2021 ACHTUS Colloquium Conversations

Latinx Practical Theology in a Time of Pandemic
“My God Will Hear Me!” (Micah 7:7)

May 14-15, 2021 (Online)


Friday, May 14, 2021
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, EST

2:00 pm, EST

Welcome, Prayer of Remembrance and Solidarity, Presidential Transition

Prayer service led by Pedro Rubalcava

2:30 pm, EST

Plenary Conversation

  • Theologizing Incarnation en los tiempos del COVID-19

Carmen Nanko-Fernandez, Catholic Theological Union


  • Contours and Detours of Latinx Catholic Practical Theology in a Time of Pandemic: A Latin American Perspective

María Clara Bingemer, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de JaneiroRubalcava

3:30 pm, EST

Break – Time to Reconnect

4:00 pm, EST

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Session 1: Latinx Narrative Theology: The Power of Story

  • Listening to Latin American Women’s Voices Expressed through Art: Insights for Our Time

    Rebecca Berru-Davis, St. Catherine University (MN)

  • Praxis, Method, and Narrative: Listening to the Stories of Our Latinx Indigenous Communities

    Cecilia Titizano, Santa Clara University; University of San Francisco

Session 2: Latinx Catholic Community Organizing as Practical Theology

  • The Latinx Catholic Theologian As A Community Organizer

    Nichole Flores, University of Virginia

  • Catholic Theologians and Political/Community Organizers Working Together in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Michael N. Okińczyc-Cruz, Coalition for Spiritual and Public Leadership (CSPL)

Session 3: Really Listening to Our Comunidad

  • The Latinx Catholic Theologian as Listener in the Community

    Jen Owens-Joffré, Seminary of the Southwest

  • Catholic Theological Education: Heeding Latinx Dissonant and Dislocated Voices

    Cesar “CJ” Baldelomar, Boston College

5:15 pm, EST

Colloquium Style Conversation: All Are Welcomed

5:50 pm, EST

Closing Prayer, Announcements

6:00 pm, EST

First Day Concludes

Saturday, May 15, 2021
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, EST

2:00 pm, EST

Welcome, Moment of Prayer
Prayer service led by Pedro Rubalcava

2:30 pm, EST

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Session 1: Reading the Bible with the people in a time of pandemic

  • Reading the Bible as Latinas during the Covid-19 Pandemic: Some Insights for Pastorality from the Book of Lamentations

    Ahida Pilarski, Saint Anselm College

  • Signposts to Read the Bible as Latinos/as Amidst the Contemporary Pandemics—COVID-19 and Racism—that Shape our Lives in the United States
    Dempsey Rosales, University of St. Thomas, Houston

Session 2: The Latinx Catholic theologian in the ministerial trenches

  • Doing Theology through Ministry with Hispanic/Latinx Catholics in Diocesan Ministry

    Dora Tobar, Director of the Office for Family Life & Hispanic Ministry in the Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana


  • Theology Informed by Ministry—and Vice Versa—While Accompanying Multiple Cultural and Linguistic Communities

    Ruth Bolarte, IHM, Coordinator of initiatives in Spanish for RENEW International; former Director of the Office of Multi-Cultural Ministry for the Diocese of Metuchen.

Session 3 (en español): Ecclesia in America: Solidaridad teológico-pastoral a nivel continental en un tiempo de pandemia

Conversación facilitada por María Clara Bingemer (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro) y Peter Casarella (Duke Divinity School) con Dr. Austen Ivereigh (Campion Hall, Oxford) sobre su colaboración en el libro de Papa Francisco sobre la pandemia, Soñemos Juntos.

5:15 pm, EST


5:20 pm, EST

ACHTUS Presidential Address:

“A Roadmap for Hispanic/Latinx Catholic Theological Praxis, Formation and Scholarship in a Time of Ecclesial Reconstruction”

Hosffman Ospino, Boston College, ACHTUS President

5:50 pm, EST

Closing Prayer, Announcements

6:00 pm, EST


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