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Information on a wide variety of services of worship and programs that express the Institution's Christian heritage as well as its interfaith commitment.
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2019 Themes and Programming
Review the themes and programming for the 2019 Summer Assembly Season at Chautauqua here www.chq.org/2019 or click on the "INFO" button below. It won't be Chautauqua without you.

Vespers 5pm Mondays at the Hall of Philosophy
Cast in a vesper format at the close of the day and bookended by the beloved hymns "Day Is Dying in the West" and "Now the Day Is Over", these services combine the musical gifts of one of the world's largest singing congregations with the 125-voice Chautauqua Choir, all led by the 5,640 pipes of the Massey Memorial Organ. Many styles of music from the past five hundred years are presented, and a special feature is the inclusion of scriptural and devotional readings and prayers carefully selected to reflect each week's theme. Since 1907, every Sacred Song Service has closed with the playing of "Largo" from George Frederick Handel's opera Xerxes, a beloved custom which has been a vital part of the Chautauqua Experience for many, many people over the years. All services begin at 8 p.m. and last approximately one hour.
Chautauqua Dialogues
Join us Fridays at 3:30 on a porch at one of the religious houses to discuss the Department of Religion talks that occurred at The Hall of Philosophy. Sign-ups take place after the 2 pm lecture at the Hall of Philosophy Tuesday thru Thursday, or until the event is filled.
Morning Devotional: Rabbi Sharon Brous    Amphitheater
Rabbi Sharon Brous is a leading voice in reanimating religious life in America, working to develop a spiritual roadmap for soulful, multi-faith justice work in Los Angeles and around the country. She is the senior and founding rabbi of IKAR, which was started in 2004 and has become a model for Jewish revitalization in the US and beyond. With the goal of reinvigorating Jewish practice and inspiring people of faith to reclaim a moral and prophetic voice, IKAR quickly became one of the fastest growing and most influential Jewish congregations in the country. Today it is credited with sparking a rethinking of religious life in a time of unprecedented disaffection and declining affiliation. Brous’s 2016 TED talk, “Reclaiming Religion,” has been viewed by more than 1.3 million people and translated into 20 languages. In 2013, she blessed President Obama and Vice President Biden at the Inaugural National Prayer Service, and Mayor Eric Garcetti at his inauguration in LA in 2017. She spoke at the Women’s March in Washington, DC in 2017, and at the national launch of the Poor People’s Campaign and the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in 2018. Brous was named #1 on the Newsweek/The Daily Beast list of the most influential Rabbis in America, and has been recognized by The Forwardand the Jerusalem Post as one of the fifty most influential Jews. She was featured on the cover of TIME magazine in 2018 based on Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms. Brous is in the inaugural cohort of Auburn Seminary's Senior Fellows program, which unites top faith leaders working on the frontlines for justice. Brous also sits on Mayor’s Interfaith Collective and on the faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute-North America and REBOOT, and serves on the International Council of the New Israel Fund and the national steering committee for the Poor People’s Campaign. Rabbi Brous is a graduate of Columbia University, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.
Morning Devotional: Rabbi Sharon Brous    Amphitheater
Rabbi Sharon Brous is a leading voice in reanimating religious life in America, working to develop a spiritual roadmap for soulful, multi-faith justice work in Los Angeles and around the country. She is the senior and founding rabbi of IKAR, which was started in 2004 and has become a model for Jewish revitalization in the US and beyond. With the goal of reinvigorating Jewish practice and inspiring people of faith to reclaim a moral and prophetic voice, IKAR quickly became one of the fastest growing and most influential Jewish congregations in the country. Today it is credited with sparking a rethinking of religious life in a time of unprecedented disaffection and declining affiliation. Brous’s 2016 TED talk, “Reclaiming Religion,” has been viewed by more than 1.3 million people and translated into 20 languages. In 2013, she blessed President Obama and Vice President Biden at the Inaugural National Prayer Service, and Mayor Eric Garcetti at his inauguration in LA in 2017. She spoke at the Women’s March in Washington, DC in 2017, and at the national launch of the Poor People’s Campaign and the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in 2018. Brous was named #1 on the Newsweek/The Daily Beast list of the most influential Rabbis in America, and has been recognized by The Forwardand the Jerusalem Post as one of the fifty most influential Jews. She was featured on the cover of TIME magazine in 2018 based on Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms. Brous is in the inaugural cohort of Auburn Seminary's Senior Fellows program, which unites top faith leaders working on the frontlines for justice. Brous also sits on Mayor’s Interfaith Collective and on the faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute-North America and REBOOT, and serves on the International Council of the New Israel Fund and the national steering committee for the Poor People’s Campaign. Rabbi Brous is a graduate of Columbia University, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.
