Dr. Luis N. Rivera-Pagán, professor emeritus of ecumenics at Princeton Theological Seminary, will preach at the 149th commencement of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago on Sunday, May 17, 2009. The worship service and commencement will take place at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 5472 South Kimbark Avenue, Chicago, at 2:30 p.m.
Dr. Rivera-Pagán's scholarship focuses on the history of the Latino church, particularly the 16th century debates about the conquest and colonization of the Americas and on a theological reading of Latin American literature. He was the John A. Mackay Professor of World Christianity at Princeton Seminary during the 1999-2000 academic year. In 2001 he was named the Henry Winters Luce Professor of Ecumenics and Mission. Dr. Rivera-Pagán earned his Ph.D. from Yale University on historical theology and taught at both the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico and the University of Puerto Rico.
"It is an honor for LSTC that Dr. Rivera-Pagán will preach at the 2009 commencement service. He has been a mentor to important Latino/a and Latin American scholars. For more than 30 years he has been a leader in dialogues among Latin American theologians," said the Rev. Dr. José David Rodríguez, who holds the Augustana Heritage Chair of Global Mission and World Christianity and is professor of systematic theology at LSTC.
Dr. Rivera-Pagán is the author of numerous books, including A Violent Evangelism: The Political and Religious Conquest of the Americas (1992), Mito, exilio y demonios: litura y teología en América Latina (1996), Diálogos y polifonías: perspectivas y reseñas (1999), and Essays from the Diaspora (2002).
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