Dr. Juan Martínez to speak and lead discussion in both English and Spanish sessions
Fuller Seminary is participating in Pasadena’s “One City, One Story” book celebration by hosting a lecture and discussion of this year’s book selection, The Hummingbird's Daughter, by Luis Alberto Urrea, on Friday, April 3. Assistant Dean for Hispanic Church Studies Juan Martínez will lead discussion on the religious aspects of the book in two sessions: at 11:00 a.m. in English, and at 2:00 p.m. in Spanish. Both events will be held in Payton 101.
“One City, One Story” is an annual reading celebration in which residents across the city of Pasadena join together to read the year’s book selection. Organized by the Pasadena Public Library, the program is designed to bring the community together in reading and dialogue, with book discussion and lecture groups held in March and April.
The Hummingbird’s Daughter is a fiction work that weaves Mexican history, folklore, mysticism, romance, and family ties together into a rich story about a woman named Teresita, who comes to terms with her destiny and the power of her faith after a near-death experience. At the two lecture/discussion events to be held at Fuller, Dr. Martínez will discuss the themes of religion and faith expressed in the book—a tale of a father discovering what true love is, and a daughter recognizing that sometimes true love requires true sacrifice.
Dr. Juan Martínez, who is associate professor of Hispanic studies and pastoral leadership as well as assistant dean for Hispanic church studies, has served on Fuller’s School of Theology faculty since 2001. His research includes a focus on the history of Latino Protestantism, Latino Protestant identity, and ministry in Latino Protestant churches. His most recent book, released in 2008, is Walk with the People: Latino Ministry in the United States/Caminando entre el pueblo: Ministerio latino en los Estados Unidos.
For more information about the book discussion at Fuller, contact email@example.com or 626-584-5471. To learn more about the “One City, One Story” program, visit www.onecityonestory.com.