El Programa de Ministerios Hispanos/Latinos

The Hispanic/[email protected] Ministries Program of Perkins School of Theology advocates on behalf of Hispanic/[email protected] ministries.

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Don't forget to register for the Roy D. Barton Lectureship on September 21, 2020. All are welcome to this free event!
For more details and registration visit our website: https://www.smu.edu/Perkins/PublicPrograms/HLMP/BartonLecture

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Join us September 21st for the Roy D. Barton Lectureship featuring Dr. Luis Pedraja. You can register for this free webinar on our webpage: https://www.smu.edu/Perkins/PublicPrograms/HLMP/BartonLecture

¡No se pierda las inscripciones para el Curso de Estudio este otoño! Fecha limite es el 26 de agosto. Visite nuestro sitio web para mas informacion: https://www.smu.edu/Perkins/PublicPrograms/COSS


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HYLA Membership Application

Don't forget to register for the Hispanic Youth Leadership Academy! HYLA gathers youth each summer to discuss church leadership, discipleship, and a host of other theological topics. To register visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeZpAiProrTwEgK9gv9WfREEXSj3rlmMeY5WUT2XwSmJcs7PA/viewform

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The Hispanic/[email protected] Ministries Program at Perkins School of Theology will offer an online summer session of the Hispanic Youth Leadership Academy for high school students from July 20-22. The leadership development program is designed for Hispanic youth who are active in UMC churches and will be entering 9th -12th grade. Participants will explore the history of Hispanic Methodism in the United States, issues of discernment and vocation, and the importance of higher education. Cost of attendance is $50. For more information visit hylaumc.com or contact: Yolanda Santiago Correa at [email protected] or Rev. Raquel C. Feagins at [email protected]. To register visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeZpAiProrTwEgK9gv9WfREEXSj3rlmMeY5WUT2XwSmJcs7PA/viewform

El Programa de Ministerios Hispanos/Latinos de Perkins School of Theology ofrecerá un programa en línea de la Hispanic Youth Leadership Academy de julio 20 al 22 para estudiantes de secundaria. Este es un programa de desarrollo de liderazgo para jóvenes hispanos que participan activamente en iglesias de la UMC y que ingresarán al 9° hasta el 12° nivel de la escuela secundaria. Los participantes explorarán la historia del metodismo hispano en los Estados Unidos, temas de discernimiento y vocación, y la importancia de la educación superior. Para mas informacion visite: hylaumc.com. El costo es de $50. Para más información, favor de comunicarse con Rev. Raquel C. Feagins o Yolanda Santiago Correa a través de sus correos electrónicos: [email protected] y [email protected]. Inscribase: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeZpAiProrTwEgK9gv9WfREEXSj3rlmMeY5WUT2XwSmJcs7PA/viewform

Reflections on Afro-Latinidad
Andres DeArco

I have come to accept the fact that being Black and Latino cannot coexist equally in my life, one has to come before the other. Prior to the murder of George Floyd, my self-identity was heavily rooted in the understanding that my Blackness was the anchor to my Latinidad, yet somehow I could yoke these two terms into something malleable for people to understand me; when in fact there was not much to understand at all. As soon as I step outside, I am a Black male in a world full of systems specifically designed to perpetuate and enable the work of white supremacy.

This was the mindset shift that marked all the difference for me. As soon I saw this society not as a broken system, but as a system that is working exactly the way it was designed to work, I began to loosen my hold of my precious Latino identity and I instead began to embrace my Blackness at the forefront. This was not, however, a matter of choice. Being Black in the US is to live in a system that makes it a point to remind you every day of what can be inflicted on your body without consequence.

And that’s what torments me the most when I see George Floyd’s life being taken away. That aside from the horrific images on the screen, he is part of a larger project, one made up of stories unseen and unheard, of people just living lives, sacred in their worth, but dispensable in the eyes of society. I have come to understand that for every George Floyd there are hundreds more that remain without name, without a protest, without justice. How can being Latino remedy this reality? How can I cling equally onto an identity that doesn't fight back for me, that so often remains silent in the wake of my brutalization?

