Renowned Methodist historian and theologian, Rev. Dr. Justo González, will be offering a Summer course on Latino/a perspectives on church and theology. The class will take place at Pacific School of Religion, in Berkeley, CA, from June 12 to 16 and can be taken for both academic credit and CEUs.
A native of Cuba, González is author of more than a hundred books on the history of Christianity, Wesleyan theology, and Latino/a religious experience in the United States. He served as the first executive director of the Hispanic Theological Initiative and a founding member of the Asociación para la Educación Teológica Hispana. An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, González is also the general editor of the Spanish edition of the Works of John Wesley and has served on the faculty of the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico and Candler School of Theology.
González’s course at PSR will offer reflections on the Latino/a experience in the United States and how such experiences shape different theologies and ideas about the church. 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 to strengthen the preparation of leaders of all backgrounds, the class will investigate issues of language and culture, key themes in Latino/a theology (e.g. mestisaje, in-betweenness, exile, identity and generational issues), and practical issues that affect that life of Latino/a communities.
Registration for González’s course can be done through PSR’s Summer Session website. For further information and questions, contact Dr. Filipe Maia, Assistant Professor of United Methodist Studies and Leadership at PSR at firstname.lastname@example.org.