Education Highlights

The Center for the Study of Latin@ Theology and Ministry

McCormick Theological Seminary
Chicago, IL
Fall, 2020

Course: Intro to the Tasks of Latin@ Practical Theology
Rev. Dr. Leslie Diaz-Perez

This course travels through the heart of Latin@ Practical Theology with the perspective of helping the student understand the nature and tasks of practical theology as a discipline with a focus on the Latinx context. This course exposes the student to the historical perspective of the Latino community in the United States. The course aims to examine denominational / congregational plans for Latinx ministries in addition to other pastoral criteria pertinent to Latino ministries.

Hispanic Summer Program

Oblate School of Theology
San Antonio, TX
Summer, 2019

Course: Extractivism – The Political, Emotional, Economic, and Religious Model of Our Times, A Liturgical Response (Preaching and Worship Colloquium)
Rev. Dr. Cláudio Carvalhaes

We can define the history of colonization as an extractivist process, extracting and plundering both natural and human resources for the profit of colonizers with the blessing of the colonial church. Nowadays extractivism is still a neo-colonial industry, a process and a result of the combination of agri-hydro business, patriarchal dominance, erosion of democratic processes, economical neoliberalism, controlling of collective emotions and Christian prosperity gospel. This class will pay attention to these joined processes and figure out ways to respond by interrogating liturgical theological thinking and ritual techniques in order to offer ways for spiritual liberation and social resistance.

Education

Columbia Theological Seminary

Decatur, GA, U.S.A.

MDiv & MA Practical Theology, 2021

Royal Holloway, Univ. of London

London, United Kingdom

MA Producing Film and Television, 2007

Webster University

St. Louis, MO, U.S.A.

BA Film Production, 2006

My aims in seminary education are:

  • Exploring how church and worship in the United States can evolve to affirm and include third culture Hispanic and Latinx persons.

  • Obtaining sound Biblical knowledge that bridges the gap between Hispanic and Latinx communities with LGBTQIA+ inclusive and affirming theologies.

  • Practicing spiritual/daily disciplines that reclaim the Cross as both a way of life and an affirmation of salvation through universal reconciliation theologies. This includes eating with people from various cultures, oral and written prayer, expressive prayer such as dance, standing with oppressed persons, standing up to oppressive persons/systems, and always observing the Sabbath.

  • Learning how to teach others to become proponents of their own story, and subsequently teaching others to listen to one another’s stories.

Conferences / Training