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
About the Instructor
Justo L. González 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.
Dates: June 12-16, M-F
Time: 8:30am– 12:30pm
Room: Mudd 102
Credits: 1.5 (2.0 CEUs)
Current Pacific School of Religion or Graduate Theological Union students: Please search for the course on WebAdvisor in your student planning. Search for STRS 4720-01.
Community members seeking CEUs: Please click on WebAdvisor, click on the yellow “Continuing Education” button, and search for STRS 0004 as the Course Code Number.
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.
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.
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