Morning Devotional: Rabbi Sharon Brous    Amphitheater
Rabbi Sharon Brous is a leading voice in reanimating religious life in America, working to develop a spiritual roadmap for soulful, multi-faith justice work in Los Angeles and around the country. She is the senior and founding rabbi of IKAR, which was started in 2004 and has become a model for Jewish revitalization in the US and beyond. With the goal of reinvigorating Jewish practice and inspiring people of faith to reclaim a moral and prophetic voice, IKAR quickly became one of the fastest growing and most influential Jewish congregations in the country. Today it is credited with sparking a rethinking of religious life in a time of unprecedented disaffection and declining affiliation. Brous’s 2016 TED talk, “Reclaiming Religion,” has been viewed by more than 1.3 million people and translated into 20 languages. In 2013, she blessed President Obama and Vice President Biden at the Inaugural National Prayer Service, and Mayor Eric Garcetti at his inauguration in LA in 2017. She spoke at the Women’s March in Washington, DC in 2017, and at the national launch of the Poor People’s Campaign and the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in 2018. Brous was named #1 on the Newsweek/The Daily Beast list of the most influential Rabbis in America, and has been recognized by The Forwardand the Jerusalem Post as one of the fifty most influential Jews. She was featured on the cover of TIME magazine in 2018 based on Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms. Brous is in the inaugural cohort of Auburn Seminary's Senior Fellows program, which unites top faith leaders working on the frontlines for justice. Brous also sits on Mayor’s Interfaith Collective and on the faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute-North America and REBOOT, and serves on the International Council of the New Israel Fund and the national steering committee for the Poor People’s Campaign. Rabbi Brous is a graduate of Columbia University, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.
Morning Devotional: Rabbi Sharon Brous    Amphitheater
Rabbi Sharon Brous is a leading voice in reanimating religious life in America, working to develop a spiritual roadmap for soulful, multi-faith justice work in Los Angeles and around the country. She is the senior and founding rabbi of IKAR, which was started in 2004 and has become a model for Jewish revitalization in the US and beyond. With the goal of reinvigorating Jewish practice and inspiring people of faith to reclaim a moral and prophetic voice, IKAR quickly became one of the fastest growing and most influential Jewish congregations in the country. Today it is credited with sparking a rethinking of religious life in a time of unprecedented disaffection and declining affiliation. Brous’s 2016 TED talk, “Reclaiming Religion,” has been viewed by more than 1.3 million people and translated into 20 languages. In 2013, she blessed President Obama and Vice President Biden at the Inaugural National Prayer Service, and Mayor Eric Garcetti at his inauguration in LA in 2017. She spoke at the Women’s March in Washington, DC in 2017, and at the national launch of the Poor People’s Campaign and the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in 2018. Brous was named #1 on the Newsweek/The Daily Beast list of the most influential Rabbis in America, and has been recognized by The Forwardand the Jerusalem Post as one of the fifty most influential Jews. She was featured on the cover of TIME magazine in 2018 based on Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms. Brous is in the inaugural cohort of Auburn Seminary's Senior Fellows program, which unites top faith leaders working on the frontlines for justice. Brous also sits on Mayor’s Interfaith Collective and on the faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute-North America and REBOOT, and serves on the International Council of the New Israel Fund and the national steering committee for the Poor People’s Campaign. Rabbi Brous is a graduate of Columbia University, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.
