Borderland Ethics ‘Sin Fronteras’: Neighbor Love in Liminal Spaces
February 22, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
LSTC, Room 201
Rev. Dr. Javier “Jay” Alanis
Executive Director, Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest
Director, ELCA AMMPARO Program
As Christians we understand that the human face is the reflected splendor of the divine that we recognize in the other (Genesis 1:26-27). Seen through this lens, de-humanizing practices at the border are a test of our ethical integrity. Alanis will present current border realities in the form of pictures and narratives from his recent periods of residence at the border. He asks, “How might ministers who speak in the public arena help restore the splendor of the divine in their human siblings in light of the de-humanizing system of the border control?”
Dr. Alanis earned a ThM and PhD at LSTC. He joined the faculty in 2000, teaching in the seminary’s extension program in Austin, Texas. He has given numerous lectures and presentations nationally and internationally on U.S. borderlands theology, immigration, and mission theology and practice. A chapter of his dissertation explores how the face of the Latinx neighbors reflects the image of God. Download the dissertation http://jayalanis.com/dissertation/.
The Academic Forum features original scholarly work presented by seminary students. The theme of the 2019 forum is public church. Presentations begin at 8:45 a.m. in Rooms 201 and 208 at LSTC. Download the schedule.