Harold J. Recinos, Professor of Church and Society at Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology, will shed light on the immigration debate as Palmer Seminary's 2011 Costas lecturer on Tuesday, October 4. The highly respected Latino scholar will lecture on the topic "Integrity of Mission: Christ Among Strangers."
The program is set to begin at 11:15 a.m. in the Seminary's Laws Chapel. It will be followed by a 1 p.m. luncheon. The cost of the luncheon is $15 per person and $8 for students. The lecture is free and open to all.
Dr. Recinos has taught at Perkins since 2002. His teaching specialties include anthropology of religion, North American Latino/a theology, racial and ethnic studies, popular religion, and urban ministry. Among his research interests is Latin American immigrants/refugees in the United States. His ministry and his teaching seek to explore and address issues of life and faith for people at the margins of society.
Dr. Recinos, who grew up on the streets of the Bronx, is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. As a United Methodist minister, he served a Latino parish, Church of All Nations, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan for seven years. He also worked in community development for The United Methodist Churches Board of Global Ministries.
Prior to coming to Perkins, he served as Professor of Theology, Culture, and Urban Ministry at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. His published books include Hear the Cry! A Latino Pastor Challenges the Church (1989), Good News from the Barrio: Prophetic Witness for the Church (Westminster John Knox, 2006); Who Comes in the Name of the Lord? Jesus at the Margins (Abingdon, 1997); and Jesus Weeps: Global Encounters on our Doorstep (Abingdon, 1992). He is the editor of Wading Through Many Voices: Toward a Theology of Public Conversation (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011) and, with Hugo Magallanes, Jesus in the Hispanic Community: Images of Christ from Theology to Popular Religion (Westminster John Knox, 2009). He is also a contributing editor for the Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology.
Dr. Recinos holds an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary, a D.Min. (parish ministry) from New York Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. (cultural anthropology) from American University.
For more information or to reserve a spot at the luncheon, call 484-384-2950.
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