Join Candler for Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month Events

September 6, 2023

Candler School of Theology will celebrate Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month this fall, with multiple in-person and online events beginning in mid-September and running through October 17.

Taking the theme Nuestra Herencia (“Our Heritage”), the month of lectures, conversations and worship services is part of Candler’s ongoing effort to engage more intentionally with Hispanic/Latinx communities. And the annual commemoration’s unique timing, running from mid-September to mid-October, is also intentional: September 15 marks the start of a string of independence anniversaries of several Latin American countries, while October 12 is observed as Día de la Raza or “Day of the Race,” which honors Latin America’s Hispanic and indigenous heritage.

All are welcome to take part in these events!

September 9–December 3: Exhibit: “You Belong Here: Place, People and Purpose in Latinx Photography”  The Michael C. Carlos Museum •  Adults: $8; seniors and children age 6-17: $6; museum members, Emory employees, college students, children 5 and under: free (with valid ID) • Learn more

This exhibition celebrates the dynamic photography of Latinx artists across the United States, bringing together established and emerging artists who tackle themes of political resistance, family and community, fashion and culture, and the complexity of identity in American life.

September 14: Nuestra Herencia Bilingual Chapel Service
11:05 a.m. • Cannon Chapel or online
Preacher: Richard Manly “Bo” Adams, Jr., Margaret A. Pitts Distinguished Director of Pitts Theology Library and Associate Professor in the Practice of Theological Bibliography

Spanish interpreter: Déborah Ortiz-Rivera, bilingual reference and acquisitions librarian

September 19: Nuestra Herencia Bilingual Chapel Service of Word and Table
11:05 a.m. • Cannon Chapel or online
Preacher: Sandy Ovalle Martinez, director of campaigns and mobilizing at Sojourners

Music Leader: Antonio Alonso, Aquinas Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture and director of Candler’s Catholic Studies program

Presider: Joanne Solis-Walker, associate dean of La Mesa Academy for Theological Studies and professor in the practice of leadership

September 21: The Morgan Forum: “re:Wording: The Past, Present, and Future of the Bible in Translation”
2:00–7:00 p.m. • Candler School of Theology • free • Learn more and register
Candler’s Pitts Theology Library will host a day of events exploring the past development of the Bible through the library’s newly established J. Michael Morgan English Bible & Psalmody Collection while asking what may come next for a sacred text in our digital age. Through gallery tours, student presentations, panel conversations, and a keynote address, the Morgan Forum will offer opportunities to learn from leaders in biblical scholarship, teaching, and publishing to help us understand what the future holds for the Bible in translation. Spanish interpretation available upon request courtesy of La Mesa Academy for Theological Studies.

September 24: TheoEd Talks Orlando
4:00 p.m. • St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Orlando, Florida or via livestream • in-person tickets: $15 • livestream: free • Learn more and register
Sponsored by The Candler Foundry, TheoEd Talks is an ecumenical speaker series where leaders in the church and the academy share “the talk of their lives” in 20 minutes or less and aims to spark conversations that change the way people think about God, religion, and the power of faith to change lives. Featuring Lydia Esther Muñoz, executive director of the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry of The United Methodist Church, Jacqui Lewis, Brian McLaren, Luke A. Powery, and Clay and Cliff Price.

September 27: Dean’s Lecture: “Religion and Revolution: Gender, Identity, and Indigenous Rights in Mexico”
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. • Room 252, Candler’s Rita Anne Rollins Building or via livestream • free • Learn more and register
Speaker: Kathleen M. McIntyre, associate professor of gender and women’s studies, University of Rhode Island

This lecture will examine the intersection of gender, nationalism, tradition, religious conflict and community memory in Oaxaca during a period of Protestant growth in Mexico. Lunch will be provided for in-person attendees. The event is sponsored by Candler’s World Christianity concentration, La Mesa Academy for Theological Studies, and the Emory College of Arts and Sciences history department. Spanish interpretation will be available.

October 3: Lecture: “Bad Bunny, Ruega por Nosotros: Un Dialogo sobre el Reggaetón y la Teología Católica”
6:00–8:00 p.m. • Room 102, Candler’s Rita Anne Rollins Building • free • Learn more and register
Speaker: Ismael Ruiz, Provost-Candler Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Catholic Studies

This bilingual event will discuss the intersection between Catholic theology and the popular genre of urban music known as reggaeton. Dinner is included. Sponsored by Candler’s Aquinas Center of Theology.

October 17: Nuestra Herencia Celebration Chapel Service of Word
11:05 a.m. • Cannon Chapel or online
Preacher: Jonathan Calvillo, assistant profesor of Latinx communities

During Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month, Candler is also participating in a fundraising effort through Emory University’s crowdfunding platform Momentum to support Candler’s La Mesa Academy for Theological Studies. Learn more and give to La Mesa through Momentum.