Soaring into the Night: Remapping the Theological Star Chart

Second in the HTI 25th Anniversary Series

Using the imagery of the Zapatista's reinterpretation of a cosmogonic myth "La Noche... la noche es nuestra," at the periphery of theological academic discourses, this presentation “apalabra” - rephrases – the present social challenges and provides suggestions to center the Hispanic theological thinking, stories and experiences to remap the theological horizon. The myth's reinterpretation provides a metaphor to reaffirms the essentiality of People of Color and especially of Hispanic groups to the survival of the U.S.A. and to the renewal of theological education. The presentation concludes by noting the leadership role of the Hispanic Theological Initiative in setting up "new constellations" and the possibilities of partnering with the nonprofit sector serving Hispanic communities to work “en conjunto” to navigate the “night” and continue to redesign the “star chart” of theological education.

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Over the past 25 years, the Hispanic Theological Initiative, together with consortium members schools and partnering institutions, has been transforming the ecology of theological and religious education and the larger landscape of education. To mark this historic milestone, Princeton Theological Seminary, HTI’s hosting institution and consortium member school, is kicking off HTI’s Silver Anniversary lecture series, commemorating 25 years of graduating Latinx scholar/leaders for service in the academy, the church, and the world en conjunto.

How it Works

  When: Available Now

Duration: 75 minutes

Format: Recorded

Price: Free

What You'll Learn

  • Explore the capacity of theological myths to reframe reality.
  • Learn about how partnering with nonprofits can expand and enrich the academic theological understanding and theological education.


LatinX community, pastors, theological educators


Doris García-Rivera

Doris García-Rivera

Rev. Dr. Doris Garcia Rivera is present Interim Director of Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America (BPFNA). BPFNA accompanies religious organizations in a variety of peacemaking initiatives with the mission to build a culture of peace by equipping, gathering, and mobilizing peacemakers. Doris was the first Hispanic woman to preside (2014-2019) the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico, bringing the seminary back to life after hurricane Maria with the collaboration of multiple relief organizations, partner churches, seminaries, and volunteers. Doris has been an ordained minister of the American Baptist Churches (ABC- Puerto Rican Baptist Churches) since 1990. She has a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Boston University Theological School, a M.A.R. in Cross-cultural Evangelism from Andover Newton Seminary at Yale, and a M.Sc. in Microbiology from the Medical School in PR. She is a proud Afro-descendant Puerto Rican woman and mother of three young adults.

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Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Senior Pastor, Asbury United Methodist Church, Atlantic City, NJ

Latasha Milton, Class of 2018

“My passion is doing what I can to empower and liberate people who are hurting. PTS has made me a better person and pastor because it’s given me the tools to better serve the oppressed and marginalized.”