connie Nelson, Director of Public Affairs and Alumni/ae Relations;  Dr. Robert Hunt, Director of the Center for Global Theological Education;  Rev. Gary MacDonald, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program; Dr. Ted Campbell, Professor of Church History; Dr. Susanne Johnson, Associate Professor of Christian Education; Lisa Beth White, Student Services Specialist for the Perkins Houston-Galveston Extension Program.

Angel shared that this experience helped him gain a deeper understanding of the contexts shaping Latino/a Christianity, and credits The Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions, with funding from the Henry Luce Foundation, for this trip. He cites the meetings with Border Patrol agents, Catholic Charities representatives, and Methodist clergy that addressed the challenges related to immigration as especially helpful, including “the religious figures [that they met] throughout the Texas Rio Grande Valley and Methodist clergy from Rio Bravo, Reynosa, and Nuevo Progreso, México. Their faithful service to the ‘least of these’ embodied Christian compassion.”
 
At the completion of his visit Angel shared, “What became clearer to me was the central role of economics. Certainly, the drug trade precipitates much of the gang violence that causes human displacement.  Yet on a deeper level, these social problems emerge from an economic vacuum left behind by detrimental free-trade policies. In this way, the imposition of corporate interests onto the Global South, links drugs, violence, and migration in unexpected ways.  In the end, this border immersion inspired me to continue studying the underlying factors that affect the Global South and connect it to the Global North.”
 
For more information about the Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions at Perkins, please visit:
https://www.smu.edu/Perkins/PublicPrograms/LatinoCenter.
 

A Border that dehumanizes people

 
 







“Is this legal?”  That was the question that one of the students at University of Notre Dame asked after witnessing court procedures for individuals apprehended for crossing the wall at the United States/Mexico border. This past January, Leo Guardado (HTI 2015-2016 Comprehensive Exams-Year)  traveled with thirteen students and thirteen faculty from Notre Dame to the border in Arizona.  He shared two takeaways:
 
“(1) The border wall:  If you’ve seen it, you know that it’s not really a wall, because it is made of reinforced steel bars set apart about five inches so that border patrol agents can see and shoot through it.  But it’s difficult to simply call it a fence because its sheer size defies bucolic notions of fences meant to keep out animals.  This “physical deterrent,” as official documents call it, is meant to keep out a different unwanted trespasser—el pueblo from the global south.
 
(2) Operation Streamline: If individuals cross the wall/fence and are later apprehended by border patrol somewhere in the desert, then they will often go through a “legal” deterrent in a federal courtroom.  Students attended the chilling experience of watching about 70 undocumented individuals processed before a judge in less than two hours, all while listening to the clinking of the chains that shackle their hands and feet.  Their crime: trespassing.  Their new identity: felons.  Their new home: a cell in the highly profitable private prison industry of the United States of America.”
 
 
It’s never to late to learn!
 
In the highlands of western Guatemala, forty-five ministers of the Iglesia Evangélica Nacional Metodista Primitiva de Guatemala recently gathered for a preaching conference led by Duke Divinity School’s Tito Madrazo (HTI 2015-2016 Comprehensive Exams-Year Scholar).  The conference was part of an existing partnership between Duke Divinity School, Guatemalan Methodists, and the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Global Ministries to provide theological training in under-resourced, indigenous areas of Guatemala.
 
Rev. Madrazo built upon his experience teaching homiletics in El Salvador and Perú, in addition to his work directing Duke’s Hispanic-Latino/a Preaching Initiative, to design an interactive preaching conference to meet the needs of diverse participants.  The ministers in attendance ranged in age from 25 to 81.  Many spoke Quiché as a primary language, and a significant portion of them could neither read nor write in any language.
 
Alternating between larger lectures and smaller collaborative groups, the ministers reflected on their own theologies of preaching, worked with texts, and practiced their delivery for one another.  “Working with a group like this is incredibly humbling,” Rev. Madrazo said. “None of these ministers receive a regular salary for their work, and yet, they had all taken time off from their paying jobs in order to grow as preachers of the gospel.  One of them, an 81-year-old lay preacher/farmer named Martín Morales, had founded four different churches over 60 years of ministry.  And yet, here he was, still wanting to learn more in order to fulfill his calling.  I am incredibly grateful for their faithfulness to the gospel and their dedication to their people.”
 
 
There is no place like home, ¡Estoy en casa!

“‘There is no place like home,’ says Dorothy in L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It does not take a walk on the yellow brick road to discover the truth of Dorothy’s words. All the flavors, colors, aromas, and sounds of Puerto Rico await me with open arms every time I go home. But this time was different. A new path opened before me: I was invited to teach my first graduate exegetical course at my alma mater, the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico. I traveled with my heart full of expectation and a suitcase packed with books.
 
Five students were brave enough to enroll in a two-week course offered by this unknown professor, and on one of the most ignored books of the Hebrew Bible: Ecclesiastes. The goal of this exegetical course was to focus on a Puerto Rican interpretation of this wisdom writing using a postcolonial hermeneutic. Thus, I titled the course Life under the Sun: A Puerto Rican Reading of Ecclesiastes.
 
