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Episode 28: Season 3 - Rev. Dr. Miguel De La Torre

Prophetic Resistance Podcast

Release Date: 05/10/2019

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Content Warning: This episode contains mild adult language.

This episode, featuring Rev. Dr. Miguel De La Torre, is the first in a four-part series recorded in New York City in April 2019 during the Revolutionary Love Conference.

This annual justice conference draws faith leaders and activists across various movements for justice and healing.  The conference is hosted by Middle Collegiate Church and The Middle Project.

Rev. Dr. Miguel De La Torre is the author of many books, including Burying White Privilege: Resurrecting a Badass Christianity and Liberating Jonah: Forming an Ethics of Reconciliation. Miguel is a professor of ethics and Latinx studies at Iliff Theological Seminary in Denver, CO.

In this conversation, we talk about his take on the notions of hope and hopelessness; the myth of a Christian America; and his personal faith journey that includes Santería, Catholicism and Southern Baptist traditions.

Show Notes: Learn more about Rev. Dr. Miguel De La Torre http://drmigueldelatorre.com/   Watch Rev. Dr. Miguel De La Torre’s Revolutionary Love talk: SOCIAL ANALYSIS: THE MYTH OF CHRISTIAN AMERICA  https://youtu.be/1uSPVtgY6Mg