Morning Devotional: Rabbi Sharon Brous    Amphitheater
Rabbi Sharon Brous is a leading voice in reanimating religious life in America, working to develop a spiritual roadmap for soulful, multi-faith justice work in Los Angeles and around the country. She is the senior and founding rabbi of IKAR, which was started in 2004 and has become a model for Jewish revitalization in the US and beyond. With the goal of reinvigorating Jewish practice and inspiring people of faith to reclaim a moral and prophetic voice, IKAR quickly became one of the fastest growing and most influential Jewish congregations in the country. Today it is credited with sparking a rethinking of religious life in a time of unprecedented disaffection and declining affiliation. Brous’s 2016 TED talk, “Reclaiming Religion,” has been viewed by more than 1.3 million people and translated into 20 languages. In 2013, she blessed President Obama and Vice President Biden at the Inaugural National Prayer Service, and Mayor Eric Garcetti at his inauguration in LA in 2017. She spoke at the Women’s March in Washington, DC in 2017, and at the national launch of the Poor People’s Campaign and the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in 2018. Brous was named #1 on the Newsweek/The Daily Beast list of the most influential Rabbis in America, and has been recognized by The Forwardand the Jerusalem Post as one of the fifty most influential Jews. She was featured on the cover of TIME magazine in 2018 based on Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms. Brous is in the inaugural cohort of Auburn Seminary's Senior Fellows program, which unites top faith leaders working on the frontlines for justice. Brous also sits on Mayor’s Interfaith Collective and on the faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute-North America and REBOOT, and serves on the International Council of the New Israel Fund and the national steering committee for the Poor People’s Campaign. Rabbi Brous is a graduate of Columbia University, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.
Morning Devotional: Rev. Zina Jacque    Amphitheater
Zina Jacque is the Lead Pastor at the Community Church of Barrington in Illinois. She has served on the staffs of multicultural, urban, and suburban churches, and has done extensive work in the areas of education, counseling, and support programs. Jacque was the founder and first Executive Director of the Pastoral Counseling Center of Trinity Church (Episcopal) in Boston. In this role she implemented training on mental health issues for local pastors and led the Center in the delivery of direct service hours to economically disenfranchised people across greater Boston. The center is now in its 18th year and remains a unique center serving the greater Boston area. Previously Jacque served as the Protestant Chaplin at Bentley College, and as the Executive Director of the Boston Ten Point Coalition, where she served as a key member of the Boston program of violence reduction: Operation Ceasefire. Prior to entering ministry Rev. Jacque completed a 20+ year career in higher education serving in senior positions at Northwestern, the University of Chicago, Mills College (Oakland, CA), and the University of California (both Santa Cruz and the Office of the President). Jacque holds a Ph.D. in Theology (Practical Theology) and a Masters of Divinity degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Boston University, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a B.A. from Northwestern University. She has served as an adjunct professor of Pastoral Care at the University of Chicago and Boston University. She serves on the boards of the American Baptist Churches USA (Board of General Ministries), Journey Care Hospice and Palliative Care Center, National Senior Campuses, Samaritan Counseling Center of Northwest Illinois, and the Barrington Area Ministerial Alliance, among others. But what is most important to her is this, she is a child of God, formed and filled with God’s love. She believes we are each sent into the world to live out our gifts and talents for the good of the whole, and that, as Christians, we are meant to be the channel through which all of the families of the earth are blessed.
Morning Devotional: Rev. Zina Jacque    Amphitheater
Zina Jacque is the Lead Pastor at the Community Church of Barrington in Illinois. She has served on the staffs of multicultural, urban, and suburban churches, and has done extensive work in the areas of education, counseling, and support programs. Jacque was the founder and first Executive Director of the Pastoral Counseling Center of Trinity Church (Episcopal) in Boston. In this role she implemented training on mental health issues for local pastors and led the Center in the delivery of direct service hours to economically disenfranchised people across greater Boston. The center is now in its 18th year and remains a unique center serving the greater Boston area. Previously Jacque served as the Protestant Chaplin at Bentley College, and as the Executive Director of the Boston Ten Point Coalition, where she served as a key member of the Boston program of violence reduction: Operation Ceasefire. Prior to entering ministry Rev. Jacque completed a 20+ year career in higher education serving in senior positions at Northwestern, the University of Chicago, Mills College (Oakland, CA), and the University of California (both Santa Cruz and the Office of the President). Jacque holds a Ph.D. in Theology (Practical Theology) and a Masters of Divinity degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Boston University, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a B.A. from Northwestern University. She has served as an adjunct professor of Pastoral Care at the University of Chicago and Boston University. She serves on the boards of the American Baptist Churches USA (Board of General Ministries), Journey Care Hospice and Palliative Care Center, National Senior Campuses, Samaritan Counseling Center of Northwest Illinois, and the Barrington Area Ministerial Alliance, among others. But what is most important to her is this, she is a child of God, formed and filled with God’s love. She believes we are each sent into the world to live out our gifts and talents for the good of the whole, and that, as Christians, we are meant to be the channel through which all of the families of the earth are blessed.
