The HSP Exchange 

Each month, the HSP Exchange invites a Latinx thought leader to reflect on pertinent and pressing issues for the Latinx community from their area of expertise. After brief remarks from our speaker, each HSP Exchange provides space for participants to discuss in small groups how this topic touches upon their work and context.

This initiative emerged in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, a global health crisis that in the United States has disproportionately affected Brown and Black communities. As we spoke with members of the HSP community—students, faculty, alumni—it became clear that people were craving ways to connect with individuals outside of their network, tools for ministering to their own Latinx communities, and resources for critically engaging the pressing realities of our time. Responding to these needs, the HSP Exchange was born.

This program was intentionally called the Exchange in reference to its vision and mission: to provide a space to exchange information, tools, resources, prayers, and support with one another. The Exchange is a site of intellectual inquiry, practical edification, and community building. In short, the Exchange is an opportunity to reflect on doing theology latinamente within the complex world we inhabit.

Since the program started, the Exchange has invited multiple thought leaders to center our conversation. The inaugural program, held on March 31, 2021 (the eve of Maundy Thursday), welcomed Dr. Cláudio Carvalhaes of Union Theological Seminary to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic requires a distinct liturgical response for Brown and Black communities who have been disproportionately affected by the global crisis. Nearly a hundred people joined our initial Exchange with many more watching Dr. Carvalhaes’ remarks after the event was held. Since then we’ve welcomed hundreds more to our Exchange events with topics ranging from Lainas and the Bible to Islam and Latinidad. We are excited for all the other Exchanges that are to come.


18th HSP Exchange 

Dr. Melissa Pagán
October 10, 2023 

19th HSP Exchange

Dr. Cláudio Carvalhaes
November 14, 2023

20th HSP Exchange

Dr. Efraín Agosto
December 5, 2023

21st HSP Exchange

Rev. Dr. Cristian De La Rosa
February 13, 2024

22nd HSP Exchange

Dr. Harold Morales
March 12, 2024

23rd HSP Exchange 

The Rev. Canon Altagracia Pérez-Bullard
April 9, 2023


17th HSP Exchange

  • “Play and Joy – A Way of Being/Doing Justice”
  • Dr. Claudio Carvalhaes, Union Theological Seminary
  • Wednesday April 12, 2023 at 7:00 PM (EST)

Watch on Youtube: TBD

16th HSP Exchange

  • “Migration, Resilience, and Trauma”
  • Dr. Mayra Picos Lee, Palmer Seminary
  • Wednesday March 8, 2023 at 7:00 PM (EST)

Watch on Youtube: TBD

15th HSP Exchange

  • “The Unpeeling of Whiteness: U.S. History of Immigration and Latinx Biblical Interpretation”
  • Dr. Francisco Lozada, Brite Divinity School
  • Wednesday February 8, 2023 at 7:00 PM (EST)

Watch on Youtube: TBD

14th HSP Exchange

  • “‘Minerva Garza’s ‘Historical Room:’ Gender, Material Culture, and the Preservation of Tejano Methodist History at San Antonio’s La Trinidad United Methodist Church”
  • Dr. Ángela Tarango, Trinity University
  • Wednesday December 14, 2023 at 7:00 PM (EST)

Watch on Youtube: TBD


13th HSP Exchange

  • “Heterotopic Saints in the Borderlands: Santa Muerte as a Case Study”
  • Rev. Dr. Daisy L. Machado, Union Theological Seminary
  • Wednesday November 9th, 2022 at 7:00 PM (EST)

Watch on Youtube: TBD

12th HSP Exchange

  • “‘God gave me my money’: The Prosperity Gospel and the Latinx Context”
  • Rev. Dr. Daisy L. Machado, Union Theological Seminary
  • Wednesday October 12th, 2022 at 7:00 PM (EST)

Watch on Youtube: TBD

11th HSP Exchange

  • “How does the material co-operate with the theological? What is at stake?”
  • Dr. Héctor Varela Rios, Villanova University
  • Wednesday September 14th, 2022 at 7:00 PM (EST)

