Katherine Guerrero
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The Hispanic House of Studies at Duke Divinity School will sponsor the 2020 Sumérgete Webinar Series featuring webinars on a variety of topics for laity, pastors, and other interested persons on theological topics related to the Latinx community.

 Registration is required to the free webinar series in order to receive monthly information and registration links for each individual webinar.

The upcoming webinars are:

  • Trauma Informed Pastoral Care: Defining Trauma, July 27, 2020, 5-7 p.m. Therapist Alvely Alcántara, a licensed clinical social worker specializing in mental health in North Carolina, will  introduce webinar participants to the concept of trauma and its ramifications for the Latinx community.
  • Trauma Informed Pastoral Care: A Pastoral Response, Aug. 24, 2020, 5-7 p.m. Local pastors will respond to the trauma webinar (above) being presented July 27. They will will tackle questions such as how should this knowledge of trauma help us care for our congregations and in what ways can we provide the best care? Speakers are: Alvely Alcántara, a therapist and licensed clinical social worker specializing in mental health in North Carolina; the Rev. Alma Tinoco-Ruiz, director of the Hispanic House of Studies and a lecturer in homiletics and evangelism at Duke Divinity; the Rev. Edgar Vergara, pastor of iglesia La Semilla; and the Rev. Luz Ponce, pastor of Unidos por Cristo.
  • Bridging the Divide between the Academy and the Church: A Conversation with the Latinx Faculty at Duke Divinity School, Sept. 28, 2020, 5-7 p.m. A panel of Latinx faculty at Duke Divinity will present on their experiences as Latinx in the academic world and explore how we can bridge the divide between the academy and the church. Speakers are: Edgardo Colón-Emeric, associate professor of reconciliation and theology and director of the Center for Reconciliation (CFR); the Rev. Alma Tinoco-Ruiz, director of the Hispanic House of Studies and a lecturer in homiletics and evangelism at Duke Divinity; Peter Casarella, professor of theology at Duke Divinity; and Nina Balmaceda, consulting professor at Duke Divinity and missional strategist at the Center for Reconciliation.
  • Bridging the Divide between the Academy and the Church: Emerging Latinx Scholars Reflect on Their Experiences in the Church and its Role in Their Theological Education, Oct. 26, 2020, 5-7 p.m. Duke Divinity Latinx alumni who are current doctoral students will discuss their experiences in the academy and the role the church has played in their theological education. Speakers are: Yolanda Santiago Correa, Ph.D. in Religion in Culture at Southern Methodist University, whose research explores Afro-Latinidad and its relationship to Christianity; Stacy Guinto Salinas, Ph.D. in Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, whose  research explores the faith and spiritual practices of undocumented immigrant women living in the southern United States; and Victoria Perez, Ph.D. in Religion at the University of Southern California, whose research explores Pauline literature, ancient Greco-Roman culture, race, ethnicity and gender, and reception history of Pauline literature. 
  • Public Theology from a Latinx Perspective, Nov. 23, 2020, 5-7 p.m. Daniel Camacho, associate web editor at Sojourners magazine, will speak on the importance of theological discussions in the public sphere. His work has previously appeared in publications such as The Christian Century, Religion Dispatches, America Magazine, ABC Religion & Ethics, TIME, The Guardian, and The Washington Post.
  • A Pastoral Response Post-Election, Dec. 7, 2020, 5-7 p.m. Balmaceda, consulting professor at Duke Divinity and missional strategist at at the Center for Reconciliation, will present on how to guide congregations through volatile election cycles and their results. She is a scholar-practitioner whose work focuses on civic leadership development and education for peace and reconciliation. Balmaceda is president of Peace and Hope International, a nonprofit that works through local organizations in Latin America to prevent and confront violence and other forms of injustice against the most vulnerable.