The experience was challenging and rewarding. We looked at the biblical text and our readings through the lens of music, art, and literature. We also had special guests presenting their views on the Puerto Rican socio-economic and political crisis, and on the use of Ecclesiastes in pastoral counseling. I had the chance to verify if my reading of the book made sense to other fellow Puerto Ricans. Gladly, it did.
 
I love teaching everywhere I go. It does not matter if it is in English or Spanish; however, there is something special and dear when you teach in the language of your heart and to those who understand it. This language is the language of my dreams and hopes, the language, which tells Estoy en casa/I’m home. I returned to Chicago with excess baggage that did not cost extra money, for the bag packed with books was accompanied by a heart filled with new experiences.”
 
Hernández-Marcial (2015-2016 HTI Comprehensive Exam-Year Scholar) is student at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Her memory of teaching at Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico takes many of us to the homeland left behind, perhaps by ourselves, perhaps by our parents or grandparents. Being able to go back home and share with your own the unique world of academia is a dream that has come true for many of our scholars, and your continued support makes it possible for others! Thank you!
 
 
HTI MEMBER SCHOOLS EN ACCIÓN
 
Drew Theological School was recently awarded a two-year grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund to fund research related to the transformation of its curriculum. The process ultimately will produce a reinvigorated curriculum that will be ready for students by the fall of 2018, coinciding with the Theological School’s 150th anniversary. Dr. Javier Vieira, the School’s dean, said “What this transformation allows us to do is to zero in on our unique strengths and then shape them in ways that respond to the real needs of prospective students, of the Church, the academy and a culture that is changing so rapidly that we can barely keep up with the pace.”
 
We congratulate Drew, HTI’s member school.  Since inception, HTI has supported a group of Drew’s students.  Currently, Erica Ramírez is enrolled as an HTI scholar, working on her dissertation proposal. Furthermore, the following HTI fellows are graduates of Drew:  
 
Dr. Daniel F. Flores, President, Sociedad Wesleyana (Hispanic Wesleyan Society); Adjunct Professor, Indiana Wesleyan University, Seminario Wesley; Pastor, La Trinidad United Methodist Church
Dr. Alberto Hernández, Academic Vice President, and Dean of the Faculty, Associate Professor of the History of Christianity, Iliff School of Theology
Dr. Nora Lozano-Díaz, Professor of Theological Studies, Co-Director Latina Leadership Institute, Baptist University of the Americas
Dr. Hugo Magallanes Tejeda, Associate Professor of Christianity and Cultures, Director, The Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions, Perkins School of Theology-Southern Methodist University
Dr. Peter Anthony Mena, Assistant Professor of History of Christianity, Phillips Theological Seminary
Dr. Matilde Kathleen Moros, Adjunct Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
Dr. Elaine Padilla, Assistant Professor of Constructive Theology, New York Theological Seminary
Dr. Mayra Rivera, Associate Professor of Theology and Latina/o Studies, Harvard Divinity School
Dr. Benjamín Valentín, Professor of Theology and Culture, Director of the Orlando Costas Lectureship in Latino/a Theology, Andover Newton Theological School
 
Additionally, Dr. Elias Ortega Aponte, HTI fellow, a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, serves as Assistant Professor of Afro-Latino/a Religions and Cultural Studies at Drew.
 
Congratulations to Drew!
 

HTI EN ACCIÓN
 
Thanks to your support HTI was busier than ever at the 2015 The American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Studies Annual Meetings!  And the first three months of 2016 came with exciting opportunities for HTI Scholars. This special section shares how.  

EVENTS AT THE AAR/SBL ANNUAL MEETINGS
 
HTI Member Council Meeting












On Friday, November 20th, the HTI Member Council, which is comprised of the presidents and deans of the 23 institutions of higher education in our consortium, held a meeting to discuss the state of the HTI.  
 
Our members were delighted to hear that HTI continues to graduate students within 5.5 years, and that in 2015 we helped graduate 9 HTIC Scholars and 6 of them were place in tenure-track positions.  When we shared that in 2016 HTI would be celebrating its 20th anniversary we received a $24,000 financial commitment to support the 20th anniversary celebration at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio on November 18th.   Our members are delighted with our growth and we are deeply grateful for their additional affirming commitment to continue to build on our important work together!
 
Dissertation Scholars Gathering























Last year, Matthew Williams, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at the Forum for Theological Exploration; Nadine Pence, Executive Director of the Wabash Center; and Joanne Rodriguez, Executive Director of HTI met to discuss the possibility of having a multicultural gathering of dissertation scholars at the 2015 AAR/SBL Annual Meetings.  We are elated to report that this gathering happened on November 20, 2015 where a total of sixteen students participated, from fourteen institutions.  The breakdown of students was: five Latinos, five African-American, four Asian, and two Native American.   With the support of Wabash Center’s  Associate Director, Paul Myhre, the leaders for this gathering were:  Elizabeth Conde-Frazier (HTI 1997-1998 Dissertation Fellow, HTI Mentor, HTI Advisory Committee), Esperanza College of Eastern University; Stephen Ray, Garrett Evangelical Theological; Terry LeBlanc, the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS); and Tat-siong Benny Liew, College of the Holy Cross.  These programmatic collaborations are providing important spaces to groom up and coming scholars to teach and learn in multicultural settings!