Watch on Youtube: TBD

10th HSP Exchange

  • “Building Contextual and Transformative Ministries for Our Time: What Will You Lift Up?”
  • Arelis M. Figueroa, M.Div., Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice
  • Wednesday April 6, 2022 at 7:00 PM (EST)

Watch on Youtube: TBD

9th HSP Exchange

  • “Material Religion in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands”
  • Dr. Daisy Vargas, University of Arizona
  • Wednesday March 2, 2022 at 7:00 PM (EST)

Watch on Youtube: TBD

8th HSP Exchange

  • “The Nexus of Intercultural Studies and Theology”
  • Dr. María Pilar Aquino, USD
  • Wednesday February 2, 2022 at 7:00 PM (EST)

Watch on Youtube: TBD


7th HSP Exchange

  • “What’s HSP Got to Do With It?!”
  • Rev. Dr. Daisy L. Machado and Dr. Jorge Juan Rodríguez
  • Wednesday December 1, 2021 at 7:00 PM (EST)

Watch on Youtube: TBD

6th HSP Exchange

  • “Environmental Racism and Planetary Ethics”
  • Dr. Teresa Delgado, Iona College
  • Wednesday November 3, 2021 at 7:00 PM (EST)

Watch on Youtube: TBD

5th HSP Exchange

  • “Liberating Spiritualities in the Américas”
  • Dr. Chris Tirres, DePaul University
  • Wednesday October 6, 2021

Watch on Youtube: HSP Exchange with Dr. Chris Tirres

4th HSP Exchange

  • “Responding to Sexism and Its Impact on Church Leaders in Latinx Contexts”
  • The Rev. Canon Altagracia Pérez-Bullard, Ph.D., Virginia Theological Seminary
  • Wednesday September 1, 2021 at 7:00 P (EST)

Watch on Youtube: HSP Exchange with Dr. Altagracia Pérez-Bullard: Responding to Sexism and Its Impact

3rd HSP Exchange

  • “On the Topic: Islam, Latinidad, and Interreligious Engagement”
  • Dr. Harold Morales, Morgan State University
  • Wednesday May 19, 2021 at 7:00 PM (EST)

Watch on Youtube: HSP Exchange with Dr. Harold Morales: Islam, Latinidad, and Interreligious Engagement

2nd HSP Exchange

  • “On the Topic: Latinas and the Bible: Re-Claiming Voices”
  • Dr. Ahida Pilarski, St. Anselm College
  • Wednesday April 16, 2021 at 7:00 PM (EST)

Watch on Youtube: HSP Exchange: Dr. Ahida Pilarski

1st HSP Exchange

  • “Holy ‘Infested’ Week/Good Friday and the Earth: Is There Resurrection Coming?”
  • Dr. Cláudio Carvalhaes, Union Theological Seminary
  • Wednesday March 31, 2021  at 7:00 PM (EST)

Watch on Youtube: HSP Exchange: Dr Cláudio Carvalhaes March 31, 2021

Upcoming Exchange

Engaging the Center for Religion and Cities’ Good Life Project: Supporting and Documenting Emerging Visions for Communal Flourishing

With Dr. Harold Morales

Date: March 12, 2024

Time: 7:00 pm (EST)

Location: Online

Description: Religion in cities can help address spiritual and mental health, food and housing insecurity, violence, addiction, public education, and other social issues that emerge in urban environments. Efforts to address these issues by congregations and non-profit organizations are shaped by particular visions of human flourishing, many of which were transformed and reshaped by the COVID-19 Pandemic and racial reckoning early in the 2020s. As we prepare for the pandemic’s “aftermath,” what priorities should we center? How may we form healthier relationships with the land and among ourselves? And what does the good life look like now? With generous support from Morgan State University and the Henry Luce Foundation, this project examined and documented how marginalized communities in American cities navigated the pandemic to negotiate structural barriers and to imagine better futures.


Bio: Dr. Morales’ research draws on his roots in Central America and Los Angeles to focus on the intersections between race and religion and between lived and mediated experience. He uses these critical lenses to engage Latinx religions in general and Latino Muslim groups in particular. Dr. Morales is now focusing on developing public scholarship initiatives through his research on mural art and social justice issues in the city of Baltimore and through the Center for the Study of Religion and the City for which he received a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.


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