This is especially important considering that some of these unjust murders have come at the hands of Latino or “brown” police officers, (Trayvon Martin, Philando Castile, Sandra Bland’s arrest, etc). Unironically, our own Latin American countries all see a disproportionate amount of anti-black state violence perpetuated onto its black citizens. I cannot look to my home country of Colombia for refuge from these systems.

Protest for Black Lives Matter following killing of George Floyd

My Blackness is a truth that simply cannot be separated from my Latinidad, yet at the same time, my Latinx community refuses to fully address its existence. It is for this reason that the statement Black Lives Matter becomes so significant. Across the diaspora, Black lives share a fractured history that has left us in countries incapable of loving us like we have loved them. It is an imbalanced relationship that leaves us with no real sense of home but within each other.

What is our response to unbalanced racial relationships?
Now, in spite of this, I believe God calls us forward to dismantle this system. As followers of Christ, we are given no other option than to fight against white supremacy. But what does this look like? I believe that before we reach a place of racial reconciliation in this country, we must first be able to self-critique to a point where we can openly acknowledge our biases and prejudices. This, however, cannot be called justice. Acknowledging our own prejudice is just the first of many steps towards reconciliation. We see the shortcomings of this in the recent example of Amy Cooper, who was acutely aware of her position as a white woman to be able to weaponize her whiteness against a black man with whom she was in disagreement. Her racial awareness in that moment led to her utilizing her privilege as a weapon, knowing that upon arrival of police officers the odds would be in her favor and her false statements would hold more weight than the account of the accused man. If it were not for the video evidence, it could very well be the case that Amy Cooper today would be holding up a Black Lives Matter banner in apparent solidarity with the movement. Such contradictory action would not be an anomaly in today’s environment of publicizing trending social justice topics; and is the reason why simply acknowledging one’s prejudice comes up short.

As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr stated “the Negros greatest stumbling block towards freedom is not the White Citizens Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanners but the white moderate who is more devoted to order than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice.” This is what we as a society must look towards. Positive peace in the place of short-sighted acknowledgements of racism. I believe it is a work that we will not see fully realized in our generations, but one in which we are all called to participate in.

Andres DeArco reflects on Afro LatinidadAndres De Arco is a proud Afro-Colombian who is passionate about seeking creative educational and entrepreneurial platforms for black and brown communities in and outside of the U.S. Andres currently serves as the National Assistant Director to the United Methodist Hispanic Youth Leadership Academy (HYLA) and is pursuing a master’s degree at Harvard Divinity School. He is a member of Esperanza Viva UMC in the West Ohio Conference.

[email protected] Seminaristas #BLM statement

To Our Black Student, Faculty, and Staff Familia at SMU,

We are [email protected] Seminaristas, an ecumenical student organization united by our love for Hispanic-Latino/a/x activism and ministry. This means that our prayers and actions often extend beyond the Hispanic-Latino/a/x context, especially when the lives of Black people such as George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and other beloved children of God are taken by this nation’s despotism, police brutality, and white supremacy.

We acknowledge and exist in solidarity with the Black Seminarians Association (BSA), Black Lives Matter, and any other groups and individuals who represent ethnic and racial justice, including for women of color, LGBTQ people of color, and undocumented people of color. We support the initiatives of these organizations and their work to liberate Black lives from state-sanctioned violence, white supremacy, and other forms of systemic oppression.

We are abhorred that the president tries to score political points while invoking George Floyd’s name and lying to the public about his advocacy for Black people. We call for the president to use his platform to create a society of love and justice, not the one of division and hatred that he champions.

