ERB Editor C. Christopher Smith had the opportunity to speak with 3 first-time podcast guests at CCDA: Sandra van Opstal, Robert Chao Romero, and Roberto Solis. They discuss their recent books, genuinely diverse worship, and the dynamics of being Latino/a in ministry leadership in our cultural moment.
Sandra Van Opstal is a second-generation Latina pastor, activist, author, and a powerful leading voice on the intersection of faith and justice. She is executive director of Chasing Justice, a BIPOC-led movement that mobilizes Christians to live justly. Sandra is the author of The Next Worship, as well as contributor to the New York Times bestselling book A Rhythm of Prayer. Rev. Dr. Robert Chao Romero is “Asian-Latino,” and has been a professor of Chicana/o Studies and Asian American Studies at UCLA since 2005. He received his Ph.D. from UCLA in Latin American History and his Juris Doctor from U.C. Berkeley, and is also an attorney. He is author of the Brown Church: Five Centuries of Latina/o Social Justice, Theology, and Identity (2020). Roberto Solis is co-pastor of El Salvador Neighborhood Church in Saltillo, Mexico.
Books & Writing Mentioned in this Episode:
If you’d like to order any of the following books, we encourage you to do so from Hearts and Minds Books(An independent bookstore in Dallastown, PA, run by Byron and Beth Borger)
- The Next Worship: Glorifying God in a Diverse World by Sandra Van Opstal
- Brown Church: Five Centuries of Latino/a Social Justice, Theology and Identity by Robert Chao Romero
- Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum
- Santa Biblia: The Bible Through Hispanic Eyes by Justo Gonzalez
- Pedro Paramo by Juan Rulfo
- El Trino Dios Y La Mision Integral by Rene Padilla, Pedro Arana, Samuel Escobar
- Voices of Lament: Reflections on Brokenness and Hope in a World Longing for Justice by Natasha Sistrunk Robinson
If you’d like to order any of the above books, we encourage you to do so from Hearts and Minds Books
(An independent bookstore in Dallastown, PA, run by Byron and Beth Borger)
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