Morning Devotional: Rev. Zina Jacque    Amphitheater
Zina Jacque is the Lead Pastor at the Community Church of Barrington in Illinois. She has served on the staffs of multicultural, urban, and suburban churches, and has done extensive work in the areas of education, counseling, and support programs. Jacque was the founder and first Executive Director of the Pastoral Counseling Center of Trinity Church (Episcopal) in Boston. In this role she implemented training on mental health issues for local pastors and led the Center in the delivery of direct service hours to economically disenfranchised people across greater Boston. The center is now in its 18th year and remains a unique center serving the greater Boston area. Previously Jacque served as the Protestant Chaplin at Bentley College, and as the Executive Director of the Boston Ten Point Coalition, where she served as a key member of the Boston program of violence reduction: Operation Ceasefire. Prior to entering ministry Rev. Jacque completed a 20+ year career in higher education serving in senior positions at Northwestern, the University of Chicago, Mills College (Oakland, CA), and the University of California (both Santa Cruz and the Office of the President). Jacque holds a Ph.D. in Theology (Practical Theology) and a Masters of Divinity degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Boston University, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a B.A. from Northwestern University. She has served as an adjunct professor of Pastoral Care at the University of Chicago and Boston University. She serves on the boards of the American Baptist Churches USA (Board of General Ministries), Journey Care Hospice and Palliative Care Center, National Senior Campuses, Samaritan Counseling Center of Northwest Illinois, and the Barrington Area Ministerial Alliance, among others. But what is most important to her is this, she is a child of God, formed and filled with God’s love. She believes we are each sent into the world to live out our gifts and talents for the good of the whole, and that, as Christians, we are meant to be the channel through which all of the families of the earth are blessed.
Morning Devotional: Rev. Zina Jacque    Amphitheater
Zina Jacque is the Lead Pastor at the Community Church of Barrington in Illinois. She has served on the staffs of multicultural, urban, and suburban churches, and has done extensive work in the areas of education, counseling, and support programs. Jacque was the founder and first Executive Director of the Pastoral Counseling Center of Trinity Church (Episcopal) in Boston. In this role she implemented training on mental health issues for local pastors and led the Center in the delivery of direct service hours to economically disenfranchised people across greater Boston. The center is now in its 18th year and remains a unique center serving the greater Boston area. Previously Jacque served as the Protestant Chaplin at Bentley College, and as the Executive Director of the Boston Ten Point Coalition, where she served as a key member of the Boston program of violence reduction: Operation Ceasefire. Prior to entering ministry Rev. Jacque completed a 20+ year career in higher education serving in senior positions at Northwestern, the University of Chicago, Mills College (Oakland, CA), and the University of California (both Santa Cruz and the Office of the President). Jacque holds a Ph.D. in Theology (Practical Theology) and a Masters of Divinity degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Boston University, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a B.A. from Northwestern University. She has served as an adjunct professor of Pastoral Care at the University of Chicago and Boston University. She serves on the boards of the American Baptist Churches USA (Board of General Ministries), Journey Care Hospice and Palliative Care Center, National Senior Campuses, Samaritan Counseling Center of Northwest Illinois, and the Barrington Area Ministerial Alliance, among others. But what is most important to her is this, she is a child of God, formed and filled with God’s love. She believes we are each sent into the world to live out our gifts and talents for the good of the whole, and that, as Christians, we are meant to be the channel through which all of the families of the earth are blessed.