HTI  Mentoring Meeting
With your support on Saturday, November 21, 2015, we introduced a new meeting for current HTI scholars and their assigned mentors.  Over 30 Hispanic faculty members and HTI scholars were in attendance.  This opportunity provided a time and space for faculty and students to get to know each other better and to also share their current experiences at their institutions.  HTI mentors play a pivotal role in nurturing the next generation of HTI scholars!  We love having them and they love being mentors, so much so that HTI graduates are now mentoring the new generation of scholars. Another example of working en conjunto!
 
HTI Reception at AAR/SBL
Another year, another great reception! It was invigorating to see so many familiar faces and be surrounded by presidents, deans, faculty, representatives from publishing houses, and HTI scholars.
 
We had the opportunity to celebrate the progress of our scholars who are currently in the pipeline, as well as those who had recently defended their dissertations. We also applauded the newest publications from those in our network, and Dr. Leopoldo A. Sanchez (2002–2003 HTI Dissertation Fellow and Mentor) and M. Daniel Carroll R. (HTI Mentor and Selection Committee member) presented to HTI their recent book Immigrant Neighbors Among Us. Chris Spinks, editor at Wipf and Stock Publishers, invited scholars to submit monographs for publication. Later, HTI Steering Committee Members, Teresa Delgado (2001–2002 HTI Dissertation Fellow, Mentor, Selection Committee Member, and Steering Committee Member), Eric D. Barreto (2008–2009 Dissertation Scholar, Selection Committee Member, and Steering Committee Member), and Cristián De La Rosa (2011–2012 HTI Dissertation Fellow and Mentor) shared about HTI’s recent efforts to fundraise.
 
On this wonderful evening these HTI Ambassadors raised more than $3,000! In a matter of two hours, you were able to experience a few of the amazing ways in which HTI Scholar work together to share their giftedness with one another and the larger landscape of theological and religious education! It’s exciting and that is why you want to be at HTI’s upcoming 20th anniversary in San Antonio, Texas on November 18, 2016 (Mark your calendars!)




 







OTHER EVENTS

Perfect time to Write!


Jonas, this year’s Writers Week unexpected visitor, brought more than two feet of snow to Princeton. Due to cancelled flights Dissertation Scholars had extra time to write, share success stories and discuss roadblocks, and also to encourage one another, with the incredible support of their HTI editor, Uli Guthrie.  A lot of progress was made, and one of the participants will be defending by mid-March.  Students were especially happy to have access to Princeton Seminary’s Library.  Additionally, thanks to a new Smart TV in Adams House, Antonio Alonso dissertation scholar from Emory University, who was not able to attend in person, was video conference in and participated during the evening check in time with the editor.

 


 
¡Estás en casa!
 










Have you ever had a teaching experience where every part of you is fed?  Well, that is exactly what happened to fourteen HTI scholars at the Wabash Center in Crawfordsville, Indiana on March 4-6, 2016.  It began with a hospitable exquisite welcoming dinner with Wabash associate director, Tom Pearson, and then through out the weekend all of our senses were engaged by leaders Dr. Eric Barreto, associate professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary, and Dr. Carmen Nanko-Fernández, professor of Hispanic Theology and Ministry at Catholic Theological Union.   These leaders engaged us through pedagogical “speed dating”, an exercise whereby we worked “en conjunto” to engage our artistic, cartographic, and “luchador” spirit in each other’s syllabus.   We even had an opportunity to try a “backward” approach toward designing syllabi.   In the end, it was a pedagogical weekend full of great learning and teaching gems to bring back to our institutions to advance our teaching skills and/or to prepare us on our journey to complete our dissertations and become professors.

Participants
  • Andrés Albertsen, Luther Seminary
  • Tony Alonso, Emory University
  • Dr. Wendy Arce, Graduate Theological Union
  • Rubén Arjona-Mejía, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Maziel Barreto Daní, Brite Divinity School  
  • Ángel Gallardo, Southern Methodist University
  • Lauren Guerra, Graduate Theological Union
  • Abner Hernández, Andrews University
  • Dr. Ann Hidalgo, Claremont School of Theology
  • Erick Mendieta, Andrews University
  • Melisa Ortíz Berry, Claremont Graduate University
  • Melissa Pagán, Emory University
  • Dr. Altagracia Pérez-Bullard, Canon for Congregational Vitality, Episcopal Diocese of New York
  • Rev. Dr. Eddie DeLeon, CMF,  Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Director of Intercultural Outreach, Catholic Theological Union
Thanks to Wabash for this tremendous opportunity!
 

“EN CONJUNTO” PARTNERS EN ACCIÓN
 
La Comunidad of Latin@ Scholars Meeting at AAR/SBL
 










by Dr. Sammy Alfáro (2007–2008 HTI Dissertation Fellow and Assistant Professor of Christian Studies at Grand Canyon University)
 
It is hard to believe it has been more than four months since many of us gathered together in Atlanta, GA for the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion. If you are anything like me, you too look forward to our nerdy religious and theological conference gatherings. While attending this conference does run the risk of listening to someone read eight pages of academic text in a monotone voice (not exactly our idea for a great time), and I wonder what it is about this conference that draws us to attend year after year?
 
