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Author Miguel De La Torre

Miguel A. De La Torre is professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado.

Despite earlier gains made to desegregate schools, spurred by the Brown v. Board of Education ruling 65 years ago, many private Christian schools and even public schools have been resegregating our classrooms. […] Read More

Multiple studies reveal that our current U.S. legal system negatively impacts communities of color. A disproportionate number of people of color face both prison time and capital punishment. According to a 2011 report by the U.S. Department of Justice, 67.8 percent of the 2010 prison population was non-white. That people of color unduly fill our […] Read More

One of the unexamined assumptions of the Christian faith is a theology based on hope. And yet, I find hope problematic because among the disenfranchised, the ultra-poor, the least of the least, I discover an ethos where hope is not apparent. Over the past several years, I have been wrestling with the realization that for […] Read More

In 2004, the American Red Cross charged the U.S. military with intentionally using psychological and physical coercion tantamount to torture at the U.S. naval base in Guantánamo (Gitmo). Prisoners there were: chained in uncomfortable positions for up to 24 hours and left to urinate or defecate on themselves, sexually abused by female interrogators, given forced […] Read More

Any conversation dealing with meat eating is geared to the minority of the world’s population who can afford to be carnivorous.  In order to maintain a U.S. diet, more than 9 billion livestock must be maintained to supply the animal protein consumed each year in the United States, according to an article in the American […] Read More

Today, the United States is separated from Latin America by a superimposed 1,833-mile border – a bloody scar, as Gloria Anzaldúa reminds us, caused by the First and Third Worlds rubbing up against each other. This is not a natural boundary; instead, this border was artificially created by James K. Polk, a direct consequence of […] Read More

Then, they will reply, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and fed you?” (Matthew 25:37) Seldom did I see an overweight person while living in Indonesia. In fact, at the food market I noticed a jamu (indigenous medicine) whose properties were supposed to help in gaining weight.  And here is the global irony: While […] Read More

I’ve returned from Indonesia; and yet, my experience there continues to inform my theological thinking.  Shortly before I left, I spent the day in one of the city’s poorest and most populated neighborhoods located on the banks of the Code River. Here, beside a polluted waterway, are the small dwellings where the poor live. I visited […] Read More

They sell the just for silver, and the poor for a pair of sandals. – Amos 2:6 Recently, I went cycling through Javanese villages not far from my home in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. I visited rural communities and spent the day at small cottage industries. During my bicycling, I partook in making noodle pastries, tempe snacks, laying […] Read More

For the last few weeks, I have been teaching a class at the IndonesianConsortiumforReligiousStudies as a Fulbright scholar on the Gadjah Mada University campus. The vast majority of my class is Muslim. The class I am leading is on the discipline of post-colonialism, specifically the impact of the Christian missionary venture upon the people.  For the […] Read More