Morning Devotional: Rev. Zina Jacque    Amphitheater
Zina Jacque is the Lead Pastor at the Community Church of Barrington in Illinois. She has served on the staffs of multicultural, urban, and suburban churches, and has done extensive work in the areas of education, counseling, and support programs. Jacque was the founder and first Executive Director of the Pastoral Counseling Center of Trinity Church (Episcopal) in Boston. In this role she implemented training on mental health issues for local pastors and led the Center in the delivery of direct service hours to economically disenfranchised people across greater Boston. The center is now in its 18th year and remains a unique center serving the greater Boston area. Previously Jacque served as the Protestant Chaplin at Bentley College, and as the Executive Director of the Boston Ten Point Coalition, where she served as a key member of the Boston program of violence reduction: Operation Ceasefire. Prior to entering ministry Rev. Jacque completed a 20+ year career in higher education serving in senior positions at Northwestern, the University of Chicago, Mills College (Oakland, CA), and the University of California (both Santa Cruz and the Office of the President). Jacque holds a Ph.D. in Theology (Practical Theology) and a Masters of Divinity degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Boston University, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a B.A. from Northwestern University. She has served as an adjunct professor of Pastoral Care at the University of Chicago and Boston University. She serves on the boards of the American Baptist Churches USA (Board of General Ministries), Journey Care Hospice and Palliative Care Center, National Senior Campuses, Samaritan Counseling Center of Northwest Illinois, and the Barrington Area Ministerial Alliance, among others. But what is most important to her is this, she is a child of God, formed and filled with God’s love. She believes we are each sent into the world to live out our gifts and talents for the good of the whole, and that, as Christians, we are meant to be the channel through which all of the families of the earth are blessed.
Morning Devotional: Miguel De La Torre    Amphitheater
Born in Cuba months before the Castro Revolution, Miguel De La Torre and his family came to the United States as refugees when he was six months old. At the age of nineteen, he began a real estate company in Miami, Florida, and became active in local politics, at one point a candidate for the Florida House of Representatives. The company was a financial success. Convicted by the biblical passage concerning the “Rich Young Ruler (Luke 18),” however, De La Torre dissolved his thirteen-year-old firm and attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in order to obtain a Masters in Divinity. During his seminary training he served as pastor to a rural congregation. Lacking opportunities within the church structure due to ethnic discrimination, however, De La Torre continued his theological training and obtained a doctoral. The focus of his academic pursuit was social ethics within contemporary U.S. thought, specifically how religion affects race, class, and gender oppression. He specialized in applying a social scientific approach to Latino/a religiosity within this country, Liberation theologies in the Caribbean and Latin America, and postmodern/postcolonial social theory. De La Torre is one of the most (if not the most) prolific contemporary Latinx religion scholars. Since obtaining his doctoral in 1999, Dr. Miguel De La Torre has authored several hundred articles and over thirty-two books, including the national award-winning Reading the Bible from the Margins, (Orbis, 2002); Santería: The Beliefs and Rituals of a Growing Religion in America (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2004); Doing Christian Ethics from the Margins, (Orbis, 2004); and the two-volume Encyclopedia on Hispanic American Religious Cultures (ABC-CLIO, 2009). He presently serves as Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at Iliff School of Theology in Denver. Within the academy he is a past-director to the American Academy of Religion, 2012 and served as co-chair of its Ethics Section; President of the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Executive Officer (and cofounder) of the Society of Race, Ethnicity and Religion. Additionally, he is the founding editor of the “Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion.” A scholar-activist, Dr. De La Torre has written numerous articles in popular media, https://ourlucha.wordpress.com/ and has served on several civic organizations. De La Torre received a Fulbright Specialists Scholarship allowing him to teach at Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia during the summer of 2012. He has also taught classes at Johannesburg University in South Africa (Fall 2014) and Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany (Fall 2015). He recently received a Louisville Institute Grant that will allow him to do research in Cuba for an upcoming book on the Political Theology of José Martí.
