HSP 2020 Course Descriptions


Praying in Times of COVID19 and Other Disasters

This course will focus theologically and latinamente on Christian spiritual practices, such as preaching, prayers, songs, sacraments, healing, worship, exorcism and so on, as daily tools and decolonial political resources to defy the empire of death of our time. From Prosperity Gospel to indigenous forms of Christianity, we will seek to understand these practices from those who Frantz Fanon called “the wretched of the earth.”


Dr. Cláudio Carvalhaes
Associate Professor of Worship
Union Theological Seminary – New York City


Gender Studies

Decolonizing Latinx Sexuality

Latinx cultural identities and Latin American/Latinx Christian theological interpretations about human sexuality share the heavy burden of coloniality and its shaping of gender and sexuality through sexual violence. This course will examine concepts of decoloniality and how these may influence how we may work on decolonization of our theologies and cultural notions of sexuality. We will explore Latinx decolonial sexualities in texts, film, and other cultural expressions of fluidity, queer, and straight identities and the theological imperatives that have been used in interpreting these expressions.


Dr. Matilde Moros, Assistant Professor
Virginia Commonwealth University
College of Humanities & Sciences
Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies


Pastoral Care

Building Hope & Resilience in the Midst of Crisis & Pain

We are living in times of perpetual trauma especially for vulnerable people and communities of color as we are constantly subjected to the horrors of violence that affect us all and the world in which we live. Senseless killings such as they occurred in El Paso, Texas leave us angry, indignant and fearful; witnessing to the oppression and demonization of migrants and refugees is heartbreaking. As trauma has become more rampant and systemic, we need to cultivate new forms of presence that bring healing to ourselves, our communities and the world.

Throughout this course students will explore the dynamics of trauma in perpetuating violence and oppression and will learn to identify spiritual and psychological resources that help us to break away from the endless cycle of violence, and to reclaim at these crucial times, our presence in ways that embody peace rooted in justice.


Dr. Mayra Picos Lee
Senior Lecturer in Counseling & MTS Latinx Ministries Program Director
Palmer Theological Seminary



Faith and Justice: An Intellectual History of U.S. Liberation Theology

Liberation theologies are modes of theological discourse that rethink the meaning and purpose of religious thought and practice by placing attention on distinctive experiences of injustice and inequality encountered by different individuals and social groups. Although the liberation theology movement is now a global one, the United States has been the birthplace of a good number of liberation theologies. This course examines the emergence, development, emphases, and methodologies of four of these, including African American/black theology of liberation, feminist theology of liberation, Latinx theology of liberation, and LGBTQ theology of liberation. Besides offering students a solid introduction to liberation theology, the course also analyzes basic concepts underlying theories of injustice, domination, and oppression.


Dr. Benjamín Valentín
Associate Professor of Latinx Christianity
Yale University Divinity School