Aside from the obvious response of having something academic to put on our CVs, we all go because it is a great place to connect with good friends and begin new relationships. We attend to be with our academic familia!
 
During the planning stage for the 2015 AAR gathering, Dr. Efrain Agosto (1998–1999 HTI  Postdoctoral Fellow, HTI Steering Committee Member, and past president of La Comunidad) reached out to Jacqueline Hidalgo (2007–2008 HTI Dissertation Fellow) and me to inquire if the Latina/o Religion, Culture, and Society Group would be interested in co-chairing a joint session to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Justo L. González (former HTI Executive Director). It was truly a no-brainer! What better way to spend two and a half hours during a scholarly conference then with friends honoring one of our own. We knew from the beginning this would be a great session, but as we built it the list of featured scholars made it a, you don’t want to miss event. This was the lineup:
 
Dr. Jean-Pierre Ruiz (St. John’s University, NY) kicked off the panel with a paper titled “Santa Biblia and Beyond: The Promise of Latino/a Biblical Interpretation,” looking back at González’ legacy as a pioneer Latino interpreter of Scripture, but pointing to the work still needing to be done.
 
Dr. Loida I. Martell-Otero (1999–2000 HTI Dissertation Year Fellow and HTI Mentor) professor of Constructive Theology at Palmer Theological Seminary followed with “Mañana: Constructing Latina/o Theologies - Issues and Opportunities,” which very much appreciated Gonzalez’ theological contributions, but pressed the need to continue to elaborate theologies from the perspective of the least represented.
 
Dr. Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi (HTI Mentor) professor of missions at the Southern Methodist University, honored Gonzalez’ legacy in the missionary field where his books have become the main textbooks for preparing pastors and church leaders. His paper was titled: “Interreligious Dialogue and Christian Mission and Ministry: Revisiting our Theological Agenda in Light of World Christianity Studies.”
 
Lastly, Dr. Fernando Cascante, executive director of AETH and The Justo Center, in his paper wove a brief history of three significant theological institutions “fathered” by González: “HSP, AETH, and HTI: Latino/a Theological Education since 1989.”
 
An additional highlight came when we heard a response to the panelists by Justo L. Gonzalez. Justo made us laugh, reminisce, and inspired us as he weaved stories as only he can do as the great Latino historian of Protestant Latina/o theology.  Immediately after his response, González was honored with the 2015 La Comunidad Lifetime Achievement Award in Scholarship and in his acceptance speech he exhorted us to continue pursue education in order to share the gift with others and continue to build up leaders for the academy and the church. It is at times like these when you look back and realize the many accomplishments among our Latina/o academic community are the result of collaborative efforts of a familia who builds bridges for others to continue in the journey. Kudos to the outgoing La Comunidad officers and the long list of Latina/o scholars who have made it possible for us to enjoy AAR/SBL meetings with our familia.
 
We at HTI are elated to see that the La Comunidad elected Steering Committee is composed of past and current HTI Fellows and HTI Scholars:
 
President:
Dr. Loida I. Martell-Otero (1999–2000 HTI Dissertation Year Fellow and HTI Mentor)
Palmer Theological Seminary/ Eastern University
Vice-President:
Dr. Sammy Alfáro (2007–2008 HTI Dissertation Fellow)
Grand Canyon University
Secretary:
Dr. Altagracia Pérez-Bullard (2014-2015 HTI Dissertation Scholar)
The Episcopal Diocese of NY
Treasurer
Dr. Paul Barton (2000–2001 HTI Postdoctoral Fellow)
Perkins School of Theology
 
At-Large Members:
Ángel Gallardo, ABD (2015-2016 HTI Dissertation Scholar)
Southern Methodist University
Dr. Wendy Arce (2014-2015 HTI Dissertation Scholar)
Graduate Theological Union
Lauren Guerra, ABD  (2014-2015 HTI Dissertation Scholar)
Graduate Theological Union
 

NEW PUBLICATIONS

Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 12.35.39 AM.pngStudies on the Text of the New Testament and Early Christianity: Essays in Honor of Michael W. Holmesedited by Daniel M. Gurtner, Juan Hernández (2004–2005 HTI Dissertation Scholar) Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Bethel University, and Paul Foster 
 
Format: Hardback
Volume: 50
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishing (2015)
Language: English
                            ISBN: 9789004285460

The collection of essays focuses on the twin areas of research undertaken by Prof. Michael W. Holmes. These are the sub-disciplines of textual criticism and the study of the Apostolic Fathers. The first part of the volume on textual criticism focuses on issues of method, the praxis of editing and collating texts, and discussions pertaining to individual variants. The second part of the volume assembles essays on the Apostolic Fathers. There is a particular focus on the person and writings of Polycarp, since this is the area of research where Prof. Holmes has worked most intensively.
http://www.brill.com/products/book/studies-text-new-testament-and-early-christianity


Common Goods: Economy, Ecology, and Political Theology
by Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre, Catherine Keller, Elias Ortega-Aponte (2009–2010 HTI Dissertation Year Scholar) Assistant Professor of Afro-Latino/a Religions and Cultural Studies at Drew University
 
