Jesus the Christ in the 21st Century (J21) presents
Rev. Dr. Miguel De La Torre
October 13-15, 2017
About the Series:
We are honored to announce Reverend Dr. Miguel De La
Torre as our 2017 J21 Scholar. Dr. De La Torre was born
in Cuba and came to the United States with his family
when he was six months old. Officially deemed an “illegal
immigrant” by the United States for some time, Miguel
eventually found his way to Miami where he began a
career in real estate. Over the course of several years, he
grew his business, earned a Masters Degree in Public
Administration, and ran for political office. After
becoming a “born-again Christian,” he pursued theological education at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He continued his studies at Temple University, where he earned his Ph.D. in Social Ethics. He has held teaching positions at Hope College in Holland, MI and Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO, where he currently teaches Social Ethics and Latinx Studies. Dr. De La Torre is an internationally known author and speaker focusing on ethical issues related to Latinx religiosity, LGBT civil rights, and immigration rights.
His most recent publications include: • The Immigration Crisis: Toward an Ethics of Place
(2016) • Liberating Sexuality: Justice Between the Sheets
(2016) • The Politics of Jesus
(2015) • Doing Christian Ethics from the Margins
Learn more about Dr. Miguel de la Torre by visiting his website: www.drmigueldelatorre.com More information about the October weekend coming soon. Registration opens late summer, 2017.
In 1998, then Minister of Adult Education, Reverend Dr. William Dols, and two laypeople began a lecture series inviting nationally renowned Jesus scholars to our church. The scholars led the church in a series of forums, conversations and sermons, which introduced emerging trends in Christology, particularly related to Jesus of Nazareth.
Since its inception, the series has expanded to explore a wide range of issues and perspectives related to individual and communal faith formation. The annual series is coordinated and led by a group of laypeople, working together with the Minister of Faith Formation.
Every October a nationally-known scholar, spiritual teacher, or theologian leads a weekend of spiritual discussions and explorations. While Friday evening forums and Sunday sermons are free, tickets are required for Saturday workshops. These workshops often sell out.
Our hope for this series is that it offers the best of contemporary scholarship, Christian theologians and other spiritual teachers to members of Myers Park Baptist, and to the general public. It is our hope that as we expand our minds together, we might grow deeper and closer to God and to our community of faith.