Please join us on Thursday, May 27 at 7:00 PM EST for a book talk on The Puerto Rican Diaspora: A Model Theology. The evening’s conversation will be moderated by Rev. Dr. Samual Cruz, Professor of Religion & Society, and will feature the book’s author, Rev. Dr. Juan Carmona, and Reverend Luis Barrios. Click here to register.
About the Speakers
The Reverend Juan A. Carmona, D.Min. is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America. He was born and raised in New York City by his Puerto Rican family. He received his Bachelors of Arts in Comparative Religions from the State University of New York, a Masters of Divinity from New Brunswick Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Liberation Theology from the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. He is a retired prison chaplain with the New York State Department Correctional Services and has taught at various institutions of higher education, including having served as a Visiting Scholar at the Tainan Theological College & Seminary in Taiwan. Dr. Carmona is the author of two books: “The Puerto Rican Diaspora: A Model Theology,” and “The Sovereignty of Taiwan: A Theological Perspective.” He is married to Ruth Ayala-Carmona and has three children, Dr. Geoffrey Antonio Carmona-Baez, Jennica Carmona-Arandia, and Jessica Carmona-Baez.
The Reverend Luis Barrios, Ph.D. is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and a Professor (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Graduate Center-City University of New York, & Union Theological Seminary). He is also a Consultant to the International Human Rights Association of American Minorities (IHRAAM). Dr. Barrios co-editor and co-authored “Gangs and Society: Alternative Perspective”, “Almighty Latin King & Queen Nation: Street Politics and the Transformation of a New York City Gang”, and “Otras Naciones: Jóvenes, Transnacionalismo y Exclusión”. Fr. Luis Barrios is an Episcopal priest leading Holyrood Church / Iglesia Santa Cruz in Upper Manhattan. His commitment to justice as has led him to provide sanctuary harm-reduction for various people groups in the tradition of liberation theology. Rev. Dr. Luis Barrios was born and raised in Puerto Rico.