Morning Devotional: Miguel De La Torre    Amphitheater
Born in Cuba months before the Castro Revolution, Miguel De La Torre and his family came to the United States as refugees when he was six months old. At the age of nineteen, he began a real estate company in Miami, Florida, and became active in local politics, at one point a candidate for the Florida House of Representatives. The company was a financial success. Convicted by the biblical passage concerning the “Rich Young Ruler (Luke 18),” however, De La Torre dissolved his thirteen-year-old firm and attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in order to obtain a Masters in Divinity. During his seminary training he served as pastor to a rural congregation. Lacking opportunities within the church structure due to ethnic discrimination, however, De La Torre continued his theological training and obtained a doctoral. The focus of his academic pursuit was social ethics within contemporary U.S. thought, specifically how religion affects race, class, and gender oppression. He specialized in applying a social scientific approach to Latino/a religiosity within this country, Liberation theologies in the Caribbean and Latin America, and postmodern/postcolonial social theory. De La Torre is one of the most (if not the most) prolific contemporary Latinx religion scholars. Since obtaining his doctoral in 1999, Dr. Miguel De La Torre has authored several hundred articles and over thirty-two books, including the national award-winning Reading the Bible from the Margins, (Orbis, 2002); Santería: The Beliefs and Rituals of a Growing Religion in America (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2004); Doing Christian Ethics from the Margins, (Orbis, 2004); and the two-volume Encyclopedia on Hispanic American Religious Cultures (ABC-CLIO, 2009). He presently serves as Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at Iliff School of Theology in Denver. Within the academy he is a past-director to the American Academy of Religion, 2012 and served as co-chair of its Ethics Section; President of the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Executive Officer (and cofounder) of the Society of Race, Ethnicity and Religion. Additionally, he is the founding editor of the “Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion.” A scholar-activist, Dr. De La Torre has written numerous articles in popular media, https://ourlucha.wordpress.com/ and has served on several civic organizations. De La Torre received a Fulbright Specialists Scholarship allowing him to teach at Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia during the summer of 2012. He has also taught classes at Johannesburg University in South Africa (Fall 2014) and Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany (Fall 2015). He recently received a Louisville Institute Grant that will allow him to do research in Cuba for an upcoming book on the Political Theology of José Martí.
Morning Devotional: Miguel De La Torre    Amphitheater
Born in Cuba months before the Castro Revolution, Miguel De La Torre and his family came to the United States as refugees when he was six months old. At the age of nineteen, he began a real estate company in Miami, Florida, and became active in local politics, at one point a candidate for the Florida House of Representatives. The company was a financial success. Convicted by the biblical passage concerning the “Rich Young Ruler (Luke 18),” however, De La Torre dissolved his thirteen-year-old firm and attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in order to obtain a Masters in Divinity. During his seminary training he served as pastor to a rural congregation. Lacking opportunities within the church structure due to ethnic discrimination, however, De La Torre continued his theological training and obtained a doctoral. The focus of his academic pursuit was social ethics within contemporary U.S. thought, specifically how religion affects race, class, and gender oppression. He specialized in applying a social scientific approach to Latino/a religiosity within this country, Liberation theologies in the Caribbean and Latin America, and postmodern/postcolonial social theory. De La Torre is one of the most (if not the most) prolific contemporary Latinx religion scholars. Since obtaining his doctoral in 1999, Dr. Miguel De La Torre has authored several hundred articles and over thirty-two books, including the national award-winning Reading the Bible from the Margins, (Orbis, 2002); Santería: The Beliefs and Rituals of a Growing Religion in America (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2004); Doing Christian Ethics from the Margins, (Orbis, 2004); and the two-volume Encyclopedia on Hispanic American Religious Cultures (ABC-CLIO, 2009). He presently serves as Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at Iliff School of Theology in Denver. Within the academy he is a past-director to the American Academy of Religion, 2012 and served as co-chair of its Ethics Section; President of the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Executive Officer (and cofounder) of the Society of Race, Ethnicity and Religion. Additionally, he is the founding editor of the “Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion.” A scholar-activist, Dr. De La Torre has written numerous articles in popular media, https://ourlucha.wordpress.com/ and has served on several civic organizations. De La Torre received a Fulbright Specialists Scholarship allowing him to teach at Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia during the summer of 2012. He has also taught classes at Johannesburg University in South Africa (Fall 2014) and Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany (Fall 2015). He recently received a Louisville Institute Grant that will allow him to do research in Cuba for an upcoming book on the Political Theology of José Martí.
