St. Davids, PA, July 31, 2017: Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University announces a “Save the Date” for the 2017 Orlando E. Costas Lectureship. The lectureship will be held Monday, October 9, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Iglesia Sion at 635 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19140. A continental breakfast will be included. The speaker has been announced as the Rev. Dr. Elaine Padilla, Associate Professor of Constructive Theology at New York Theological Seminary.
Rev. Dr. Padilla's theological analysis merges current philosophical discourse with Christianity, Latin American and Latino/a religious thought, mysticism, ecology, gender and race. She is the author of Divine Enjoyment: A Theology of Passion and Exuberance and co-editor of a three-volume project with Peter C. Phan, Theology and Migration in World Christianity: Contemporary Issues of Migration and Theology, Theology of Migration in the Abrahamic Religious, and Christianities in Migration: The Global Perspective. She is currently working on a manuscript with the tentative title, The Darkness of Being, in which she explores views on the soul with implications for race and gender. Padilla is a member of the American Academy of Religious where she serves in various steering committees, and a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America.
About the Lectureship
The Orlando E. Costas Lectureship was established in 2008 to honor the work of the late missiologist and theologian Dr. Orlando E. Costas. It also serves as a way for Palmer Seminary to build relationships with Latino/a churches. A native of Puerto Rico, Dr. Costas died in 1987 at the age of 45. He is remembered for his passionate advocacy for the voiceless and oppressed. He left a major mark on a number of Latino/a scholars, having written 14 books and contributed to 17 additional books and 40 journals.
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