We are angry that in 2020 we must ask the police to not murder people of color. We call for the cities around the nation that promise to defund or dismantle their police departments to keep their promises in order to emancipate Black lives and those lives of other persons of color from the systemic lynching of police brutality.

We are appalled when political and religious leaders remain silent about the importance of Black lives and the systemic lynchings of police brutality and white supremacy. We call for them to use their platforms to acknowledge the intentional power dynamics of historic oppression that came about from the development of global capitalism and the formation of the modern nation-state from Transatlantic colonialism and slavery.

Jesus reminds us that everyone is our neighbor, not merely those who look like us, speak like us, or think like us (Luke 10:25-37). We call for all students, faculty, and staff at SMU to demonstrate with us the importance of Black lives.



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Course of Study School at Perkins School of Theology

There's still time to register for Perkins Course of Study this summer! Don't miss out on taking coursework while being part of a vibrant community. Register today by visiting: https://www.smu.edu/Perkins/PublicPrograms/COSS/2020COSS/COSSEnglish2020/2020Registration
Todavia esta a tiempo para inscribirse al Curso de Estudio este verano en Perkins. Aproveche la oportunidad de tomar cursos y ser parte de una comunidad de fe vibrante. Inscríbase hoy usando en enlace: https://www.smu.edu/Perkins/PublicPrograms/COSS/2020COSS/COSSEspanol2020/2020Inscripcion


NALEC: Seminario Sobre Reapertura De Iglesias

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Southern Methodist University (SMU)

Today is North Texas Giving Day! Make sure you donate to the Hispanic/[email protected] Ministries Program so that we can continue to support Hispanic-Latino/a/x church and nonprofit ministries!

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"We, as congregations and pastors with guaranteed appointments, can generously extend the privilege of our financial sustainability to ministry on the shaky edges of society. Nonprofit organizations complement the work of the traditional church with expertise supporting communities many of us have yet to know so that these communities may find in Christ, through the church, a generous friend. "

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Roy D. Barton Lectureship - SMU Perkins School of Theology

Registration for the 2020 Barton Lecture is now open! This year's speaker is Dr. Luis Pedraja, president of Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) in Worcester, Massachusetts. Dr. Pedraja has more than 20 years of higher education experience as an administrator and professor. Dr. Pedraja's work centers on how the increased knowledge of cultures and languages promotes intercultural affirmation. He is an advocate for increased access for groups historically underrepresented in the higher education system.

This year's Barton Lecture is September 21, 2020 in the Prothro Great Hall. Follow the link to register!


smu.edu Living in the Margins: Theology and Education in the New Decade  Speaker: Luis Pedraja, Ph.D.  The Barton Lecture's 2020 speaker is Dr. Luis Pedraja, president of Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) in Worcester, Massachusetts. Dr. Pedraja has more than 20 years of higher education experience as...


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Course of Study School at Perkins School of Theology

Have you heard? Due to COVID-19 health concerns, we are moving our Summer Course of Study completely online for this summer only! Don't miss out on taking coursework this summer. Visit our website to register before May 15th: https://www.smu.edu/Perkins/PublicPrograms/COSS/2020COSS/COSSEnglish2020/2020Registration
¿Ya escucho? Por razones de la pandemia de salud COVID-19, curso de estudio este verano se impartirá completamente en línea. Este cambio es solamente por este verano. ¡No pierda la oportunidad de tomar sus cursos! Visite nuestro sitio web antes de la fecha limite: 15 de mayo para inscribirse. https://www.smu.edu/Perkins/PublicPrograms/COSS/2020COSS/COSSEspanol2020


“Preaching to an Empty Tomb”

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[03/26/20]   W.J.A. Power Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew Jack Levison will host three free webinars entitled "Finding Inspiration in Isolation" on April 1, 8, and 15 from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Please bring your lunch and Bible. Each webinar will last 30 minutes and will be followed by a Q&A of Dr. Levison's newest book, A Boundless God: The Spirit according to the Old Testament. Please follow the link to register:


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