Embracing Hopelessness

February 15th, 2019

11:30am – 1:30pm

Location: The Boulder Jewish Community Center
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Rev. Dr. Miguel A. De La TorreReligion Professor Illif School of Theology Denver, Author, Scholar, ActivistHost: Richard Williams

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About The Presentation

Hope is used as a motivator in therapy and pastoral care. But isn’t this a social constructed hope that carries with it all of our progressivist, racial and political notions?  Might this hope increase the impact of privilege and oppression on our clients and parishioners who do not have the luxury of progress or privilege? How can we avoid offering this kind of constructed hope that denies or amplifies the suffering of our clients and parishioners? Can we co-create with our clients and parishioners a “hope against all hope” such that we might support those who suffer to keep struggling against inhumane treatment today and every day without resorting to the progressivist carrot of a better future – a hope built in the image of our dominant society?

About the Presenter

Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre’s is famous internationally for his work on social ethics and how religion affects race, class, and gender oppression. He has written over a hundred articles and published thirty-three books. Five of his books received national awards. He is the Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. A Fulbright scholar, he has taught in Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, and Germany. He served as the 2012 President of the Society of Christian Ethics. He is a past-director to the American Academy of Religion; and a chairs for two AAR committees. He is the co-founder and executive director of the Society of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion and the founding editor of the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion. A scholar-activist, Dr. De La Torre has written numerous articles in popular media. Recently, he wrote the screenplay for Trails of Hope and Terror the Movie, a documentary on immigration, shown at over eighteen film festivals and winning over seven film awards

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