Morning Devotional: Miguel De La Torre    Amphitheater
Born in Cuba months before the Castro Revolution, Miguel De La Torre and his family came to the United States as refugees when he was six months old. At the age of nineteen, he began a real estate company in Miami, Florida, and became active in local politics, at one point a candidate for the Florida House of Representatives. The company was a financial success. Convicted by the biblical passage concerning the “Rich Young Ruler (Luke 18),” however, De La Torre dissolved his thirteen-year-old firm and attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in order to obtain a Masters in Divinity. During his seminary training he served as pastor to a rural congregation. Lacking opportunities within the church structure due to ethnic discrimination, however, De La Torre continued his theological training and obtained a doctoral. The focus of his academic pursuit was social ethics within contemporary U.S. thought, specifically how religion affects race, class, and gender oppression. He specialized in applying a social scientific approach to Latino/a religiosity within this country, Liberation theologies in the Caribbean and Latin America, and postmodern/postcolonial social theory. De La Torre is one of the most (if not the most) prolific contemporary Latinx religion scholars. Since obtaining his doctoral in 1999, Dr. Miguel De La Torre has authored several hundred articles and over thirty-two books, including the national award-winning Reading the Bible from the Margins, (Orbis, 2002); Santería: The Beliefs and Rituals of a Growing Religion in America (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2004); Doing Christian Ethics from the Margins, (Orbis, 2004); and the two-volume Encyclopedia on Hispanic American Religious Cultures (ABC-CLIO, 2009). He presently serves as Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at Iliff School of Theology in Denver. Within the academy he is a past-director to the American Academy of Religion, 2012 and served as co-chair of its Ethics Section; President of the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Executive Officer (and cofounder) of the Society of Race, Ethnicity and Religion. Additionally, he is the founding editor of the “Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion.” A scholar-activist, Dr. De La Torre has written numerous articles in popular media, https://ourlucha.wordpress.com/ and has served on several civic organizations. De La Torre received a Fulbright Specialists Scholarship allowing him to teach at Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia during the summer of 2012. He has also taught classes at Johannesburg University in South Africa (Fall 2014) and Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany (Fall 2015). He recently received a Louisville Institute Grant that will allow him to do research in Cuba for an upcoming book on the Political Theology of José Martí.
Morning Devotional: Miguel De La Torre    Amphitheater
Born in Cuba months before the Castro Revolution, Miguel De La Torre and his family came to the United States as refugees when he was six months old. At the age of nineteen, he began a real estate company in Miami, Florida, and became active in local politics, at one point a candidate for the Florida House of Representatives. The company was a financial success. Convicted by the biblical passage concerning the “Rich Young Ruler (Luke 18),” however, De La Torre dissolved his thirteen-year-old firm and attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in order to obtain a Masters in Divinity. During his seminary training he served as pastor to a rural congregation. Lacking opportunities within the church structure due to ethnic discrimination, however, De La Torre continued his theological training and obtained a doctoral. The focus of his academic pursuit was social ethics within contemporary U.S. thought, specifically how religion affects race, class, and gender oppression. He specialized in applying a social scientific approach to Latino/a religiosity within this country, Liberation theologies in the Caribbean and Latin America, and postmodern/postcolonial social theory. De La Torre is one of the most (if not the most) prolific contemporary Latinx religion scholars. Since obtaining his doctoral in 1999, Dr. Miguel De La Torre has authored several hundred articles and over thirty-two books, including the national award-winning Reading the Bible from the Margins, (Orbis, 2002); Santería: The Beliefs and Rituals of a Growing Religion in America (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2004); Doing Christian Ethics from the Margins, (Orbis, 2004); and the two-volume Encyclopedia on Hispanic American Religious Cultures (ABC-CLIO, 2009). He presently serves as Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at Iliff School of Theology in Denver. Within the academy he is a past-director to the American Academy of Religion, 2012 and served as co-chair of its Ethics Section; President of the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Executive Officer (and cofounder) of the Society of Race, Ethnicity and Religion. Additionally, he is the founding editor of the “Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion.” A scholar-activist, Dr. De La Torre has written numerous articles in popular media, https://ourlucha.wordpress.com/ and has served on several civic organizations. De La Torre received a Fulbright Specialists Scholarship allowing him to teach at Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia during the summer of 2012. He has also taught classes at Johannesburg University in South Africa (Fall 2014) and Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany (Fall 2015). He recently received a Louisville Institute Grant that will allow him to do research in Cuba for an upcoming book on the Political Theology of José Martí.

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