Remembering Romero with services, scholarship

'Jesus in the Hispanic Community' book coverSMU’s Perkins School of Theology commemorates the 30th anniversary of the death of Archbishop Óscar Romero with a service of worship, a book signing and an interdisciplinary dialogue on March 24, 2010. All three events will be held on the SMU campus.

Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi, professor of World Christianity at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta, will offer a sermon for the worship service titled “Risk, Blood and Solidarity.” The service begins at 11:30 a.m. in Perkins Chapel. Harold Recinos, professor of Church and Society in the Perkins School, will preside at the Eucharist.

Following the service, the Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions will host a luncheon and book signing in the Prothro Great Hall to celebrate the publication of Jesus in the Hispanic Community: Images of Christ from Theology to Popular Religion (Westminster John Knox Press, 2010), co-edited by Recinos and Hugo Magallanes, associate professor of Christianity and Cultures at Perkins. Both will be present for the event, which includes remarks by Recinos and Edwin E. Sylvest Jr., professor emeritus of Church History at Perkins.

The interdisciplinary dialogue, “Politics of Religion/Violence of Love: The Case of Latin America,” is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions. The event, which includes a light dinner, will be moderated by Cardoza-Orlandi, who will join the Perkins faculty July 1, 2010 as professor of Global Christianities and Mission Studies. He is widely published in the field of mission studies, and has lectured internationally on the subject. He is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and has served as pastor of local churches in Puerto Rico, the United States, and Canada.

The luncheon and book signing take place in the Prothro Great Hall. For more information on these two events, contact Harold Recinos, 214-768-1773.

The interdisciplinary dialogue will be held in the Swalwell Connor Refectory, 104 Prothro Hall, beginning with a light dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by lecture and discussion 7-8:30 p.m. Advance reservation for the dialogue is required, with attendance limited to SMU faculty, doctoral students and professional staff. For more information, contact Rachel Lamb.

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Hamilton Visiting Scholar in Geophysics: Noted geophysicist Richard W. Carlson of the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution for Science, will lecture on “A History of Earth Formation” at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Crum Auditorium, Collins Executive Education Center. The lecture is presented by the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.

Learning to lead: Hunt Oil CEO and SMU trustee Ray L. Hunt will share his insights with students in President R. Gerald Turner‘s 2008 Leadership Summit at 5 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum.

Levine Endowed Lecture: Zev Garber, professor of Jewish studies at Los Angeles Valley College, will speak on “Faith After Auschwitz: Jewish and Christian Responses to the Holocaust” at 7:30 pm Nov. 12 in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall.

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Perkins Interdisciplinary Dialogue: Associate Professor of History of Christianity Edwin Sylvest will moderate a conversation on how La Guadalupe plays a central role in the emergence and practice of Latino Catholic religiosity. “Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe: Mother of God, Mother of the Americas, Our Cosmic Mother” is scheduled for Nov. 13 in the Umphrey Lee Faculty Dining Room. Light dinner at 6:30 p.m., discussion follows 7-8:30 p.m. To register, contact Carolyn Douglas.

Got talent? The SMU Staff Association presents its 9th annual talent show noon-1:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. An art and photography exhibit will open at 11:30 a.m. in the prefunction area. The show is free; lunch is $12 per person. RSVP for lunch by Nov. 7; submit payment to Nancy Skochdopole, 100E Blanton Student Services Building.