HSP 2019 Course Descriptions

Bible – New Testament

“Reading Paul Latinamente: Issues, Themes, and Methods”

Dr. Efraín Agosto, New York Theological Seminary

This course approaches selective readings of the New Testament letters of the Apostle Paul from the perspective of recent developments in Latinx hermeneutics, including issues of theology, ministry and ethics. In particular, we will offer close readings of Paul’s shorter letters that tend to show Paul addressing specified issues in these ancient Greco-Roman communities, that may or may not relate to current issues that impact U.S. Latinx communities in matters of religion, politics and social wellbeing. What does it mean to read the “Paulinist” materials Latinamente? Readings of Paul by Latinx biblical scholars and theologians will help us in this exploration of ancient texts in light of modern Latinx contexts.



“Re-Membering in the Borderlands: Gender, Trauma and Healing”
Dr. Adriana Nieto, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Borders often create conditions in which unequal power relations thrive. The potential for violence and conflict is ever present in border zones. Yet borders are inevitably crossed and transgressed and the resulting cultural, linguistic, and political milieu demonstrates resiliency, adaptability, and creativity of borderlands dwellers. Grounded in the U.S.-Mexico border experience, this course examines the ways in which violence and conflict, as well as creativity and healing manifest.


Interreligious Studies

“Religious Diversity in Latinx Communities”

Dr. Harold Morales, Morgan State University

This course explores issues around religious diversity as they are applied to Latinx communities. Toward this end, we engage case studies involving Christian, Yoruba, Jewish, Buddhist, and Islamic Latinx communities. We then examine discourse around pluralism through an in-depth study of how Latino Muslims problematize popular conceptions of Latinidad, of Islam, and of race-religion in the U.S. Throughout the course, we therefore seek to critically engage the discursive processes through which Latinx communities are described as religiously diverse as well as the ways that such diversity discourse has helped to shape contemporary concepts of Latinidad.


Liturgy – Colloquium on Preaching and Worship

(limited to 7 students)

“Extractivism – The Political, Emotional, Economic, and Religious Model of Our Times, A Liturgical Response”

Dr. Cláudio Carvalhaes, Union Theological Seminary

Since the beginning of colonization, a combination of agri-hydro business and religious colonial power have extracted and plundered both natural and human resources for the profit of colonizers. This extractivist system continues today through

  1. Political forms of populism and “democratic regimes;”
  2. The economic neoliberal market, and
  3. Current Christian expressions of faith.

These three factors combine to organize our desires, feelings and emotions, how we live and relate. In this course, we will examine the following:

  1. How these forms of extractivisms work;
  2. How extractivism is deeply linked to liturgical (belief-practices) expressions of faith, and
  3. How Christians can engage and respond through worship/preaching and religious forms of resilience and vulnerability.


Practical Theology

“Living into Pentecost: Leadership and Organizing for Ministry Today”

Rev. Canon Altagracia Pérez-Bullard, Ph.D., Episcopal Diocese of New York

Christian leaders face incredible challenges and opportunities for personal, communal, and social transformation. Using organizational theories, community organizing strategies and leadership models, we will explore theoretical and practical tools to equip leaders for relevant and vital ministries within and outside the church. Concepts covered: systems theories, leadership styles for change, community organizing, leadership development, radically inclusive congregational development.



“Border Theory and Migration in Theology and Philosophy”
Dr. Elaine Padilla, University of La Verne

This course deepens understandings of borders and migrations through a survey of theological and philosophical readings dealing with the construction of Latinx identities whose subjectivities have been located near, within, in relation to, and in-between the borderlands. Students will explore key models seeking to sketch a portrait on the meaning of the Latinx-subject at the hyphens of dominant social structures in the United States.