A Reading List on Latinx and Latin American Theologies

A Reading List on Latinx and Latin American Theologies

  Theology is not the possession of a few intellectuals, but the reflection and work of the community as a whole. ¹ -Luis G. Pedraja Last year, I prepared and shared a reading list on Latinx and Latin American theologies. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, I have decided to update it to continue celebrating the [...]

18 Native American Voices to Learn From

18 Native American Voices to Learn From

“We must genuinely appreciate all cultures as being capable of reflecting biblical faith. We must move away from “American Christian mythology,” which undergirds colonization and its resulting paternalism in Indigenous communities. We must embrace new theological perspectives emerging from Native leaders as being ‘equal.’”[1] -Richard Twiss, Rescuing the Gospel from the Cowboys I don’t remember [...]

Cuando no encajas en la expresión de fe de tus padres

Cuando no encajas en la expresión de fe de tus padres

“Yo sé que no soy la mujer que ustedes quisieran que fuera.” Yo crecí asistiendo a una pequeña iglesia, relativamente rural (porque eso de la ruralidad tiene grados), carismática, de pocos recursos monetarios, pero con muchos recursos humanos excelentes, con un querido pastor, y una teología denominacional legalista. Mi estatus espiritual era medido en base [...]

12 Books on US Latino/a Church History

12 Books on US Latino/a Church History

The histories of the Latin American and the US Latino/a church are complex. We are the Brown Church, but we are not monolithic. Our histories no son la misma cosa - are not the same thing. They are complex and messy. They share differences, continuities, and discontinuities; and it is crucial for seminaries to acknowledge that. Here [...]

15 Books on Latin American Church History

15 Books on Latin American Church History

"When you come to Puerto Rico remember... that long before the Pilgrims knelt to thank God for their safe arrival, we were praying in churches almost a century old..." -Extract from a publicity pamphlet given to visitors Representation matters. However, too often, when the histories of people of color finally get a chance to be [...]

Living at the Intersections: Reflections of a Restless Latina on Theology and Identity

Living at the Intersections: Reflections of a Restless Latina on Theology and Identity

I live at the intersections. My physical features retell the stories of the oppressed and the oppressor. That is, stories of Conquista and colonialism; genocide and slavery; forced assimilation and revolución. The languages of those who came dance in my tongue, taking turns until they mix into that we call Spanglish. And now I find myself navigating the multilayered [...]

Subversive Submission: A Sermon Outline of Romans 13:1-7

Subversive Submission: A Sermon Outline of Romans 13:1-7

When I realized I had to present a sermon outline of Romans 13:1-7 I rolled my eyes. Every time I read Paul's words my reaction was "Yes... But..." It is no secret that this passage has been used to legitimize atrocities and perpetuate injustice in the name of [g]od. In this outline I try to make sense [...]

So… In Latin America they do not care about orthodoxy, right?

So… In Latin America they do not care about orthodoxy, right?

...a fellow seminary student asked, as he walked towards me at the library. Although the question sounded harsh, I could tell he was coming from a place of ignorance and genuinely wanted to know. I could not blame him. Many theological institutions claim to equip and prepare people to serve the global church, frequently pointing to the diversity of their [...]

Del amor a la iglesia y vídeos en Facebook

Del amor a la iglesia y vídeos en Facebook

Tengo más de diez borradores de escritos que he comenzado y he dejado a mitad por diferentes razones, que van desde el tan famoso bloqueo de escritor hasta una convicción de que no es el momento adecuado para traer a colación el tema. Sin embargo, hay temas que te alcanzan de alguna manera y es tu [...]