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Language: English
ISBN: 9780823268436
 
This book brings together political theorists, philosophers, theologians, and scholars of religion to open discursive and material spaces in which to shape a vibrant planetary commons. Attentive to the universalizing tendencies of “the common,” the contributors seek to reappropriate the term in response to the corporate logic that asserts itself as a universal solvent. In the resulting conversation, the common returns as an interlinked manifold, under the ethos of its multitudes and the ecology of its multiplicity.
http://www.amazon.com/Common-Goods-Political-Transdisciplinary-Theological/dp/0823268446


Voices on the Corner
by Harold Recinos (HTI Mentor)
 
Paperback: 122 pages
Publisher:  Wipf and Stock Publishers (November 6, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN: 9781498229029
 
Harold J. Recinos is the son of a Guatemalan Father and Puerto Rican mother who at age twelve was abandoned to New York City streets. After living on the streets between the ages of twelve and sixteen, Recinos met a Presbyterian minister who had discovered the God of the oppressed while active in civil rights marches in the 60s. The minister took Recinos into his family, helped him kick a heroin habit, and enrolled him in school. Voices on the Corner documents life at the edges of American society in ways that are both personal and universal in the human experience. The poems provide a fresh insight into the existential experiences of people excluded from mainstream society. In a celebration of dazzling texture, poems here address issues of police brutality, gun violence, immigrants' rights, the blighted urban landscape, death, hunger, religious violence, drug addiction, pluralism, spirituality, family life, hope, and the pulse of everyday life in overlooked places.
http://wipfandstock.com/voices-on-the-corner.html
 

UPCOMING EVENTS
 
Annual ACTHUS Meeting
June 5th-8th, 2016
San Juan, Puerto Rico

The Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS) will be hosting its 2016 Colloquium this June. This year’s theme, which emerges from a conjunto process, will be “Who Do Ustedes Say That I Am?” based on Mark 8:28. This meeting, held in an oceanfront venue in San Juan, Puerto Rico, will allow participants to enter into a retreat or contemplative type of experience that will surely add to the stimulating presentations and conversations that will be shared. All attending are invited to Sunday evening’s welcome dinner, opening mass, and reception, which will begin at 6:00 pm. The event will conclude with the enlaces and a closing prayer at noon on Wednesday, June 8th.  
 
For more information and registration visit: http://www.achtus.us/meetings/


2016 Hispanic Summer Program
San Antonio, Texas

Registration is now open for this year’s Hispanic Summer Program, which will be held from June 18th-July 2nd, 2016 at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.
 
HSP 2016 Course Descriptions & Professor Bios:
 
Old Testament
Immigration and the Bible: Perspectives from Latina/o Experiences
Dr. Gregory Cuéllar, (2005–2006 HTI Dissertation Fellow) Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
 
The primary focus of this course is to engage in a critical reading of immigration in the Hebrew Bible. Privileging the final form of the text, the students engage in a critical analysis of biblical texts that center on themes of immigration, deportation, exile, return and diaspora. Informing our reading is the broader context of the U.S. Latina/o perspectives on diaspora and immigration.
 
New Testament
Revelations of Empire: Latin@ Readings of the Apocalypse of John
Dr. Jacqueline Hidalgo, (2007–2008 HTI Dissertation Fellow), Williams College
 
Perhaps the most interpretively difficult—and yet most popular—book in the Christian biblical canon, the Book of Revelation, takes its name from the Greek word apocalypsis, an unveiling. The Apocalypse of John directs readers to look for a heavenly perspective on the workings of the world, a perspective that may contradict and subvert dominant scripts of the world as it is. In this course we will read scholars who privilege Latina/o and Latin American histories and experiences as we explore questions about the work of religious imaginaries as participants in imperialism, counter-imperialism, resistance, and hybrid ambivalence.
 
Pastoral Care
Breaking the Cycle: Love Your Enemy
Mayra Picos-Lee, Palmer Seminary & Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America (BPFNA)/Bautistas por la Paz
This course will explore relational models that promote non-violent alternatives to conflict transformation in families, congregations and communities from a pastoral counseling and systems perspective. Jesus’ most radical commandment invites us to love even those who we may consider unlovable, including our enemies. Students will reflect on and analyze case studies that describe current social issues such as racism, sexism, family violence, and more, and propose appropriate non-violent responses that lead to conflict transformation from people of faith and pastoral counselors. By the end of the course, students will be able to identify, implement and practice the use of specific strategies for conflict transformation in their own ministry context.
 
Theology
Latina/o Theology
Dr. Orlando Espín, (HTI Mentor, Selection Committee member, and Book Prize reader), University of San Diego
 
If theology is not ‘books talking with books’ but Christian faith and hope engaging real, everyday life and contexts, then no theology can ever claim to be ‘generic’ or ‘universally valid’—because real, everyday life and contexts are neither. The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with the theological movement called ‘Latinoa theology,’ its contexts, sources, aims, themes, methods and development, and some of the main authors.
 
