Desde el Otro Lado: Latino/a Perspectives on Church and Theology, Parts I and II; June 12-23

Part I

Latinos/as make up 38.8% of the population of California and are one of the driving forces in the vitality of Christianity in the state and around the hemisphere. Intended for church leaders of all backgrounds, this course will introduce students to the varieties of Latino/a experience in the United States, while also relating these experiences to Latin America, and explore ways in which these experiences and the resulting perspectives affect or enrich standards views on scripture, church, and theology.

The course will engage:

  • The importance of context in theology and hermeneutics
  • The Latino/a reality in the US
  • Issues of language and culture
  • Defining dimensions: Mestizaje, in-betweenness, exile, identity and generational issues
  • How all of this affects the reading and interpretation of Scripture, church history, theology, preaching, counseling, and church administration

Part II

Part II of Desde el Otro Lado will build upon Dr. González’s teachings of the Latino/a reality in the US and expound on the importance of context within theology and hermeneutics. It’s offered online, from June 19 – 23, under the leadership of Professor Filipe Maia.  Assignments for the second week will be sent to those who register for 3 credits.

About the Instructors

Justo L. González, instructor for Part I,  is one of the pre-eminent historians and theologians in the country.  Originally from Cuba, Dr. González is a prolific author, a consummate teacher, and a dedicated leader in his own Methodist tradition and the broader church.  He is a leading voice in the growing field of Hispanic theology. González helped found the first academic journal related to Latino/a theology, Apuntes; the Association for Hispanic Theological Education; and the Hispanic Theological Initiative. He was the first Director of the Hispanic Summer Program.

Filipe Maia, teaching assistant for Part I and instructor for Part II, is Assistant Professor of United Methodist Studies and Leadership Professor at Pacific School of Religion, Filipe Maia’s research and teaching focus on liberation theologies, the Christian eschatological imagination, theology and economics, and Wesleyan theology. Originally from Brazil, Maia’s scholarship pays special attention to the ways in which imaginations about the future shape politics, economics, cultural patterns, and religious practices.


Dates:  June 12-23, M-F
Location:  Pacific School of Religion’s campus, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley, CA 94904 (for Part I), online (for Part II)
Room: Mudd 102 (for Part I), Online (for Part II)
Instructor:  Maia
Credits: 3.0 (CEUs are not available for this course)

To Register

Current Pacific School of Religion or Graduate Theological Union students: Please search for the course on WebAdvisor in your student planning. Search for 4720-02.

For those who wish to take this course for academic credit who are not current GTU students: Please fill out this form to apply for Special Student Status.

Community members seeking CEUs: Please note that CEUs are not available for this course.

Alumni/ae, PSR faculty, PSR staff, Field Education Mentors/Supervisors, Emeriti Faculty, student spouses, and special guests of PSR: You may qualify for a discounted rate. Fill out this form and our Registrar will be in touch.

Questions? Contact Lyndsey Reed, Registrar, at lreed@psr.edu or 510-849-8285.

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