Dr. José David Rodríguez presented his inaugural lecture as full professor at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicag in November. Titled, "Culture and Evangelism: A Latino Perspective on the Lutheran Mission in Puerto Rico," the address is open to the public and will be followed by a reception at 6 p.m., on the seminary's campus at 1100 E. 55th St., Chicago.
Ordained in 1975, Rodríguez served congregations in Puerto Rico and Chicago. He has held visiting appointments at the Seminario Evangelico de Puerto Rico and the Comunidad Teologica de Mexico, and was an adjunct faculty member at Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Ill., and Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lombard, Ill., before joining the Lutheran School of Theology faculty in 1985.
His service to the church includes membership on numerous boards, including the editorial boards of the Association for the Theological Education of Hispanics and the Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology. He was co-chair and planner of the first meeting of Hispanic-Latina theologians and ethicists held at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Rodríguez has contributed articles on Hispanics in the church to The Lutheran, Currents in Theology and Mission and Voces Luteranas. He authored "Relectura de la Teologia de Luetero desde el contexto del Tercer Mundo" was published in 1995 and he is currently working on a study of the confessing tradition of Christianity, from the time of the early church to the present, from a Hispanic perspective, and editing the manuscripts of the Rev. Evaristo Falcó-Esteves lecture series.
Rodríguez received the bachelor of arts from Universidad de Puerto Rico. The master of divinity, master of theology and doctor of theology degrees were bestowed by the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
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