History
“Borderlands Missions:” A Historical Reflection of Christian Evangelization in the Southwestern United States
Dr. Teresa Maya, Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word
 
This course (offered bilingually) will explore the evolving understanding of Christian Mission through the lens of the ‘borderlands’ of Christianity. The Southwest was considered a ‘frontier’ for Christian Evangelization from the outset of western exploration of the American continent. The perception of distance and danger impacted the evangelization models used by both Catholic and Protestant missionaries for several centuries. Students will engage with primary resources and will get the opportunity to experience history ‘on site’ by visiting Missions and archives in the San Antonio area. The goal of the course will be to develop a comparative understanding of Christian evangelization in the Southwest.
 
Anthropology & Religion
¡Santo! Race, Ethnicity and Latino/a Spirituality
Dr. Edwin Aponte (1997–1998 HTI Dissertation Fellow), Louisville Institute
 
What shared Latina/o spiritualities can be viewed as authentic in spite of the tremendous and growing religious and experiential differences within this group? In this course we will explore the varieties of Latina/o spiritualities and focus on the ways in which Latina/os participate in the pursuit and practice of the santo or sagrado as part of their lived religion. We will explore various understandings of santo and its place in daily life, rites of passage, and worship in the hope that such explorations will provide theological resources for engaging issues of biblical justice in society, contextual racial identity construction, and confronting the evil of racism in the United States.
 
Worship/Preaching Colloquy
Preaching & Doing Liturgy from the Borders
Dr. Cláudio Carvalhaes, McCormick Theological Seminary
 
In this course students will wrestle with the place/idea/concept/reality of ‘borderlands,’ particularly from the perspective of the Latina/o thinker/artists Gloria Anzaldua, Guillermo Gómez-Pena and Oswald de Andrade. The group will examine what preaching and liturgy mean when one practices it from this complex, creative, dangerous, painful and blessed place of borderlands. During this week students will visit places, engage biblical interpretation, theological works, contextual narratives and artistic expressions from people that live/d in the borderlands. This course will pay special attention to the possibility of the construction of Latina/o perspectives on preaching and liturgy from the borderlands. The course offers the gift of creating liturgies and preaching by thinking through texts and actions. Note that this class will be responsible for planning the daily worship of HSP. This course is limited to 6 students.
 
To apply visit http://hispanicsummerprogram.org/hsp-2016-program-information/


AETH Biennial Assembly
 
Asociación para la Educación Teológica Hispana (AETH) will celebrate its 2016 biennial assembly on October 12-14 at Princeton Theological Seminary, followed by the Justo González Lecture Series. The AETH Assembly is made up of all its individual and institutional members. It convenes every two years and has the power to establish policy, guidelines, and programs.  More information will be available soon at http://www.aeth.org/en/biennial-assembly/
 


La Comunidad
 
Religion, Revolutionary Love and Women of the U.S. Southwest: Honoring the Legacy of Las Hermanas.
 
The members of the Steering Committee of La Comunidad agreed to join with the Latina/o Society, Culture and Religion Group again for the AAR/SBL 2016 meeting that will be held in San Antonio, Texas. One of the goals is to honor and celebrate the scholarship of Dr. Yolanda Tarango. In keeping with this year’s conference theme, this group seeks submissions, for a co-sponsored session with La Comunidad of Hispanic Scholars of Religion, on critical and/or comparative analysis of religion and transformational advocacy by indigenous women and other women of color in the U.S. Southwest.
 
This panel honors the legacy of Las Hermanas, a national organization of Latina women founded in 1971 that has achieved numerous transformational changes within Catholic ecclesial bodies, academia, and the broader U.S. society; we also consider the import of Yolanda Tarango in particular as a leader and a thinker. La Comunidad welcomes submissions from any academic discipline dealing with socially transformative religion from any tradition among these women of the U.S. Southwest.
 
Potential topics include, but are not limited to, religious institution-building, spiritual practices, and theological discourses that embody and strive toward fundamental social change. For more information, please go to https://papers.aarweb.org/content/latinao-religion-culture-and-society-group
 
La Comunidad is revamping its website. They have reactivated our Facebook page (La Comunidad) and created a Twitter account (@comunidadaarsbl). They appreciate your feedback regarding the kind of information that would be helpful to share through social media. Please feel free to contact them at lacomunidadhispana.aarsbl@gmail.com. Share any recent news regarding publication, milestones, or events that you want them to announce, as well as high resolution photos. Their goal is to keep you informed about these matters and other La Comunidad-related projects through email, Facebook, and Twitter accounts.
 
To join La Comunidad or renew your membership, visit:
https://sites.google.com/site/lacomunidadonline/membership
 

OPPORTUNITY
 
American Council on Education (ACE) Spectrum Aspiring Leaders Program
 
The ACE Spectrum Aspiring Leaders Program is designed to advance mid-level leaders from diverse backgrounds into senior leadership ranks of higher education.  The new ACE program is focused on attracting mid-level administrators from diverse backgrounds to increase diversity in the senior-level leadership ranks in higher education. The need for this purposeful programming is evidenced by their underrepresentation in senior leadership roles in higher education. 
 
This 2-day program is for mid-level administrators (typically department chairs, directors, and assistant/associate deans) with high potential for advancement in higher education administration.
 
