Teología en Conjunto

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“Teología en Conjunto” brings together diverse  U.S. Latin@ voices who are engaged in ministry, social advocacy and theology. We are men and women from Christian denominations who contribute our perspectives and theological reflections from various social locations to the public discussion of the pressing issues of our day.

“Teología en Conjunto” introduce voces diversos de la communidad latín@ en los EEUU que son entre los ministerio religiosos, apoyo sociales o teología académica. Somos hombres y mujeres de varias denominaciones Cristianas que contribuyen nuestras voces y perspectivas a la discusión de asuntos sociales y reflejos teológicas.

Vea abajo una lista de nuestros contribuyentes y una biografía breve:
Below is a list of our contributors and a brief bio:

  • John Gonzalez: John is a Doctor of Ministry student at Fordham University’s Latino Studies program. His academic and professional interest is in the promotion of Catholic social teaching and the development of Latino based social ethics. Currently John works for Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Rockville Centre (Long Island) as the Parish Social Ministry (PSM) developer on public policy and social justice issues. He also is a adjunct faculty member of Molloy College in Rockville Centre where he teaches in the theology department. John is a married lay person with two children, one of whom is autistic. He is a first generation American born in New York from Colombian immigrants.    
  • Carmen Nanko-Fernández: Carmen is an associate professor at the Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Illinois. An Hispan@ lay theologian, she served as President of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS). Among her numerous publications is the book Theologizing en Espanglish: Context, Community and Ministry (Orbis Books, 2010). Her scholarship focuses on Latin@ theologies and postcolonial theologies, Catholic social teaching, interreligious and intercultural relations, im/migration and the intersections between faith and popular culture with particular attention to béisbol. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York she does teología  through a decidedly huban@’ perspective, i.e. Hispanic and urban.
  • Fr. Claudio Bugaleta, SJ: Fr. Claudio is an associate Professor at the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education (GSRRE) of Fordham University where he has taught systematic and pastoral theology since 2006. Born in Cuba, Fr. Claudio has been a Jesuit since 1980 and was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1992.  Besides university teaching, he has also taught at the secondary level, been assistant director of novices, and ministered to various Hispanic communities throughout the United States and abroad. Fr. Claudio has served as a spiritual and retreat director, formator of lay ecclesial ministers, and as a weekend assistant for various Spanish-speaking parish communities.
  • J.V. Cruz: Doctoral candidate in Theological Ethics at Boston College and a Visiting Scholar at Fordham University’s Center for Ethics Education. He is from El Cerrito, an “unincorporated area” of Riverside County, CA and has a hybrid Anglo-Chicano herencia. J.V. has worked previously as a lay minister, community organizer and educator. He holds a bachelor’s degree in U.S. history from the University of California, Riverside and a Master of Divinity from Boston College. His research interests in religious ethics focus on economics and political violence/peacebuilding.
  • Rev. J. Manny Santiago:  Pastor of University Baptist Church, a progressive American Baptist congregation in Seattle, Washington. He has a Bachelor in Sociology from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez and a Master in Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts. Rev. Santiago has worked with churches in Puerto Rico, Massachusetts, New York and Washington. He has also traveled extensively throughout Latin America working with churches of various denominations and with comunidades de base. Santiago is the author of “Being Baptist / Para ser bautistas” published by Judson Press, and is a contributor to The Huffington Post, the Washington Post, WorkingPreacher.org and SinApologia.blogspot.com.

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