Jonathan Pimentel Chacón, a first-year doctor of philosophy student at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, has received an award from the Hispanic Theological Initiative Consortium (HTIC). The award is given by HTIC to increase the number of Latino/a students and faculty in theological education and better equip U.S. institutions to serve the growing Hispanic population. Chacón is studying systematic theology.
Chacón comes to LSTC from the Universidad Biblica Latinoamericana - Latin American Biblical University- and the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica - National University of Costa Rica, where he was professor of theology and a researcher. He has also served as the director of the theological journal, Revista de Teologia Siwo. Chacón is interested in Latin American Liberation Theologies, the literature of Juan Carlos Onetti, Marxism and theology, the history of flesh in the Western tradition and patristics-- Tertullian, Origen, Augustine and the monastic movement. He has published more than a dozen articles in theological journals and books.
Advanced studies at LSTC
Approximately 70 students are enrolled in the master of theology and doctor of philosophy degree programs at LSTC. International students represent a large and very important part of the program with respect to both their numbers and their contributions to theological dialogue and community life.
Faculty for advanced degree programs are scholars who are leaders in their fields of expertise. They are also experienced teachers and advisors. Students have access to the resources of the JKM Library on LSTC’s campus. It is one of the foremost theological collections in the United States. They also have access to the teaching and library resources of the eleven schools in the Association of Chicago Theological Schools.
Collaborating to prepare Latino/a leaders
LSTC is one of seventeen doctorate-granting schools that support HTIC. It is the recipient of the 2010 Excelencia in Education award for the best graduate program in the nation. The consortium, based at Princeton Theological Seminary, seeks to
- identify and prepare highly trained educators and leaders who will teach values and ideas that will make an impact in Latino faith communities and beyond
- increase recruitment, retention and graduation rates of Latino/a Ph.D. students across the nation
- increase the number of Latino/a faculty in seminaries, schools of theology and universities
- provide a forum for exchange of information, ideas, and best practices to address the needs of Latino/a faculty and students.
About the Hispanic Theological Initiative Consortium
Established in 1996 with a grant from the Pew Charitable Trust, the Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI) to create and nurture a community of Latino/a scholars to serve the academy and church. HTI was originally housed at Emory University. It moved to Princeton Theological Seminary in 1999. For the next ten years, HTI was sustained with grants from Pew totaling over $8.35 million. In 2003, Lilly Endowment Inc. awarded HTI an $888,000 grant to fund doctoral scholarships.
In 2008, Princeton Theological Seminary created a support structure for HTI including staff, office space, and operating expenses for a program of up to 40 students. It invited other seminaries, theological schools and universities to collaborate in recruitment, support services and financial aid for Latino/a Ph.D. students. For more information about HTIC, visit http://www2.ptsem.edu/hti/.
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