The Spectrum Aspiring Leaders Program will provide participants with the opportunity to assess their current competencies and receive advice on creating a professional development plan and enhance their leadership skills in critical areas to enhance their career trajectory. The interactive program provides mid-level leaders with the opportunity to:
 
  • Hone leadership skills in critical areas such as fundraising, risk management, crisis response, working with the media and shared governance and accountability​
  • Strategic career mapping
  • ​Gain a better understanding of the inherent rewards and challenges of senior-level administrative positions, including the college or university presidency through exposure to outstanding leaders across higher education institutional types
  • Networking with leaders across the nation in support of diversifying the pipeline to senior leadership in higher education​
  • Faculty includes presidents, senior leaders and participants from the Spectrum Executive Leadership Program​

For more information, please visit contact InclusiveExcellenceGroup@acenet.edu or call 202-939-9390.​​
 
 
RESOURCES
 
INFORMATE
 
Not only is it important for people to be able to articulate their faith, but just as important is how to live it out.  Education on all fronts is vitally important.
 
As the Latina/o community continues to grow in the United States, government agencies like the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) are responding pro-actively by introducing online information about their many services.  Infόrmate, meaning “Inform Yourself”, is a monthly online newsletter produced by the ACF to inform individuals and leaders of churches and nonprofits about job training, child care, Head Start, temporary assistance for families struggling to get back on their feet, and other vital human services. One of ACF’s main goals is to be more inclusive of and responsive to the needs of the Latino community.
 
This month’s issue of Infórmate, which can be found at: http://bit.ly/Informate-February-2016  spotlights:

•  Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
•  Open Enrollment for 2016 Health Insurance is Over – But You May Still Have Options
•  Recognizing the Power in Communities to Address Child Maltreatment
•  New ACF Job Vacancies – Apply Today!

Trending ACF Family Room Blogs include:

#1. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
#2. Recognizing the Power in Communities to Address Child Maltreatment
#3. Our Care for Unaccompanied Children
#4. Presidents 2017 Early Learning Budget
#5. Supporting Children of Incarcerated Parents
#6 Welcome the New Office of Head Start Director
#7 April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
#8 Victims of Human Trafficking are Increasingly Getting Help and Staying Safe
#9 Earned Income Tax Credit Can Help Rural Families
#10 Improving the Future for Children of Incarcerated Parents

In case you missed it, see ACF’s blog “Our Care for Unaccompanied Children” at
http://bit.ly/Blog-Unaccompanied-Children

Access current and past issues of Infórmate visit http://www.acf.hhs.gov/informate, and do not forget to share the link with your community.
 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
 
Dartmouth College
Classic Department
Post-doctoral fellowship
 
The Department of Classics at Dartmouth College invites applicants for its newly-established academic diversity postdoctoral fellowship. Applicants for this position must be specialists in the literature, material culture, or history of ancient Greece or Rome.  Promising candidates will be:

(1) scholars from one of the populations historically underrepresented in the American university system (including but not limited to African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, or Latinos/as) /or/
 
(2) scholars whose experience, teaching, or research will enhance the diversity and cultural competency of the Dartmouth community. The intent of this fellowship is to foster the academic careers of promising scholars who have recently received their PhD. degrees by permitting them to pursue their research while gaining mentored experience as teachers and members of an academic department. The program also benefits Dartmouth by broadening the range of scholarly specialties, viewpoints, and experiences represented among our faculty.
 
This fellowship has a term of two years with a start date of 15 June 2016. Fellows teach one course and assist with two introductory-level, large-enrollment courses in each academic year. The fellowship comes with an annual salary of $45,500 as well as health benefits and an annual allowance of $5,000 for research-related expenses (including but not limited to purchase of a computer and travel). Postdoctoral fellows at Dartmouth enjoy full use of College resources such as the library, computing center, the Leslie Center for the Humanities, the Hood Museum of Art, and the Hopkins Center for the Performing Arts.
 
Dartmouth’s Department of Classics has nine full-time, tenure-track faculty members with a wide variety of research interests in languages, literature, material culture, and history. We maintain a vibrant academic program that enrolls in excess of 800 students each year. More information about the department can be found at:
 
http://classics.dartmouth.edu/. Dartmouth College combines a commitment to innovative scholarship with dedication to excellent teaching. Dartmouth is one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in New England (approximately 35% of undergraduates are Asian-American, African-American, Native American, or Latino) and is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
 
A letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference should be sent via Interfolio (*apply.interfolio.com/33293 *).  Samples of scholarly work should be sent only at our request.  Review of applications will begin on 1 March 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.
 
Questions can be directed to Paul Christesen, chair of the Department of Classics, at paul.christesen@dartmouth.edu.


North Park University
College of Arts and Sciences
Assistant Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies Tenure-Track
 
The College of Arts and Sciences Division of Humanities and Social Sciences and the North Park Theological Seminary invite applications for a full-time tenure track faculty position. This position will teach both Bible and Theology with a 2/3 course load at the undergraduate level in the Department of Biblical and Theological Studies and a 1/3 course load at the graduate level, ideally in Theology, in the Seminary. This position will focus on Latino/a Theology and/or Bible classes strongly incorporating Latino/a perspectives. The selected candidate will become a Faculty Fellow in the Office of Diversity as the advisor for the Latin American Student Association (LASO). In this role of Faculty Fellow, the selected candidate assists in supporting retention efforts of a growing Latino/a undergraduate student population. Candidates should have a strong commitment to academic scholarship, the ability to communicate well with students and colleagues. For the Seminary portion, the candidate should have the commitment to work with a strong program of ministerial formation that includes care for students. For more information on the North Park Theological Seminary please click here.

