“People with a Mission, People with a Vision: Pentecostalism in the Borderlands”

Union Theological Seminary Presents:

“People with a Mission, People with a Vision:

Pentecostalism in the Borderlands”

Workshops & Lecture Schedule

Date: Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

1:00 – 1:30 PM: Welcome and Introduction to the day’s activities

1:30 – 5:00 PM: Workshops (free and open to the public)

5:00 – 6:15 PM: Reception

6:30 – 8:00 PM: Public Lecture (free and open to the public)

Dr. Rudy Busto University of California (Santa Barbara)


Pentecostalism emerged out of revival movements in particular the well-known happenings in 1906 at Azusa Street in Los Angeles, California. Pentecostalism is defined as an experiential religion where orthodoxy in the Spirit and orthopraxis in action is followed by orthopathy in the feelings and motivations. In the U.S. Latino communities Pentecostalism has also been a source of social empowerment, which has helped in the formation of both a religious and social identity that rejects the racist and xenophobic imaginary imposed on Latino communities by the dominant culture religious and secular.

The events of this day will provide participants with the opportunity to attend two workshops that will focus on particular facets of Pentecostalism in the U.S. borderlands: the core concepts of mission and vision. The final event will be a lecture by Dr. Rudy Busto on the religious/social vision of the well-known Pentecostal activist, Reíes López Tijerina. Dr. Busto is the author of King Tiger, The Religious Vision of Reíes López Tijerina (University of New Mexico Press, 2005)

Workshop Information

Workshops are free and open to the public and participants chose two workshops. Note that pre-registration is required, with a deadline of March 20.

1:30 – 3:00 PM, session I

3:30 – 5:00 PM, session II

Workshop One:

“Pentecostal Revivalism and Identity Formation: Puerto Rico as a Case Study”

Rev. Dr. Daisy L. Machado

Professor of Church History

Union Theological Seminary

Workshop Two:

Rev. Dr. Samuel Cruz

Assistant Professor of Church and Society

Union Theological Seminary

Workshop Three:

“Pentecostalism with a Mission: Biblical Paradigms for Community Work”

Rev. Dr. Raymond Rivera

Director, Latino Pastoral Action Center

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