A PhD in a field of Biblical and/or Theological studies is required at the time of appointment. To be able to incorporate teaching insights drawn from Latino/a studies and cultural perspectives is desired.

Interested applicants should review the North Park Faculty Application and submit a letter of intent, current vita, three references, and official transcripts to:
 
Dr. Liza Ann Acosta
North Park University
3225 W. Foster Ave., Box 36
Chicago, IL 60625
 
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
 

University of Dayton
Campus Minister for Community Outreach

The University of Dayton, founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary, is a Top Ten Catholic research university. The University seeks outstanding, diverse faculty and staff who value its mission and share its commitment to academic excellence in teaching, research and artistic creativity, the development of the whole person, and leadership and service in the local and global community.

The Campus Minister for Community Outreach assists the development, implementation, support, promotion and evaluation of Campus Ministry's Center for Social Concern's opportunities for reflective community service that unite faith and action for justice. This campus minister provides co-curricular service-learning and civic engagement opportunities and student leadership development; educates students on social justice issues from a faith perspective; works collaboratively with various campus units on service, social justice and civic engagement programs; and cultivates and maintains mutually beneficial partnerships with Dayton area community service organizations to meet real community needs. This campus minister also oversees the development of service and social action student organizations. This is a ten-month position with full benefits.

To attain its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, inclusion and affirmative action and to equal opportunity policies and practices. We act affirmatively to recruit and hire women, traditionally under-represented minority groups, people of disability and veterans. 

For complete job posting, application information, and to submit resume, cover letter and list of references visit http://jobs.udayton.edu/postings/19643Deadline March 18, 2016


NEW FAMILY MEMBER
 
Prayers of thanksgiving for the birth of Isabel Ariela, the daughter of Mónica Rey, (2015-2016 HTI Comprehensive Exams Year Scholar) a PhD student in the field of Biblical Studies at Boston University.





FOR OUR PRAYERS
 
Please join us in prayer for Dr. Roberto Goizueta and his family, as they grieve the loss of their beloved mother and grandmother, Mrs. Olga C. de Goizueta, who died on November 16, 2015 in Atlanta, GA.
 
On November 29 2015, the mother of Rev. Joanne Rodriguez (HTI Director), Ramona “Norma” Olmedo, passed away unexpectedly. Please remember Norma’s family and friends in your prayers.
 
The mother of Dr. Manuela Ceballos (2013–2014 HTI Dissertation Year Scholar) is receiving treatment for a brain tumor. Please keep her and her family in your prayers.
 

JOB POSTING POLICY AND PROCEDURES
 
The Hispanic Theological Initiative is a valuable venue for you to attract candidates for open positions at academic institutions, church related organizations, and nonprofit organizations, among others. Your support provides a connection to the larger HTI community and you can benefit by attracting some of our great HTI scholars and supporters to your open positions.
 
The following policy and procedures have been adopted to provide guidance regarding job postings:
 
Positions will be active on the HTI website (www.htiprogram.org) for a period of three (3) months unless we are notified to change the status to closed/filled. Upon notification, the job posting will be removed from the website.
 
The job posting will be displayed and used in the exact manner in which it is submitted. Before submitting, please verify that all information is accurate and correct. Once submitted, HTI is not responsible for any errors in the posting.  Accuracy is the responsibility of the employer posting the position.
 
The cost to list a position on the HTI website, Facebook, and newsletter is $150 for non-member schools, and $100 for schools with HTI Scholar as faculty.  HTI member schools job postings are free of charge.  To list an open position, please visit: http://forms.ptsem.edu/hti/jobpost.aspx
 

KEEP US POSTED
 
As always, we ask you and all of our community members to keep us posted of any news items you would like to have considered for inclusion in the HTI newsletter by emailing us at hti@ptsem.edu. Remember to include pertinent information, such as website or email addresses, as well as any photographs (preferably in .jpg format). The deadline for receiving submission is the 20th of each month. Keep in mind that each submission should be no more than two paragraphs long. Your news and information helps make this newsletter better, so we want you to be a part of it!


HOW YOU CAN HELP

The future of many rising stars in the Latina/o academic community depends on getting the support needed to achieve doctorate degrees and earn positions of influence in the church and academy. The Hispanic Theological Initiative has a 20 year track record of success in putting scholars in a position to succeed. This is only possible with generous donor support.

You can make a difference with your donation. With every dollar you give, you provide opportunity for the best and brightest minds in the Latina/o community to reach their full potential and meet God’s plan for their lives. In every donation, is a contribution to empowering the Hispanic community with knowledge and the power to change the world for the better.

And so we ask you to stand with HTI and support mentorship, resources and opportunities for promising minds in the Hispanic community to serve the church, the academy and our world. These scholars make a difference in their work and you make a difference in their lives with your support.


 


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